Dr. Rhodes Holliman, a descendant of pioneer families in Fayette County, Alabama, concludes his reflections on visiting his aunts and uncles in Newtonville, Alabama in the 1930s, a time gone by. - GNH
"These wonderful kinfolks never owned a gas or electric stove, a refrigerator or even an ice box; there was no washing machine or dryer and electric lights. No running water, tub or shower. No indoor plumbing whatsoever. If you wanted water there was a hand-dug well in the back yard."
Below is a Fayette County example of a 'dog trot' home prevalent in the 19th Century. While not his Uncle Eura's home, this rustic building has a middle hall way with an enclosed room on each side. Usually one built first one cabin and then as one prospered added a second side. Often one side was a kitchen. The wood stove made it extremely hot in Alabama summers, so the family lived in the opposite room. Photo courtesy of Dr. Rhodes Holliman and his niece, Glenda Norris