About 1862

Why this?

There is always a story behind things. I love to know the story behind homes, things and people. Antebellum came to me because of it's southern charm. The word is just so "southern". In my research of the word, I found that it is actually a Latin word  meaning pre-war. So, I wanted to know more…

When was it first used and why?

On June 14, 1862, Mary Chestnut, an author and wife of a commander during the civil war wrote it for the first time in her "Dixie Diaries", a documented journal of her life in the south during the war. She used the word to describe the large southern plantation homes owned by the wealthy. And it stuck-we still use the word today. Mary Chestnut was an affluent young woman and often traveled with her husband during the war to various outposts. She met many famous people like Robert E. Lee and spent time in wealthy plantation homes. In her diary, she documents her travels and life during the civil war.

I was totally intrigued by her story. I began to think about how I love the stories of the past. My husband and I do a lot of junking, picking, and antique auctions. As we come across unusual things, I always want to know the story behind a piece. Sometimes we get to hear wonderful stories, and other times there is no information available. I think a lot of our history is being lost because stories aren't being shared.

Antebellum 1862 is a place of simple home living "southern style!" Decorating, painting, organizing and DIY projects can be simple and fun for all. Join me on my porch for some tea and simple home living.