Wednesday, April 23, 2008


Three years ago we started taking our children and grandchildren on "Family History Trips".
I come from 6 generations of residents in the surrounding communities so I have alot of "places" that are important to our family. This post is about our first trip to the John Rowe Moyle Homestead. His granddaughter was my great grandmother. I remember her well.

She died in her 90's when I was 10.

Great Grandmother holding moi

The only remaining Indian Protection Tower left in the State. Evidently these
were common place 150 years ago.

This is the original house and is restored very nicely inside. Caretakers live on the property and give excellent personal tours.

View from inside the Indian Tower John Moyle was kicked in the leg by a cow and the leg had to be amputated. He carved himself a wooden leg that actually hinged at the ankle.


Ming the Merciless said...

wow! Such interesting family history. The old house looks really pretty and stately. And I love that photo taken from inside the cave - the cave opening frames the photo perfectly.

Ming the Merciless said...

Oops! I meant the Indian Tower and not the cave. I should read the entire post before commenting. :-)

Dana Jones said...

that is such a wonderful picture you have of you and your great-grandmother! I was also fortunate to know one my great-grandmother's and I cherish my memories of her, too.

PlumCreekMama said...

I love looking at old photos! We have a tower like that nearby in Dubuque, Iowa that overlooks the Mississippi. You've inspired me to go take pictures of it!