Tuesday, July 29, 2008

The Ainsley House

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Around the corner from the the beautiful shop I showed you yesterday is the Ainsley House. It's home to the Campbell Historical Museum. I wanted to take the tour to show you the inside, which still has some of the original furniture from the 1930s but I just missed the last tour on Saturday. I had planned to go back on Sunday but I was too busy cleaning my apartment and doing laundry so I never made it! I've never been inside so I really need to make time to do this.  In the summer they have live music concerts on the front lawn.  Click here to see how crowded it gets!
This home was moved from it's original location. Guess what is sitting on that lot now? eBay's Headquarters! That's Silicon Valley!!!
Since I'm sharing some of the history of my city, here is an interesting bit of trivia. Fruit Cocktail was invented in Campbell! Canning was a huge industry here back in the day. Even as a child, I remember canneries and orchards everywhere. There are little remnants of it here and there. In the photo below you'll see the Campbell water tower. I remember seeing many of these around when I was a kid. I think this may be one of the few left.
I have to share something with you! I got an amazing opportunity so please visit my product review page to read more about it (Click here to see) You won't believe this!!! This really has been a great year for me!


Tracie~MPMaison said...

Hi Cindy,
I used to drive by the Ainsley Mansion with my grandma (in the olden days!). Thanks for bringing back some wonderful memories. It's looking beautiful these days. I'm surprised they moved it, but happy it's being appreciated by many. I remember the canneries too and all the orchards. There used to be five houses on our block, then orchards all around the other side. Love the picture of the water tower in downtown Campbell too!
Happy day,

Liz said...

What a dreamy fairytale house! I hope you do another post with the inside.

I checked your product review blog the other day and then again today! How cool for your. Congrats! Your are the queen of blogs! : )

Laeriss said...

Thanks you for the visit of "My heart in Provence" ! Love yours pictures and your blog ;-) Laeriss.

Anonymous said...

Hi Cindy:
It is so wonderful to see you blossom; you've undergone quite a transformation! (I'm still waiting for a picture with a HUGE smile, because I know it's there!)
I read your blog everyday and enjoy it so much. I think you have many great things in your future...we all think so! Keep up the fantastic lovely work that we all so much! All the Best- Sandra

Pink Slippers said...

Congratulations! hugs.

The Scarlett Rose Garden said...

OH! Be still my heart... what a beatiful cottage!

Ok, as much as I shop on eBay, I am peeved about them mooving this gem for their headquarters... but at least they moved it!

I can't wait to see inside!

Stitcher S said...

Gorgeous home, thanks for the great photos.

Anonymous said...

Wow Cindy! You really have some good "feng shui" going for you!lol Loved your product review and I wish you more shopping spree's and a continued great year! Sincerely, Jeannette

Glenda~Many Fond Memories said...

I do remember canneries. My Aunt worked in one in the San Leandro/Hayward area. We went to visit her there often. It was a huge factory.

We just don't have much history in this town. The dynamite factory blew up years ago, so there went a piece of history. Hercules, just isn't what it use to be.

We went to pick peaches when we were kids along with grapes in places. You hardly get to do that much anymore. I think we all need to get back to planting out own fruit baring trees again, it would save money in the long run with all the high prices.


Linda's Blue Gate said...

Yaaaahooooo how great is that a shopping spree.... it could not have happen to a nicer person... It make me so happy to know you are getting some well deserved perks for your most wonderful bog....you put so much into making it a wonderful place for all of us billzion people that come...I pray more unexpected blessing will come your way
I could not leave a comment on the other spot

Idaho Quilter said...

I read about your experience shopping at Penny's, it is easy to see why they picked you.

Claire said...

What a beautiful home town! And congratulations on the JC Penney goodies!


Carolyn said...

Hi Cindy, You must be so busy!I love all your posts and look forward to each new one.It is always an inspiration.Carolyn

lisa said...

You live in a very lovely town. It looks quaint and very beautiful. Thanks for sharing the Ainsley Mansion, I can't wait until you take the tour.


Shelia said...

Afternoon, Cindy! First of all, I want to comment on you being chosen to shop! What a lucky, fortunate gal you are and oh, what beautiful things you bought. I dearly love those goblets. They're beautiful!

Now, on to that old house. It's amazing! The roof line looks like some of the houses in Carmel. I would love touring it, too! What a wonderful area you live in. My mother used to make a fruit cocktail cake when I was a little girl. Haven't thot about that in years! Thanks for reminding me.
Be a sweetie and enjoy all your new pretties!
Shelia ;)

Amy at Bunny Rose Cottage said...

What a gorgeous place! I would love to visit too! I cant wait to see the inside when you go!!!


ginger at enchanting cottage said...

I love to visit places like that. It is so pretty.I can't wait to see the inside!

Rue said...

Hi Cindy :)

I'm so glad that they moved the house rather than tearing it down!

Congratulations on the shopping spree! How fun is that?!


Michele said...

This place is beautiful inside, from what I remember. My best friend at the time was married here in the garden, and the bridal party, I was maid of honor, were allowed to go upstairs for pictures and it was really pretty! I hope you get to go back for the tour soon!!


Southern Lady's Vintage said...

Beautiful house! Congrats too!

JoJo said...

I am addicted to your blog for a couple of reasons. First, you are always on an adventure, making something, redoing something or finding an amazing bargain. Second, I am amazed and inspired by your energy and enthusiasm. Lastly, I can't wait to see what your next activity or adventure will be!

Angie said...

ohhhh..i love the roof and the way it curves..reminds me of a fairytale cottage! cute! can't wait to see the inside of this beauty..


p.s. i finally finished my tour of everyone's favorite things...that was so fun..thanks for hosting that! i found alot of neat blogs!

ginger at enchanting cottage said...

Hello again,
I just wanted to let you now that I have a little something for you. Just email me when you get a chance.
Have a great day,

JoJo said...

Oh Cindy, I read your post...please take a field trip to Napa! That will mean that all of us readers get to go with you! Can't wait.

emily said...

What a great house! So beautiful!! The pictures say it all.


Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

It looks like a lovely thatched roof cottage.

I loved everything you found at Penney's.

Judy said...

What a fun time thank you for sharing. I just checked your product review too. How exciting and what great items you found. Lucky you!!