Article: The Pie Safe: Beautiful!

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By Sharon Brown on August 19, 2010

It was almost as old as the mountains it came from, but that pie safe held much more than pies. It held all the dreams of a little girl, and it held all the scents of her childhood.

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Aug 19, 2010 5:04 AM CST
Name: Neil
London\Kent Border
Dear Sharon, a really lovely and heartwarming story, thank you for sharing it with us.
Regards from a very wet England.
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Aug 19, 2010 8:42 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Thank you, Neil.

I think I need to borrow some of your rain!
Sep 2, 2010 6:10 PM CST
What a great story, Sharran. Such a treasure, especially since it was made by your ancestor. Is it made of pine? I've seen them made from all kinds of different woods of the region, though, sometimes from several different woods in the same piece. I have a pie safe, but it's not a family piece, unfortunately. We bought it in Old Washington KY. Maybe you are familiar with it--just south of Maysville, which was originally named Limestone. In the 1800's , Harriet Beecher Stowe visited Old Washington during the time she lived in Cincinnati. She drew upon stories she heard in the area for some of the material for Uncle Tom's Cabin. Some of the original buildings from the earliest days of white settlement of KY are there. . If you have some white plates, you could stand them up in back of the cranberry glass, making it show up nicely, especially if you laid white napkins or some other cloth under the glass. The pitchers sound like a good idea, though.
Sep 2, 2010 6:28 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Hi Dolly! Great to see you here.
The pie safes were usually made of pine, but I think this one is of different woods. Not sure, but I think so. Pine is no doubt included.

Great that you have a pie safe, too. I know of Old Washington, and was there years ago. It was a part of the Underground Railroad, if I'm not mistaken. And yes, I did know about Stowe's story sources from the area.

I'm still thinking about what I'll store in the pie safe. I just can't decide. I do have some white china, so now I'll be thinking of your suggestion. I have a couple of pitcher and bowl sets, but the depth is not such that the bowls will fit. I was thinking though, they sure would be pretty there.

Thanks, Dolly...come back and visit often.

Nov 26, 2010 11:54 PM CST

Your writing always makes me sigh... it is contentment.

Your pie safe is older than the chest of drawers that my husband's ancestor made, but not by much. He made it for his daughter as a wedding gift. I love to look at the old cherry wood when the sun is setting and filters in through the window. It fairly glows at that time of the day. To touch a thing made so long ago makes you wonder about the lives of all that owned it before you. What treasures were stored inside?

In your pie safe we know that it often stored one very special treasure. It was you! I warms my heart to know that the pie safe made its way to you with all those memories still safely kept inside!

Thank you for sharing,
Nov 27, 2010 12:06 AM CST
Name: Sharon
I am so glad you know how it feels to own a real treasure. And you are right about the wood glowing. Mine fairly shimmers, and so does the wash stand my great great grandfather made. Don't you just love the comfort you get when you look at them? just simply have to make another trip to KY. We have many many things to talk about and see!

Thank you so much.

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