Tuesday, August 11, 2009

My Trip to Madison County

This is one of my fav movies of all time. I must have gone to see it 10 times at the theatre when it first came out.

I wanted to see the actual bridges so bad after seeing the movie. So, a few months later, we packed up the car and headed for Winterset, Iowa. Yippee!

Much to my surprise, the house used in the film was open for tours. I was so excited.
Here I am standing by the sign to Francesca's House. The house was open for tours until 2003 when it was partially destroyed by an arson fire. :(

That's why I'm so glad I got to go when I did. If you saw the movie, you will recognize the house. See Francesca's swing?

The tour was great, because nothing in the house was roped off, and you could go anywhere and plunder all you wanted. Here I am in Francesca's kitchen. (I was wishing Clint was standing beside me as I washed veggies. hehehehe )

Francesca's phone.

Her kitchen table. (I looked like a drowned rat in these pics, because it had downpoured earlier)

Francesca's Bedroom

They even let you get in the bathtub!

Roseman Bridge

My two sons on the bridge

Remember the gas station from the movie?

This is how it looked when I saw it.

Cafe where Clint ate in the movie.

We actually ate there too, since it was the only eating place in town. I'm sitting on Clint's stool.

Thanks for letting me share these pics. This trip was a real treat for me. :)


Anonymous said...

Love the posts...very interesting...great photos...Love the movie too! It's been a long time since I watch it...You took great photos...I found you at Lady katherine blog on Magnolia Belle....I live in Laurel...same place where Rose(Sugarplum Cottage) Rose and I go to the same church...Nice to meet you...hope to meet you when we get together...Looking for meeting with you, Diane, Katherine,Rosemarie,Carol,Christine,Charlotte...Have a bless week...Smiles and Hugs..Katherinellen

Tammy said...

You know...I don't think I've ever watched that movie...I must order it from Netflix!

I just hate it when they rope off rooms...LUCKY YOU!! The shower pic is priceless!!☺

Rechelle ~Walnuthaven Cottage~ said...

How utterly fantastic! I happy you were able to enjoy such a trip and am sooooo envious right now. I'd love to visit a place like that. :0)
I used to tell my hubby that he just had to buy me a house like Francesca's. LOL!
Enjoy your day!

Joyce said...

What a fun trip:)

Eileen said...

I am getting blown away by everybody's posts today! This is so wonderful! I LOVED THAT MOVIE! And I loved the book too!
Oh you are so lucky to have made that tour! I wish I had known, I would have traveled all the way from New York!
Maybe I'll go to see the bridge and the cafe anyway.
Thanks so much for sharing this! It made me happy!
All the best,
PS ~ You look so pretty in the pictures!

Twyla and Lindsey said...

Oh what fun! I'm so glad you got to go on the tour while they still had them. I loved that movie too, but I haven't seen it as often as you have:) I think I may need to get it out and watch again! Twyla

Dixie said...

One of my favorite movies.. I can't believe you could just wander around the house... and it looks just as I remember it from the movie. Wonderful photos!

ceekay said...

Thanks for visiting. I have NEVER seen the movie...but maybe I should. How wonderful to see the house and the bridges....I love to do things like that! Have a great weekend.

Manuela@Pleasures of Homemaking said...

That was a favorite movie of mine as well! How wonderful that you were able to tour the house! We have a covered bridge in my town but it's not near as cute as that one! Maybe if they painted it red!


Zoey said...

Oh, I loved that movie, too. I also read the book. What a great vacation.

Rue said...

Hi D :)

What a great trip! I've only seen parts of the movie, but I remember that house. I can't believe you can tour it like that.