1770 Grounded Goodwife Farmhouse
From its “dawn of America” history to its dairy farm families, the 1770 the Solomon and Mary Root Minor Farmhouse is filled with stories of the women, men, and children who have called it home. Wide-board floors, wrought-head nails, and original King’s wood paneling above the eight-foot-wide kitchen fireplace evoke a taste of colonial America. The past seems closer in an old house. It’s almost possible to overhear debates about the Stamp Act, Boston Tea Party, and Daughters of Liberty.
In 2011, the Urban family was betrayed and swindled – and no longer had any hopes, dreams, goals, or money. Needing a place to heal, they discovered a foreclosed farmhouse in Woodbury, Connecticut that had been vacant for five years. The family made a low-ball offer to the bank, never thinking it would be accepted. Not long after moving in, an ice dam resulted in soggy kitchen ceiling sheetrock. When the family pulled down the sheetrock, they were amazed to discover a hand-hewn log beam ceiling. Velya’s research at the town hall revealed that the house had been built in 1770. Months later, when the curious homeowners “just had a feeling” there was something hidden behind their 1940s kitchen woodstove, they removed over three tons of fieldstone, cement, brick, and paneling. Uncovering a colonial beehive oven and walk-in fireplace was the beginning of the family’s healing journey.
“Our wounds are often the openings into the best and most beautiful part of us.”
Each member of the Urban family lost it all, and went on to become better versions of themselves.
Emotional healing is the ability to acknowledge events and circumstances in our lives that may have hindered us in moving forward. Many of us tend to bottle up difficult emotions like grief, sadness, anxiety, depression, addiction, and anger. We hide them in the attic of our mind and continue “living” under the charade that they are gone.
The healing process has come full-circle for the family. Velya and Ehris believe that when women who need healing are finally mended, they should spread the word, hold out their hands, and share some love and laughter with a new member of the sisterhood who needs help.