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Beautiful Places VII

Take a virtual tour of gorgeous acreages from around the country. We'd love to add your beautiful place to our slideshow! Post your photos in our Beautiful Places gallery from the link below.
  • Barn on the hill

    L.T. Nichols captured this beautiful fall view of his barn and woods near Oak Hill, Ohio. The Nichols property consists of 84 rolling acres, and current improvement projects include building a pond, restoring a hardwood forest, and bringing the county water line back to the barn. Next on the to-do list is building a small weekend retreat/retirement cottage. "We will likely contract with a local Amish builder to help us put up the main structure," L.T. says. "This is an almost magical place with so much to do and enjoy."

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 1, 2012
  • Making maple syrup

    Brad Schmidt and his family love spending time outdoors on their Wisconsin acreage. This photo was taken at his sister-in-law's place, also in Wisconsin. Here, Brad and his in-laws, Rodney and Corinne Dix, and his daughters, Corrtney Jane and Callie Sue, participate in one of their favorite springtime activities, making maple syrup. "We spend two to three weeks making maple syrup," Brad says, "collecting the sap each night and sitting around the cooker on the weekends saying, 'What a great place to be.'"

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 1, 2012
  • Beautiful buffalo

    Bob and Susan Jackson raise buffalo on their Iowa acreage. They say feeding the herd through the winter of 2007-2008 was challenging, with snow on the ground all season.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 1, 2012
  • Chow time!

    Here, some of the Jacksons' buffalo enjoy a bite of hay. "Winter is the time for feeding our animals and feeding our soul," they say. Despite the hard work of caring for the herd all winter, "the excitement we see in the buffalo when we come out with their meal every day is passed on to us."

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 1, 2012
  • Oldie but a goodie

    Fancy new barns are nice, but they can't duplicate the character found in old structures like this one on Leigh Moore's acreage in Saluda, South Carolina. It's interesting to think about the people who built this barn and how they used it.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 1, 2012
  • Geronimo!

    Country kids sometimes have to make their own fun, and this ditch was just too inviting for the kids at Leigh Moore's place to pass up. She says all of them made it across without getting wet, except one. But getting muddy goes with the territory!

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 1, 2012
  • A boy and his dog

    One of the best things about being a country kid is that you've got room to roll around with your dog. Leigh Moore sent this photo of Trevor Jones, age 11, with his 10-month-old Treeing Walker, Gator.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 1, 2012
  • Maternal home

    "This is the my home," writes Darlene Totty of Readyville, Tennessee. "Home of my mother, her mother, her mother and her mother. 150 years of love in this little piece of Heaven." She and her husband, Bob, have the last five acres of what was once hundreds, owned by her great-great-grandfather, Dobbs, who is buried on a distant hill. He and another of Darlene's great-great grandfathers built the house and barn together.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 1, 2012
  • Creek full of memories

    "Generations have played in the creek in front of the house," Darlene Totty says. "They never forget the creek." She grew up splashing there, and now she shares the fun with Bob's seven grandchildren. "No blood shared, only hearts," she says. "You should see us by the creek."

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 1, 2012
  • Seeing what they saw

    Darlene Totty took this picture from her kitchen window. "I watch the kids out my double window in front of the sink as I wash dishes, just like my mama watched me when I was a little girl," she says. "All the women in my life washed dishes where I do, and I know we think the same things while doing this lowly chore."

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 1, 2012
  • Wisconsin wildflowers

    Brenda Fritsch and her family live in Freedom, Wisconsin, just north of Green Bay. They have 85 acres of land, mostly fenced, with woods. As you can see, there's no shortage of wildflowers either. Brenda says her place is "truly a piece of paradise and a dream come true."

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 1, 2012
  • Pond reflections

    The Fritsch family shares their acreage with three horses, a Jack Russell terrier, chickens and a stray cat. They've all got a great view of the barn as it reflects in the pond.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 1, 2012
  • Rainbow retreat

    Terry Boone contributed a photo to our first Beautiful Places slideshow of his place in the country outside Chicago. He captured this beautiful scene when he could hear the rain on the roof, but the sun was shining in the window.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 1, 2012
  • City dog, country dog

    Boone says his dog, Sammy, is just like the rest of his family -- he can't wait to get out of the city and head to the country on weekends! "On Friday night when he sees us loading the car, he starts to go nuts because he knows we are going to the country," he says.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 1, 2012
  • Texas snow

    Josh McCreadie sent this photo of his acreage in Strawn, Texas, in the north-central part of the state. He and his family own the 32-acre Horse Creek Ranch, so named for the horseshoe-shaped creek that runs through the property. They raise miniature horses and Angus cattle.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 1, 2012
  • Ohio farmhouse

    Jennifer Smith's farmhouse near Baltimore, Ohio, was built in 1862 and has been lovingly cared for ever since. "I feel I'm just a temporary caretaker of this beautiful property," she says. The lawn alone is four acres, but Smith enjoys taking care of it.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 1, 2012
  • Trusty tractor

    Jennifer Smith uses this 1954 Ford Jubilee tractor named Beulah to take care of her property. She uses a plow for removing snow, a box blade for keeping her gravel driveway in great shape, a disk to work her pastures, a bush hog for mowing, a bale hook for moving round bales for her dairy goats, and a finish mower for manicuring the lawn. "We use her all the time and she is just a fantastic small farm tractor," she says.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 1, 2012
  • Wise owl

    Daveen Stafford and her husband live on the Elkhart, Alabama, farm her parents bought in 1947 after her dad returned from WWII. They raise blueberries, lease their pasture ground. The couple used to raise cattle, and hope to take that venture up again when their son graduates from college in a few years. "This owl is in a tree in the very back of our hay field," she says. "We hear him most every night. We also hear coyotes and see lots of deer and a few wild turkeys. We love living in the country!"

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 1, 2012
  • Stately silhouettes

    Susie and Scott Hexum's horses make striking figures against the snowy backdrop of their Humboldt, Illinois, pasture. Their farm is 11.5 acres, all pasture ground fenced for their horses, along with a small four-stall barn and loafing shed. She is considering getting a goat to help control weeds in the pastures, and to be a companion for her horses. "When I go off riding down the road, the one horse left behind goes wild to try and desperately go with us," she says.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 1, 2012
  • All set for country kids

    The kids have plenty to do with this playground on Chris Stein's acreage near Columbus, Ohio.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 1, 2012
  • Mountain's majesty

    Kathleen Johnson and her family live on a farm near Troy, Idaho, that has been in her family for more than 100 years. The family has about 400 acres of farmland and 80 acres of timber. They grow wheat, barley, and lentils.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 1, 2012
  • Beautiful view

    This is another view from the Johnson farm. "We love north Idaho and are so glad that our ancestors decided to locate here," Kathleen says.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 1, 2012
  • Stunning sunrise

    Joyce Dreas lives on five beautiful acres near Festus, Missouri, where she captured this gorgeous sunrise.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 1, 2012
  • Day is done

    The view is no less spectacular in the evening on the Dreas acreage. Here, the sun sets behind a hill.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 1, 2012
  • Vacation vista

    Jim and Mary Jo McKenzie live in Dublin, Ohio, but enjoy vacationing at Fox Lake, in Dodge County, Wisconsin, each summer. That's where this amazing photo was taken. "It is so enjoyable to awaken at 6 a.m. to this beautiful and serene place," Jim says.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 1, 2012
  • Perfect pair

    Lei Ann and Dean Peace submitted this photo of her black Clydesdale geldings, Buck and Mitch. The snow doesn't bother them a bit!

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 1, 2012
  • Misty morning

    Doug Bauman, who calls himself an "antique engine collector and piddler," took this picture from his back porch one foggy morning. He and his family purchased their 11 acres in Laurens, South Carolina, a few years ago, and everything was so overgrown this pasture couldn't be seen from the house. "We worked hard in remodeling the house and clearing the brush," he says. "We now sit on the back porch and enjoy the sunrise in the mornings. We see deer grazing, hawks soaring, and squirrels scampering about. It is our oasis from the busy life of the city."

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 1, 2012
  • Picture perfect

    What an amazing view Linda Fondulas has from her home in Bridgewater Corners, Vermont!

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 1, 2012
  • Winter wonderland

    The view from the Fondulas place is no less spectacular in the winter when the barn and trees are heavy with snow.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 1, 2012
  • Optical illusion

    You may think you're looking at the beautiful Vermont home of Linda Fondulas. You're half right ... this is actually a reflection of her house in a nearby pond.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 1, 2012
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