Sunday, March 16, 2014

Take A Tour Of The Billy Graham Library

On Friday we went to the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, NC. Admission is free, however they have an envelope that comes with your parking pass if you choose to make a donation.

Billy's family moved into this home when he was nine. It has been moved several times, although it was originally built on a 300 acre dairy farm. Billy lived in this home until he left for college.

Billy's precious mother was the bookkeeper for their dairy farm and she lived in this home until her passing in 1981. This is a photo I took of her on the entrance table into the home.

The d├ęcor is so subtle, family friendly-yet traditional. Billy's father built this home and family photos and memorabilia are lovingly placed on all the walls.

My favorite room in the home is the kitchen, which has an old-fashioned ice box, built in ironing board and a range. The windows are original and have ripples which is hard to see on this photo.

Afterwards we walked over to the library, which has an interactive tour through many rooms with the story of Billy Graham, a touching tribute to his wife and the message he evangelized worldwide. It takes over an hour and afterwards there's a library, a prayer room and a dairy bar dining area to peruse.
As we left the sun started going down and we meandered down the walkway to the memorial prayer garden where Billy's longtime wife Ruth is buried. Here's a picture of them on their wedding day, isn't it precious.
You can take a tour, or see more on their website.

Linked up to:
Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson SYC #94
Between Naps On The Porch #268
Coastal Charm #204
Imparting Grace #98


Unknown said...

I LOVE house tours so this is the first link up I'm visiting from Between naps on the porch!
What a beautiful home - love the kitchen too - especially the " icebox " and of course the history of it - great post!
( p.s. every window in my home has ripples and dimples lol )

Anonymous said...

I really enjoyed seeing this! I love the paint colors used in this home and that vintage kitchen is just wonderful. I'm in SC so not far, I need to drive up there and tour it some time. I'd love if you'd share this at my History & Home link party tomorrow. Take care - Dawn @ We Call It

Unknown said...

What a lovely tour! Thank you for taking us along and sharing about Dr. Graham's life. He certainly had a beautiful home to grow up in. :-)
Kim @ Curtain Queen Creates

Charlotte said...

What a wonderful place to visit! I live in Charlotte on land that was once the Graham's dairy farm.

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

I would love touring a place like this. My Sil is moving to Charlotte. I'm sure we will visit sometime. I'll have to tell her about this tour. Thanks for sharing it with Share Your Cup.

Nadia Marie said...

Looks like a lovely day out! :) Love the kitchen and dining rooms best! So vintage! What are the link ups on your post?

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