Pretty soon, Smokey Hollow Road will get that beautifully spooky and Halloweeny vibe – one of my favorite times of year.
But for now, it’s lush and lovely, like a northern rainforest bursting with life. That’s especially true of this stretch of Smokey Hollow Road near the intersection of Ladd Road.
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We can be very grateful that the Old Mission Peninsula Historical Society continues to plant trees along our roads, as the older trees begin to die off.
Our tree-lined roads are part of the OMP’s charm, and it’s easy to envision a horse and buggy 100 years ago, carrying ladies and gentlemen to church in their finest hats and clothes.
In fact, here’s one such photo below. This is of the Leighton’s driveway at the south end of this stretch of Smokey Hollow Road, only about 100 years earlier. The driveway leads back to the old Leighton farmhouse there. I’m going to say this photo is probably around 1900, give or take 20 years.
Tim and I rented that house at one time, and Mrs. Hilt – a teacher at Old Mission Peninsula School when we were kids – was a Leighton. I’ll write more about the Leighton family and our time in this house at some point.