Archive

Posts Tagged ‘buena vista’

The Natural Beauty of Natural Bridge

May 21st, 2011 Sears Homes No comments

In September 2010, my husband and I visited Natural Bridge (the city with the bridge) and saw THE Natural Bridge. After paying our $18 per person admission fee (yikes!), we walked down the 137 steps to see one of the Seven Natural Wonders of The World. It was as beautiful as promised.

Gazing upon its magnificence, I thought about this Bible verse from Hebrews 11: “For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God” (New International Version 1984).

The Indians were similarly inspired. According to a placard at the site, “Before white men came to our shores, the Monacan Indians considered this ancient wonder a sacred site and called it ‘The Bridge of God.’”

I love gazing upon magnificent architecture and I love thinking about how old houses were put together. But more than anything else, I love thinking about God as The Greatest Architect, and like the writer of the Hebrew verse, I look forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God. :)

To read about the Sears Homes in nearby Buena Vista, click here.

To buy Rose’s book, click here.

Natural Bridge

Natural Bridge is open to visitors seven days a week.

Natural Bridge

Wayne resting along the way to Natural Bridge

To read another article on Sears Homes, click here.

* * *

Sears Home in Buena Vista, Virginia

September 16th, 2010 Sears Homes 3 comments

The last time I visited Buena Vista, Virginia was 1969. Our family had been vacationing in Douthat State Park and we were awakened in the wee hours by a park ranger and told to get out immediately due to extreme flooding. Hurricane Camille had visited overnight and the torrential rains had washed out several roads and bridges in the mountains. Quickly, my parents, three brothers and myself gathered up our possessions and loaded up the 1957 Cadillac and headed home. Driving home down US Highway 60, we stopped in Buena Vista and had lunch.

That was 1969. I didn’t know how to identify Sears Homes back then.  :)

My parents, having lived in California for much of their life, always called this little town “Bwayna Vista.”

Since we started planning our trip to western Virginia some months ago, my husband and I have had an ongoing argument as to the proper pronunciation of Buena Vista. I say it’s Bwayna Vista. He says it Byoona Vista. We compromised by calling it “BV.”

Nonetheless, here’s a perfect Sears Cedars in BV, VA. Incredibly, it still has its little garden gate (far left). What a perfect match!

To read more about Sears Homes (and how to identify them) click here.

To buy Rose’s book, click here.

Sears Cedars from the 1929  Sears Modern Homes catalog

Sears Cedars from the 1929 Sears Modern Homes catalog

Sears  Cedars - Close-up

Sears Cedars - Close-up

Sears Cedars

Sears Cedars in Buena Vista

Sears Cedar in Buena Vista

Sears Cedars - another view

Sears Cedars - with close-up of little gate

Sears Cedars - with close-up of little gate