Ian Babb has Passed Away

Details are limited at this time, but I wanted to inform you of the passing of Ian Babb of England. Ian has been struggling with his health for sometime, but many will remember him as the good natured brother of BFA Member, Cherida Babb Coleman. I’ll forward more news as it becomes available.


Elinor Babb Stroud – Obituary

Many of you may remember Elinor from the 2007 (San Antonio) & 2012 (Greeneville) reunions. Elinor is also the sister of member Lynn Babb.


Elinor Babb Stroud, age 91 died at Aarondale Retirement and Assisted Living Community in Springfield, Virginia Sunday, November 9, 2014, of natural causes

 She was born  October 9, 1923 to Olivia and Ernest Babb, on a farm in Chuckey, Tennessee, the third of four children and grew up there at a time when homes in Appalachia were heated with wood, lit with kerosene and were self-sufficient and somewhat isolated farming enterprises.

 Elinor was always interested in beauty, music and dancing.  She became an accomplished seamstress, tailor and home decorator.

 World War II offered her a chance to leave the farm and see more of the country.  She trained in typing and stenography and worked for the armed forces.  After the war, she met Mason Carroll Stroud while on vacation in Myrtle Beach, SC and married him in 1946.  They raised four children and lived in Great Falls SC, Carteret, NJ and Smithtown, NY eventually settling in McLean VA in 1967.

 Prior to moving to Virginia, Elinor was primarily a homemaker  who sewed clothing for her children, made draperies for the house and taught herself how to slipcover furniture.  After moving to Virginia, she studied for and passed the licensing exam to become a real estate agent, remaining in the field in one capacity or another for many years.

 Elinor enjoyed traveling and made trips to England, Egypt, Morocco, Japan, China and Israel.  After her divorce, she became friends with Bill Williams retired from the Architect of the Capitol and an architect  who had worked in Ethiopia.  Together  they traveled the East Coast, sailed on his boat and enjoyed music and dancing.  They found a new home in the Falls Run community in Fredericksburg, VA.  When he could no longer sail, Bill took up painting and started a painting class at the Falls Run  Community  Center in which Elinor was an enthusiastic participant.  After Bill’s death in 2005, Elinor stayed on in Fredericksburg, decorating her house, playing bridge and doing yoga and tai chi.

 Elinor will be remembered for her honesty, integrity and loyalty , her unfailing politeness and a sharp wit.  She is affectionately remembered by fellow residents and staff at  Aarondale Retirement and Assisted Living Community.

 She is survived by her younger brother, Lynn S. Babb of Wilson, NC, her children, Pat Stroud, Camilla Stroud, Cathey Sobuh and Bill Stroud, Nine grandchildren and five great grandchildren.  Elinor was preceded in death by her parents Ernest and Olivia Babb, sister Dorothy, brother Milton and by her ex-husband M. Carroll Stroud and her companion and friend, Bill Williams.

 Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. , Thursday, November 20th, 2014 at the Fredericksburg United Methodist Church, 308 Hanover Street, Fredericksburg, Va. 22401.  Relatives  and friends are welcome at the service and the reception at the church immediately following the service from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Shaking it up

Seth Babb’s 1787 Homestead, got its new permanent roof last weekend. I have attached what I believe is the first picture ever of the virtually completed exterior. The new cedar shake shingle roof is on. This newly added roof replaces the first one that had been improperly installed, and this one is water tight, and beautifully done. A special thanks to Canjoe John for seeing this through and providing the pictures and supporting info for this post.

With each passing day the checklist grows shorter on the interior. The ceiling and beams are now fully painted. I’ve also included 1800092_537905269676901_687026622365109485_oa view showcasing the newly distressed painted beams with the period Revere Green, which celebrates Seth’s 
celebrated contemporary, Paul Revere. You can see the whitewashed ceiling which provides protection for the wood and a nice contrast. Note that the Interior Wall is still awaiting a partial disassembly to allow for the movement of the farming equipment into the back room. Once the equipment has been moved and the wall reassembled, it will be painted in a lighter shade of green.

The farm equipment can still be seen in the front room near the massive fireplace, which now sports a distressed look. The fireplace was blackened so as to reflect it’s intended age.

10536234_537904673010294_4461912016582304965_oNot pictured, the structure still needs installation of the snow board that will offer the final layer of protection from Mother Nature. Finally, we will be 10679604_537904969676931_2640209068385513906_oplacing a crane on the fireplace that will hold the giant copper pot which previously occupied that space. We will keep plugging away at our checklist, but the end of our journey is near. However, the homestead’s new life is just beginning.



All Done!

Inexplicably, the job that was supposed to take 3 days ended up being completed in 1 day. The ROOF IS FINISHED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks to Canjoe John for coordinating the whole thing! He has worked tirelessly to help us complete this job. We have a few minor tasks to complete, such as the installation of the Snow Board and some painting. We will be tidying up our loose endings and hope to conclude work shortly.

Next up the Park Board will be working to re-landscape the property and add some stone steps to provide a suitable entrance. I guess we can’t uncork the bottle of champagne just yet….but I might just go buy another bottle for that day. I think this bottle isn’t going to last long.



Roof Construction has Started!

Mother Nature gave us a partial reprieve on the weather in Greeneville, TN today and work has begun on putting in place the permanent roof. Simultaneously, additional painting will be done and there will be a temporary removal of the interior wall to allow for those two large artifacts to be relocated. No pictures just yet, but I wanted to let you know that work was underway.

Work is expected to last 3 days total, so we should be winding this up by the end of the week. I’ll continue to provide updates as more info becomes available.