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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Have you ever seen a cistern?

A cistern is an underground reservoir for storing a liquid, especially storing rainwater. Tim can remember his Uncle Bob using a cistern to give him water. The other day we visited Camp Nelson in Nicholasville, Kentucky and spotted a cistern.

The cistern and herb garden are located close to the Little White House, also known as the Oliver Perry Mansion. It was built in 1850 and confiscated by the Union Army from 1863-1866 as a base of operations.

The little herb garden smelled of oregano no matter where I stood. I enjoyed seeing the Lamb's ears, poppies, rue, hyssop, thyme, and many other beautiful and fragrant herbs. I've had very little experience growing herbs. One year I grew lavender, but I've mostly stuck to flowers and a very few vegetables. I'm not sure if the Union army had a herb garden to feed all the soldiers and the Tennessee refugees who had run to save their lives.

I encourage you to get out and enjoy our beautiful world, and if you can squeeze in a little history, go for it.


  1. When my grandparents' house was readied for sale, my aunt discovered a cistern in the basement. I never knew what it looked like. Probably something like what you saw. You never know what you'll find in old homes.

  2. Hi Terri, you're right. Old homes can be full of treasures.

    Thanks for stopping by.



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