Emmett’s Boyhood Home Gets Fresh(ened Up)

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During my visit to Florida, I stopped by to see the folks who own Emmett’s boyhood home, on 6th Street in Chipley. They were gracious to let me walk around and take photos of the improvements.

Side entrance, once Dr. Wilson's home office entrance.

Side entrance, once Dr. Wilson’s home office entrance.

There used to be stairs to this entrance many years ago; it was once Dr. Wilson’s home office entrance. This side of the house is being painted; shutters have been removed and will be repainted as well.

The back porch steps to what was the kitchen during Emmett's time.

The back porch steps to what was the kitchen during Emmett’s time.

The ceiling of the back porch to the former kitchen.

The ceiling of the back porch to the former kitchen, ready for painting.

This was the entrance to the former kitchen, in the rear of the house.

This was the entrance to the former kitchen, in the rear of the house.

This house has four porches, by the way. One running across the front, two along the right side of the building, and one in the rear, actually a sleeping porch.

A new roof, and the finished painted left side of the house.

A new roof, and the finished painted left side of the house.

The front porch, freshly painted.

The front porch, freshly painted.

One of my favorite things about this house -- the porch swing. I can see Emmett sitting there, rocking back and forth, perhaps seated with his father, talking.

One of my favorite things about this house — the porch swing. I can see Emmett sitting there, gently rocking back and forth.

The owners of Emmett’s boyhood home in Chipley have done a great job freshening things up around the house. The Wilsons would definitely approve.

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