The Old 23rd at Christopher Manor
Dear Friends of the Old 23rd Restaurant at Christopher Manor.
Our story began probably in the 1600’s when the logs in the Manor were but saplings in the virgin forest. A land owned by the Chickasaw Indians-living on and in harmony with nature.
When white settlers moved into this area in the early 1800’s, the trees were cut to be houses to shelter families. The logs of Christopher Manor were these trees, cut with a two man saw, hauled out of the woods by mule. Those trees must have thought their lives were over. And the life they had lived was over! Yet they were beginning a new life in a different way, becoming part of the stories of many peoples lives that lived within their spaces. For 200 years the logs formed the homes where children laughed, babies were born, deaths were endured. They absorbed the smell of bacon cooking, coffee making and hickory embers in the fireplace. They shared the hopes, dreams and the tears of the ones living in their space.
Time passed. They stood empty. Their arms of history opened to embrace visitors that came to the Old 23rd and shared time. The logs once again spelled coffee, then Shanny Bread, Granny’s Chicken & Dumplings and Ms. Novella’s Banana Pudding! They heard laughter, the sounds of pots and pans clanging about in the kitchen. They heard one humming, another singing, the chords of a guitar, the song of the harmonica. They rejoiced with sharing the Happy Birthdays, Anniversaries, the first dates, showers, rehearsal dinners and the wedding vows. They loved hearing the sounds of You!!-enjoying a meal, hearing Your conversation, hearing words from Your heart that entered the Soul. The Logs became part of Your lives. They shared in many ‘our last meal together’.
Thank each one of you that has come to the Old 23rd, has thought about coming to the Old 23rd or knew someone that came to the Old 23rd. Thank you for blessing us with your presence and moments of your life. Thank you for partaking of the food we lovingly prepared for you. Thank you for the smiles, the hugs you gave, the appreciation you graciously offered. The blessing of your visits is without words. You have become part of the story of the Logs! You have become part of the Linage of the Logs that reaches back generations -healing, strengthening us to continue our own life journey’s.
The Story of the Logs will continue. The Chapter of the Old 23 Restaurant has come to an end. May we glean some of the lessons of the Logs.
Live in Harmony.
Plant our Roots in fertile soil so that we grow to have the Strength to Withstand Life’s Storms.
Take only what we Need.
Trust in Life.
Listen with our Soul!
Blessings to each one that reads these words. May you have peace in your heart and joy in your life. Linda Zanaty