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Circa 1760 Barn Lends an Aspect of "Place" to Whittier Heights

  Colleyville's Whittier Heights neighborhood draws both inspiration and its name from Fireside poet John Greenleaf Whittier.

A placed person, says novelist Wallace Stegner, is a lover of known earth, known weathers, and known neighbors both human and non-human. Such knowing, he says, involves the senses, memory, and one's family history, the kind of knowing that poets specialize in.

18th Century New England Poet John Greenleaf Whittier was a placed person. He authored many nostalgic poems like Among the Hills, The Last Walk of Autumn, Telling the Bees, and The Barefoot Boy.

Whittier was one of the Fireside Poets, who often employed the image of the hearth, around which families gathered to tell and learn stories. In his best-known poem, he reminisces about the warmly lit faces of his snowbound family passing the time in conversation before the fire. Of "Snowbound", in 1866 The North American Review wrote, “We are indebted again to Mr. Whittier for a very real and very refined pleasure. ’Snowbound’ is true to nature and local coloring, pure in sentiment, quietly deep in feeling....”

According to Stegner, people ascribe place to where they live, if what they see around them resonates in their heart. Place, he says, is perceived where there is a remembered and celebrated history that has contemporary meaning.

One such aspect of place about Whittier Heights is the 250-year-old New World Dutch Barn that will be restored as a gathering place for formal and informal occasions. An old-fashioned barn raising is set for Saturday, May, 20. The building, with hand-hewn timbers and a cathedral-like volume of interior space, is right at home in a neighborhood already rooted in richly remembered places. It's broad terrace and lakeside setting further enhance the barn's timeless appeal. Surely memories made here will resonate in the hearts of neighbors and friends for many years to come.

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