Several of the Gold family girl cousins and a cousin-in-law had a blast at their recent reunion. Their grandfather, Joseph C. Gold, arrived in Beech Grove shortly after the town was incorporated and was eager to work at the Big Four Shops, or the railroad complex now known as Amtrak.
When it was clear that there were long-term employment opportunities there, Gold decided to put down his roots. He bought several residential and commercial plots of land, one of which now houses the Tea Room of Rustic Root.
What better way to start to the reunion than by going back to their roots. Coincidentally, the date of their reunion coincided with the royal wedding of Harry and Meghan, so having tea was a natural. One of the cousins made fascinator hats for the girls to wear.
After tea it was time to take a prearranged tour of their grandparents’ former home. The new homeowners have lovingly brought the 1925 homestead up-to-date, similar to the style of HGTV’s Chip and Joanna Gaines. What a treat it was for the cousins to be in the home where their grandparents had spent so much time with them many years ago.
The girls were flooded with memories and emotions. How great it was to see that the owners had been taking such good care and pride in their home – the same way that their grandparents had when they built and moved into it decades ago. The cousins had fun showing the sweet couple pictures taken in and outside the house from years ago.
It was fun to compare the old and new pictures. There had been many celebrations in the old house, including the wedding reception of the parents of two of the cousins. After various photos were taken, everyone exchanged goodbye hugs, and the cousins left with happy hearts and tears in their eyes.
It was then off to The Inn at Benjamin Harrison State Park, where the girls spent the evening playing games and reminiscing about family traditions, vacations and other celebrations shared as children. They had fun pouring over family photos of their early Beech Grove ancestors, and they stayed up until the wee hours of the morning chatting and snacking, just like slumber parties of yore