[caption id="attachment_16754" align="aligncenter" width="600"]<img src="https:\/\/pocahontastimes.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/25\/2017\/07\/DSCF0477.jpg" alt="" width="600" height="450" class="size-full wp-image-16754" \/> Photo by Jaynell Graham<br \/>Nola\u2019s House on 10th Avenue in Marlinton is a family vacation rental property. Not much has changed since it was home to Nola Rose and her children, Sally, Chuck and Tom. The ferns on the porch, at right, are more than 100 years old. They have been moved from porch to upstairs hallway, season to season. Sally said, as long as the ferns survive, she will provide a house for them to live in.[\/caption]\r\n\r\nJaynell Graham\r\nEditor\r\n\u00a0\r\nNearly every school, home and corner in Marlinton holds memories for the people who were raised here.\r\n\r\nOne such home is on 10th Avenue. It was built for Robert and Alta Rose in 1903 by M. E. Pugh.\r\n\r\nCurrent owner, Sally Rose Ribeiro, of Richmond, Virginia, said Pugh used his wife\u2019s diamond ring to cut the date, 1903, into the window glass in the front room. When the windows were replaced a few years ago, Ribeiro kept that one particular window \u2013 which serves as the beginning of a most interesting story.\r\n\r\nA lot of history, laughter and hospitality are contained within the walls of this home, but as is true with most homes, there was also sadness, tinged with a good helping of stick-to-itiveness.\r\n\r\nToday, that home is known as Nola\u2019s House, and is a vacation rental property.\r\n\r\nYears ago it was also known as Nola\u2019s house, because Ribeiro\u2019s mother, Nola Rose, lived there with her family, and welcomed the world to her door.\r\n\r\nNola worked for many years at the A & P Store in town, and in the evenings she was hostess to friends and extended family.\r\n\r\nPassersby were treated to a most memorable sight years ago, through the front window of Nola\u2019s house, when friends and family gathered around the dining table to play cards until the wee hours of the morning.\r\n\r\nThe interior of the house is much the same as it was then. Ribeiro said guests have told her that they feel like Nola might walk in any minute.\u00a0\r\n\r\n\u201cI just tell them if she did, she would say, 'Deal another hand. What kind of pie do you want?'"\r\n\r\nNola\u2019s house was always welcoming \u2013 she, with her deep laugh, and always something in the kitchen to share.\r\n\r\n\u201cThat is what I am trying to maintain,\u201d Ribeiro said, \u201cthat welcoming feeling that Nola had there. I want to be as accommodating as she was, so folks feel like they are being taken care of.\u201d\u00a0\r\n\r\nNola\u2019s House is not a Bed and Breakfast; it rents as a home, and, true to its past, there is \u201calways something in the kitchen to share.\u201d\r\n\u201cThere is always coffee,\u201d Ribeiro said, \u201cand there is food in the pantry, and all I ask is if people use it, that they replace it. But a lot of people bring their own groceries and prepare their meals there.\u201d\r\n\r\n[caption id="attachment_16756" align="aligncenter" width="600"]<img src="https:\/\/pocahontastimes.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/25\/2017\/07\/DSCF0487.jpg" alt="" width="600" height="450" class="size-full wp-image-16756" \/> Many meals have been shared around the dining table at Nola\u2019s House, and many calls have been made and received on the old landline phone. Wouldn\u2019t it be a treat for kids to use it these days?[\/caption]\r\n\r\n<img src="https:\/\/pocahontastimes.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/25\/2017\/07\/DSCF0474.jpg" alt="" width="400" height="418" class="alignleft size-full wp-image-16752" \/>\r\n\r\nAnd sit at that dining table that was a gathering place for so many people, for so many years.\u00a0\r\n\r\nNola\u2019s House has three bedrooms and two baths, and can comfortably accommodate up to eight people.\u00a0\r\n\r\nNola\u2019s House provides visitors with a \u201chome\u201d when they need it, as it has for others in the past.\r\n\r\n\u201cIt became a home to us when we didn\u2019t have one,\u201d Ribeiro said of her family.\u00a0\r\n\r\nRibeiro\u2019s father, Nola\u2019s husband, Bob, died of a massive heart attack at the age of 42.\r\n\r\nNola and her three children, Sally, Robert \u201cChuck\u201d and Tom, moved in with Bob\u2019s mother, Alta, in the early 1960s.\r\n\r\nAlta quickly became known as \u201cBig Mom.\u201d\r\n\r\n\u201cIt was very confusing at first,\u201d Ribeiro said. \u201cWhen we would yell \u2018Mom,\u2019 two people would answer, so Mom decided that [Alta] should be called \u2018Big Mom.\u2019\u201d\r\n\r\nThat name stuck, and from then on, nearly everyone in town called Alta Big Mom.\r\n\r\nBut Nola wasn\u2019t the first in that home to raise children on her own.\r\n\r\nWhen Alta\u2019s husband, Robert, passed away, also at age 42, she was left to raise their children alone. The youngest, Louise, [McKeage] was just six months old at the time. The other children found jobs to help support the family. Peggy [Margaret Lutz] played the piano rolls for the silent films. Mildred [Shortt] worked at Lang\u2019s Dress Shoppe, Sis [Mary Ruth Moore] got a job in a lawyer\u2019s office, and as a young boy, Ribeiro\u2019s father, Bob, shined shoes. Another son, Shan, rounded out the family.\r\n\r\n\u201cThis was just before the Depression,\u201d Ribeiro said. \u201cBefore Social Security. Before Medicaid and Medicare. Before welfare. You had to depend on yourself, or your friends and family for help, or go to the Poor Farm.\r\n\r\nAlta rented rooms to make ends meet.\r\n\r\nSometimes it looked like the ends wouldn\u2019t meet.\r\n\r\n\u201cOnce, when she was down on her luck, Big Mom said she put on her best bib and tucker and went downtown to look for her brother, Charlie Young,\u201d Ribeiro said.\r\n\r\n\u201cShe found his car at a service station \u2013 but she didn\u2019t find him. There were two guys there getting gas, and Big Mom overheard them ask if anyone knew where they could rent rooms. Big Mom told them she had rooms to rent. The men were in the area painting Mail Pouch Tobacco signs on barns. They stayed through the summer and when they left, she found that they\u2019d left a $50 gold piece on the dresser for her. It got her through that hard time.\r\n\r\n\u201cI well remember that anytime we were down on our luck or running low on money, Big Mom would tell the story about the Mail Pouch Tobacco painters.\u201d\r\n\r\nIt is the stories of Nola\u2019s House that make it special to Ribeiro and her brothers, and it is, perhaps, two ferns that led to the home becoming a vacation rental.\r\n\r\nThe ferns are well over 100 years old, and neither Ribeiro, Chuck nor Tom wanted to take the ferns home with them for fear the ferns would die.\r\n\r\n\u201cAs long as the ferns survive,\u201d Ribeiro said, \u201cI will try to keep a house for them to live in.\u201d\r\n\r\nIt takes bricks and mortar to build a house, but it is the people and their life stories that make it a home.\r\n\r\n[caption id="attachment_16753" align="alignleft" width="400"]<img src="https:\/\/pocahontastimes.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/25\/2017\/07\/DSCF0476.jpg" alt="" width="400" height="448" class="size-full wp-image-16753" \/> An upright piano and family photos fill the entrance hall at Nola\u2019s House.[\/caption]\r\n\r\nNow, folks from all over the country can come to spend time in Nola\u2019s House, and imagine what it was like to have lived there with strong, hospitable women who did whatever it took to hold together hearth and home.\r\n\r\nNola\u2019s House is available for rent year-round with the exception of the week before Christmas, when Ribeiro and her husband, Dario, Chuck and his wife, Sharon, and Tom and his wife, Carolyn, get together to check on the ferns and share the stories that bind them together as a family.\r\n\r\nIf you are looking for sleek modern, then Nola\u2019s House may not be your cup of tea. This is a \u201cfamily rental\u201d in a home filled with memorabilia.\r\n\r\n[caption id="attachment_16755" align="aligncenter" width="600"]<img src="https:\/\/pocahontastimes.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/25\/2017\/07\/DSCF0482.jpg" alt="" width="600" height="450" class="size-full wp-image-16755" \/> One of three upstairs bedrooms at Nola\u2019s House. The home is filled with family memorabilia, and the walls contain volumes of history.[\/caption]\r\n\r\nRentals of the property began with friends from the Richmond, Virginia, area looking for a place to stay during ski season, and it just blossomed, Ribeiro said.\r\n\r\nWeddings and family reunions have now moved to the forefront of activities that bring people to Nola\u2019s threshold.\r\n\r\nReservations may be made at VRBO.com\/379544 or by contacting Ribeiro at 804-937-0568.