Monday, March 30, 2015

Friday, March 27, 2015

Friday Favorite..... John Brown's Fort At Harper's Ferry

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In 1859 John Brown and about 21 men, including 5 black men, held a raid on the Harper's Ferry, VA. They had hoped to have captured the armory and the arsenal that was there in preparation for an uprising to start an insurrection to free the slaves. This is the fire engine house in which they were forced to take up position.

U.S. Marines under the command of Colonel Robert E. Lee, who would later command the Army of Northern Virginia during the Civil War, along with his aide J.E.B. Stuart surrounded the engine house and eventually overcame John Brown and what was left of his men and took them captive. John Brown was later tried and convicted and was sentenced to death by hanging.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The Farmhouse

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This is called the Shaw Mansion, but to those who lived there it was just known as The Farmhouse. Built by Andrew B. Shaw in 1872, in a little village called Moscow in Western Maryland, the house was placed on the  National Register of Historic Places in 1985.

The house is a 2 1/2 story brick home built with over 300,000 bricks made from the clay found on the Shaw land. There were twelve rooms on the 2 floors, including a ballroom, dining room, kitchen, pantry, sitting room and numerous bedrooms and dressing rooms; with five rooms in the basement (for storage, etc.) and it also includes a full attic. All of the inner walls were made of brick and the hard woods used in the construction were walnut and ash, along with other hard woods used through out, all produced from the Shaw Mill that was on the land. In addition to the 10 fireplaces the mansion also had its own steam heat, running water and electric lights from the Shaw's own lighting plant.

Today it is being remodeled to be a bed and breakfast slated to be open this year. It is a wonderful building and to have gone through it was, indeed, quite a pleasure.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Winter's Last Hurrah

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Last Friday, at 6:45 PM, Winter ended and Spring began. That morning ol' man Winter decided to go out with a bang and left us with a last layer of snow. This was the view from my back porch about mid-morning. By this time on Saturday - 24 hours later - it was all gone. Sure do like Spring...

Friday, March 20, 2015

Welcome Spring

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Spring arrives today. However, by the time most of you are viewing this photo these little garden kids will have anywhere from 2 to 6 inches of snow on them. I guess this is Winter's way of saying "Good by". The good news is that Saturday is forecast to be Sunny and in the 60's. So it looks like no matter how much we get, by Saturday afternoon all should be gone. I certainly hope so... :-)

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Monday, March 16, 2015

Friday, March 13, 2015

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Smoke House

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This Smoke House was built in 1867. It is not in use as a Smoke House anymore, but it is used as a shop and for storage. It is a 12 x 14 foot building that was made from bricks that were made on the grounds.

Monday, March 9, 2015

March 9, 1969

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On the 3rd of January in 1969 I began a new job as a Pinkerton Security Guard in a local hospital. During that first day, as I was being shown around by the Sergeant in charge, I met Mary who worked in the Pediatrics Department. To make a short story even shorter, sixty five days later we were married.

That was forty six years ago and we both feel that it was the best decision that we ever made. We have no regrets and we are as much in love, maybe even more so, than the day we were married.

I still cannot believe that God has blessed me with such a wonderful woman...

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Monday, March 2, 2015