Saturday, April 30, 2005
Friday, April 29, 2005
PLANT LIFE ALONG THE RIVERBANK
Thursday, April 28, 2005
LYMAN BEECHER HOME SITE – HARRIET BEECHER STOWE BIRTHPLACE
Litchfield, CT - This is where Lyman Beecher, famous Congregationalist Minster lived. He and his wife Roxana had eleven children; Harriet Beecher Stowe being the most well known. Other famous siblings were Henry Ward Beecher a minister in Brooklyn, NY; he was active in the abolitionist movement, Catherine Beecher founded many schools for young woman and Isabella, who was active in the suffrage movement.
This house is actually a reproduction on the Beecher Home site.
MONUMENT WHERE LYMAN BEECHER’S CHURCH STOOD
Wednesday, April 27, 2005
DAFFODIL FIELDS FOREVER
I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills
When all at once I saw a crowd
A host of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze...
...For oft when on my couch I lie
In vacant or pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.
Tuesday, April 26, 2005
WINCHESTER SOLDIERS’ MONUMENT
Winchester (Winsted), CT - This is the Winchester Soldiers' Monument to honor the 300 Winchester men who served in the Civil War. It was dedicated September 11, 1890. This monument sits on top of a hill and is 63' 10" high; it was built at a cost of $14,000. There is an 8'3" bronze figure of a soldier bearing colors; he weighs 2000 lbs. and costs $2500.
Monday, April 25, 2005
These fellows took advantage of the heavy rain we had the last day and a half to do some whitewater kayaking. I was out walking the "girls" and just as we were going to leave we saw these four guys putting in just above were the truck was so I pulled out my trusty camera and took a few photographs. They were moving pretty fast so I was only able to get a few.
Sunday, April 24, 2005
HITCHCOCK CHAIR MUSEUM
Saturday, April 23, 2005
Friday, April 22, 2005
WEBB HOUSE – WETHERSFIELD CT
SOCIETY OF THE CINCINNATI
The Society of the Cincinnati was formed in 1783 by officers of the Continental Army. Membership was limited to officers that served in the Continental Army and also included officers in the French Army that assisted the Continentals, and the eldest male descendents of both. The society was named after the Roman dictator Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus who had assumed total control of Rome to meet a war emergency. When the battle was won he returned control to the senate and went back to plowing his fields. Cincinnati, Ohio was named for him. George Washington was the first national president of the society. This organization still exists today. It has about 3500 members in one French and 13 U.S. branches (representing the original states).
Info from Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia
Thursday, April 21, 2005
YANKEE OR RED SOX PEANUTS?
Here is a quandary for merchants, should they stock Yankee or Red Sox peanuts. This is a problem especially in Connecticut which is between New York and Boston so the fans allegiance is split. For the most part, people living in Fairfield County Connecticut, basically a suburb of New York, are Yankee fans. The rest of the state would be Red Sox fans. Of course this is a broad statement and I'm sure the farther you go north the more Sox fans there will be.
Wednesday, April 20, 2005
HITCHCOCK CHAIR COMPANY
HITCHCOCK CHAIR CO. – FARMINGTON RIVER
Tuesday, April 19, 2005
PICNICING ON PATRIOTS DAY
Granville, MA - This nice couple allowed me to photograph them while on a picnic in Granville Gorge with their dog Coco. In the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Patriots Day is a holiday. As you can see it was a bright sunny day.
Patriots Day commemorates the battles of Lexington and Concord which were fought on April 19, 1775. It is in these battles that Paul Revere and William Dawes rode to awaken the country; Samuel Prescott joined them enroute. Paul Revere was captured and Dawes and Prescott got away. So, it is not Paul Revere that should get credit but Dawes and Prescott.
Info from American Revolution.com
Monday, April 18, 2005
NAUGATUCK – HOME OF NAUGAHYDE
Naugatuck, CT - Naugatuck was settled in 1702 by Samuel Hickox Jr. of Mattatuck now called Waterbury. It is a very industrial city manufacturing many products including rubber, footwear, synthetic rubber, plastics, chemical products, iron castings, candy cutlery, clocks, metal stampings, buttons, cosmetic cases, household hardware, fabricated glass components, and aircraft instruments. Inventions and patents of Charles Goodyear we instrumental in pioneer operations of Uniroyal, Inc. Naugatuck was also a main stop for several stagecoach lines between 1700 - 1800. Here's a bit of trivia, Naugahyde is a product of Uniroyal Engineered products located in Naugatuck. The manufacturing plant is in Ohio; Naugahyde is named for Naugatuck, CT. Contrary to popular belief, it in not made from skins of Naugas.