Thursday, November 30, 2006
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
AT YOUR SERVICE
Hartford, CT - On No! Not more fiberglass animals. Yes, I can't pass these up. I saw this dog behind the Old State House in Hartford. This is one of the dogs from the "UCONN (University of Connecticut) Husky Trail. These dogs are spread around the state to commemorate the 125 anniversary of U of Connecticut. They will be auctioned off to support the UConn Alumni Scholarship Fund.
This is the back of the dog, painted to be a service dog. The artist is Lucy Sander Sceery
For more information: www.UconnHuskyTrail.com
Monday, November 27, 2006
BEFORE AND AFTER – U.S. CUSTOM HOUSE – SALEM MA
Eagle atop the Custom House.
Salem, MA - This is the U.S. Custom House in Salem, MA. It was built in 1818 and in the early 19th century, between 8 and 12 percent of the U.S. revenue was collected here.
Nathanial Hawthorne worked in this building between 1847 and 1849 as a Customs Surveyor.
Info and early 1900’s photo.
PHOENIX LIFE INSURANCE BUILDING
Hartford, CT - This building is an elliptic lenticular cylinder; most people just call it the "Ship Shaped building". This uniquely shaped building is a major architectural landmark in Hartford. It was designed by Max Abramovitz; building was started in 1961 and completed in 1963. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places; I believe because of its unique style.
Sunday, November 26, 2006
FLAG POLE STATUES
Hartford, CT - Around the Old State House in Hartford are flag poles. On each of these flag poles is a gold statue. I did not find any information on these but they appear to be a part of Connecticut history. I'm not sure if many people even notice them but I think they look cool. Enjoy
Saturday, November 25, 2006
Kittery Point, ME - This is the Harbor Master's shack in Kittery Point.
Labels: Kittery Point ME
Friday, November 24, 2006
SAILBOAT ON THE SEA
Thursday, November 23, 2006
Capt. RICHARD MORE - PILGRIM
Salem, MA - This is a monument to Capt. Richard More the only Mayflower Pilgrim to settle in Salem, MA. I thought it appropriate for Thanksgiving.
This is Capt More's grave.
and Mrs. Jane More, Richard's second wife. Notice how fancy her stone is and how plain his is.
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
AFRICAN AMERICAN ANCIENT GRAVES
Hartford, CT – Ancient Burying Ground – I was walking through the burying ground and came upon this gravestone. Even though it has a death head on it I think that it is a recent stone. I don’t think the term “African Americans” was used in the 18th century. What caught my eye was “Five Black Governors”. I Googled the term and found out that African American slaves in New England elected their own Governor or King. These Governors were local leaders in their community and were often slaves of influential people in white society. The first black governor was London, a slave of Captain Thomas Seymour. He was elected in Hartford in 1755. The last black governor in Connecticut was Wilson Weston who served as governor in the town of Seymour in 1856.
It was thought that Connecticut supported the elections because it was a way to make sure that the African American population conformed to the colonies rules and regulations. If a black governor was responsible for carrying out punishment on his fellow citizens, the threat to the colonies authority was minimized.
Info from: Connecticut State Library
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Ye Olde Pepper Candy Companie, America's Oldest Candy Company
Salem, MA - The company dates back to 1806, when an English woman named Spencer was shipped wrecked and ended up in Salem. When her neighbors learned that Mrs. Spencer knew how to make candy they all got together and purchased for her a barrel of sugar. Her first candy was the "Salem Gibralter," said to be the first candy made and sold commercially in America and carried around the world by sea captains and their crew.
She originally sold her candy on the steps of the First Church but as the candies popularity grew she started selling to the surrounding towns by horse and wagon.
When Mrs. Spencer died her son carried on the business until about 1830. Her son decided to return to England and the company was then sold to a John William Pepper. John Pepper added Black Jack (an all natural stick candy made from black strap molasses).
Monday, November 20, 2006
SALEM WITCH MUSEUM
Salem, MA - This is the Salem Witch Museum. Inside your can watch a narrated display of the Salem Witch Trials. These trials went on for less than a year, March to September 1692. Over a hundred were accused but only 14 women and 5 men were hanged and one man was pressed to death; they did not burn witches in the Colonies, just in Europe. The whole thing started when young girls went into fits and started to say names during these fits. These are the people that were hanged. These fits might have been from a reaction to bad grain, ergot poisoning. It was found out later that a least one girl faked these fits and falsely accused a few people who were hanged.
A word of caution, this is not a museum for very young children. We saw one father that brought his young daughters(no mother with them); they looked terrified. It was a PG13 program with Satan, stories and drawings of witches eating children, etc.
Sunday, November 19, 2006
WE'VE BEEN "OUTTED"
Granville, MA - As a fund raising event in town the people from the "Fireworks Fund" plop this outhouse on your front lawn and you pay a "fee" to have it removed. It is a very unique way to raise money. I hope some people in town don't get upset when this shows up on their lawn. (They actually called us to ask first, but I don't think that is what they orginally were going to do). I guess it would make a great place to hang out when waiting for the school bus.
Saturday, November 18, 2006
FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH - LEE MA
Friday, November 17, 2006
Thursday, November 16, 2006
DOGS AND BEAUTIES
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
1000 th POST
Yes, another milestone. This is my 1000th post and hopefully many more to come. Thank you all for visiting.
Portsmouth, NH - This is a barn owned by Strawberry Banke, I remember seeing a craftsman in there one time. Strawberry Banke is an area of restored houses and museums. If you have a chance to visit this museum you should.
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
TODAY IS MY BIRTHDAY...
Monday, November 13, 2006
I WANT CANDY - PORTSMOUTH NH
Portsmouth, NH - "I want Candy" - My wife and I took a road trip up to Portsmouth this Saturday and this is one of the places I stopped. This candy shop looked very interesting from the outside and even more inside. I'm not sure how long it has been open, earlier in the year I think, but it is off the beaten path so I hope it makes it throught the winter with less tourists in town.
As you walk in the door you are greeted with this whiteboard with candy trivia on it.
This is one of the rooms with all kinds of candy.
Here is another room full of candy. They even have a lot of imported candy, I've seen on other peoples blogs they are always looking for candy from home or a candy they had when they were on a trip. So if you are in the area stop in, I Want Candy is located on Chapel Street in downtown Portsmouth, NH. For information, call 603-373-8211, maybe they can hook you up with that hard to find candy.
One reader who went here said that they are CLOSED ON WEDNESDAY'S.
Sunday, November 12, 2006
NO TRUCKER HATS
PURPOSE OF LIFE
Saturday, November 11, 2006
I decided to post some of my photos, one from each war. I don't think I have anything from the Korean War, I guess they don't call it the "Forgotten War" for nothing.
Vietnam Monument - Winsted, CT
Iwo Jima Monument - Newington, CT
WW I Doughboy - Hopkinton, MA
Civil War Soldier - Brooklyn, CT
Revolutionary War Soldiers - New Haven, CT
Friday, November 10, 2006
GRAVES STONES AND DEATH HEADS
Helen from Just Playin' put a comment on my blog about Mr. Eko from "Lost" needed a gravestone since he was buried on yesterday's episode. So, that gave me an idea of what to post today...Gravestones. These are all from the 1700's. One thing I like about the stones from that era is the figures on the top of the stones called "Death Heads".
This guy looks like he has a lichen beard.
Aged 14 years, 7 days.
Cool closeup of the death head.
It is a wonder that the stones last this long. They are mostly made from soft stone. This one is in bad shape.
Who ever carved this needs more practice. Bad spelling a the words don't fit on one line.