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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Stafford County, Virginia Courthouse

The news here recently had a story about archaeologists finding the original 1784 Stafford County Courthouse (Story Below).  This courthouse is right down the street from our house and I figured this would be a good time to document some of the cool things there... 

This looks to be a place where you can go talk on your cell phone without anyone else hearing you.  I can't figure what  else this type of structure could be used for....

This shows the archaeological dig sites at the courthouse.

Here's a link to the story about the dig and finding the1784 courthouse.... 

This rock wall on the South side of the courthouse is constructed of remains of the old jail which sat nearby. 

Across Courthouse Road sits a complex of small buildings which appear to be one of the many motels that used to sit along old Highway 1.  

Saturday, July 28, 2012

MD Part V- Misc MD Pics #2 (Final MD Page)

This is the final page of the Maryland series.  Just a couple more pics that just didn't really fit in with the other themed blogs from the Maryland trip.

Friday, July 27, 2012

'Golden Hour' on the National Mall

The US Capitol with the sun rising behind.
Someone suggested I get some pics in the 'Golden Hour' (aka 'Magic Hour) with some early morning or late evening sun.  I took these in my most photographed area, The National Mall, in Washington D.C.  

I'm pretty happy with the way they turned out, especially since they were all taken with a Blackberry!!!!!!

Morning sun rays through a construction zone on the National Mall. 
Air & Space Museum.
Any time I can get a nice shot of the sun, I'll do it...
Statue outside the Hirschorn Museum of Modern Art.
Another sculpture outside the Art Museum.
This Carousel is directly in front of the Smithsonian Castle.
Smithsonian Castle and the Washington Monument.  I had lost a good portion of the light behind the clouds by now.  I'll definitely be back to capture this with better light...
One last shot toward the Capitol.  Actually this was the first photo I took and the  photo at the beginning of the blog was the last.   I just wanted to mix it up a bit.....

Thursday, July 26, 2012

MD Part IV- Misc MD Pics #1

These pics are from the Maryland tour but just don't really fit in with the other themed blogs from that trip.  Nothing special here, just a bunch of shots I liked and wanted to put out.....


Wednesday, July 25, 2012

MD Part III- R.H. Wilson & Son's Country Store

This is part III in the 'Bridges of Washington County' series.

As we traveled out on our search of bridges near Hagerstown, MD, we came across Wilson Village which is in Clear Spring, MD, along old US 40 near the Condcocheague Creek just west of Hagerstown.

As we walked around photographing this wonderfully restored complex, an older gentleman appeared out of nowhere and asked if we had any questions he could answer. We asked what kind of story the area had and  in turn, we got a nice, detailed account of the history of Wilson Village.

He explained about Rufus Wilson (one of the nearby bridges we were on our way to photograph is called the Wilson Bridge, now I know why) who had built the store, blacksmith’s shop, a one-room school house and a post office in 1847 along what was then a thriving thoroughfare (called 'The National Pike').  He told us the story of how the property was passed down through family members eventually stopping with a woman who our tour guide explained ended up one day being his school teacher!

He remembered the area so fondly that when the opportunity arose in 1983, he and his wife bought the property and are currently in the process of restoring it to it's previous grandeur! Lewis Horst then took us over to a historical marker and showed us his name on the plaque! He seemed to be the type who would take us on a guided tour lasting several hours and let us explore everywhere we wanted to, but unfortunately we were getting short on time and had to cut the visit short. Some day though, it would be great to go back and see the rest of the restoration.

Here are a couple shots of the area....

Here's some more on the area if you're interested:

Sunday, July 22, 2012

MD Part I- Random Civil War Re-enactment-- 7/10/1863, Battle of Funkstown

We were passing through Funkstown, Maryland on July 21, 2012, and came across a full scale Civil War  Battle in progress in the middle of downtown!   

I've never attended anything like this and thought this would be a good time to take in a little history of the area.  Below are several pictures from the event as well as a link to a site with much more information on this battle.  

I tried to maintain the integrity of the time period in these photos be keeping spectators and modern items out wherever possible. I think that with the exception of the street,curb and yellow line, I was able represent the actual battle and not show any indications of when the shots were really taken.

These guys (and girls) really got into their costumes and maintained an 1860's feel.

It's amazing to see the way battles were fought 150 years ago.  These guys held up white flags  and all fighting stopped. They then met in the middle of the street and had a pow-wow.

In the end, someone's got to lose......