Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Straddling the Centuries

A late 20th century tractor in an early 19th century barn. That's as modern as were going to get here.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Fordson Model F 1920

Cue the music. The Ford motor age has arrived. The Fordson Model F was the first mass produced light weight affordable farm tractor. Produced by Henry Ford and Son Inc., yes, the same Henry Ford and his son Edsel, from October 1917 through February 1928. My best guess is that the one pictured rolled off the Dearborn, Michigan assembly line in 1920. That makes this machine a spry 93 years old.

Side Mower

Horse drawn side mower. We are in the age of steel, but not yet the internal combustion engine motor age. Note the log construction detail on the barn.

Appalachian Barn

Appalachian barn in the Virginia highlands, Gate City, VA.

Hay Rake

Horse drawn hay rake, aka landscape rake. But we have moved into the 20th century.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Goin' into town for supplies...

Hitch up the buckboard. We're goin' into town for supplies.

Barn and Wagon Shed

The is the largest of the old outbuildings on the farm. An old buckboard wagon can be seen under the shed roof extension on the left.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

All Cooped Up

Old chicken coop on a family homestead near Gate City, Virginia. The farm, which sits right on Daniel Boone's Wilderness Trail, has been in the same family since 1810. The coop isn't quite so old in comparison.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Next Stop - Staunton, Virginia

A little change of venue, if not subject manner. Did not hike to this spot. Stopped there for lunch while driving down to Kingsport, TN. This is not a defunct or museum station. Staunton, located in the beautiful Shenandoah valley, still has passenger rail service. We ate in a restaurant located in what was once the freight depot next to the passenger terminal.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Sunday, April 7, 2013

First Stop on America's First Railroad

A Cup of Coffee

This afternoon I walked to Ellicott City for a cup of coffee at the Bean Hollow. My stroll took only four hours, with time for the coffee and some photography. I started at the Union Dam tunnel beneath the Rt. 40 bridges over the Patapsco river in the Hollofield Section of the Patapsco Valley State Park, and walked south along the river and the rails of the CSX / B&O Railroad Old Main Line. After a nice stop stopover at the Bean Hollow I walked back. I started at 1:45 and finished at 5:35, just in time to drive home for dinner. A beautiful day for a walk. In the photo above you can see the Ellicott City B&O Railroad Museum in the center, with the low sloping roof, just to the right of the rails. Here's a nice little map.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Steam Tug Baltimore

This historic 1906 vessel looks like a mother ship nursing the dinghies nestled against her side.