Thursday, March 26, 2009

Likes # 9 ~ The Mortons, Past and Present

These are the Three Morton Maidens who captured our hearts at a conference several summers ago. Constrained by distance, we kept in touch through e-mail, our yearly conference, and the Morton Household Blog (a marvelous site, full of delightful photography, fun descriptions, and joy in the Christian Life). We would visit at each year at conference and the summers were good.

One tends to anticipate a good thing lasting forever, but all things must change, usually for the betterment of something or someone...

First, Meg began to court, and wasn't certain if she'd be able to come to conferences after marriage because of distance (much better for her, the loss was for us).

Then, when the Mortons couldn't come to the next conference, as Meg had married and was waiting for JuneBug to arrive, we missed our dear sisters, but were overjoyed for them all.

Now, with their moving, Kate now courting (how fantastic!), and the conference several months away, we don't know when we'll next see our dear friends...

But, the Lord has blessed us with visits at unexpected times.In fact, we've seen them more in the past 6 months, than we have since we first met! Such tender mercies.

'Til we meet again!


The Mortons now have new blog - Morton Household Blog II.

Meg's family has a blog - Family Happenings.

Kate, when you've your own family, please make a blog!

P.S. All photos are unabashedly copied off of both the Morton Household blogs. For more delightful offerings, please visit their blogs!

Monday, March 2, 2009

Likes # 7 ~ Historical Exploration

Fort Necessity - Washington's First Command

Inside the museum- It was very well done and enjoyable to walk through and learn from.

Outside the Reconstructed Fort

Just behind the mound.

The Good "Guys" and... The Bad Ones
Sadly, the folks on the right won.

Following the walking trail from the fort, we came to an inn along the National Road.

Just the thing for weary travelers.

I believe this is all from the early 1800's.

The last stop on our National Road travels was a toll station.

Here we are standing outside the closed toll station. The other photo is a close up of a reproduction of the original sign. It's to the left, and partially covered by a pillar in the left hand photograph.

The only site we explored post 1865, Arthurdale was Eleanore Roosevelt's pet project. Primarily an unsuccesful government-funded utopian community, the Historical Explorer is made to ponder the purpose, result, and future of Arthurdale...

The Forge, view of an Aurthurdale farm, the ruins of an Arthurdale factory.

Afterwards, it was back to the 1700's. Namely, the Albert Gallatin beloved house, Friendship Hill. Gallatin was a secretary of the treasury and masterminded ways for the fledging United States to stay debt free. We should know more of this man.

The original part of the house is to the left. At the right is Gallatin's son's addition (his father was much less than pleased - he'd set his son to build a Georgian addition, not a peasant's cottage).

One of the rooms in Friendship Hill and a pleasant Gazebo overlooking the Mon (a foursome could squaredance inside).

After enjoying Friendship Hill's lovely museum, we went outside to the pleasant grounds and several miles of walking trails. From left to right, Kate admiring the Gallatin's well (the well, though formerly used by the family, is boarded up, but still lovely. Then we girls sat and pondered the fate of Gallatin's first wife. Following the trail beyond, we came to a lovely trail and hiked some miles through the woods. Such fun.

On our last day, we visited a Kincell Family Favorite - Prickett's Fort. It was soon to become one of our favorites.

Prickett's Fort is a living History Museum. Though quite small, it remined me of Williamsburg's ability to transport one back in history. We Carey Girls can hardly wait to take our family there. How Murray would love to throw a tomahawk!

N.B. Each of these sites deserves multiple postings of its own. Sadly, this is not possible. Hence the hyperlinks on each of the sites. I hope you find them informative and inspire your own Historical Explorations!