Thursday, August 17, 2017
“Sunday is the golden clasp that binds together the volume of the week.”
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
It’s a postcard perfect summer Sunday afternoon at the historic Heller-Wagner Grist Mill, located just off the Saucon Rail Trail, Hellertown, Pennsylvania.
The Grist Mill dates back to the 18th century and operated into the 1950s. The Borough of Hellertown took ownership in 1965, and nearly two decades later it was turned over to the Hellertown Historical Society. The Grist Mill is now an historical museum and a portion of it, the Tavern Room, may be rented for private functions.
The Wash House can be seen at right. It is the smallest stone structure overlooking the mill chase and ponds. Built in the 1700s, it most likely served as housing for early millers and their families, along with a portion of the Grist Mill. It is now referred to as The Wash House, because after the construction of the Miller’s House in the 1800’s, it was utilized to wash sacks for the grain and possibly as the family’s wash house.
The Grist Mill grounds also include The Miller’s House, home of the offices of the Hellertown Historical Society; and the 1860 Walnut Street Pony Bridge and a barn across the street.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
“The grain, which is also golden, will bring me back the thought of you.
And I shall love to listen to
the wind in the wheat …”
~ The Little Prince
~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery
A beautiful red fox peers through the high grass of late summer on a September evening at Trexler Memorial Park, Allentown, Pennsylvania.
Monday, August 14, 2017
“Everyone is entitled to his own nostalgia.”
~ James Wolcott
~ born 1952
Summer, Americana and Coca-Cola go together like mom, Chevrolet and apple pie, as seen on an early September afternoon at Chantilly Goods and Weissport Washboard in historic Weissport, Pennsylvania.
Chantilly Goods is an old fashion ice cream parlor, vintage soda fountain and candy shoppe. Walking into this old time soda shoppe is like stepping back in time into a 1920s and 1930s soda fountain.
Inside and outside, it’s a wonderful scoop of Americana, a real vintage gem … with sprinkles on top!
Chantilly Goods is located near the Weissport Trailhead of the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor (D&L Trail) and rents surreys (multiple-person bikes) to ride on the trail.
Running from Wilkes-Barre to Bristol, the D&L Trail passes through the Lehigh and Delaware rivers and their canals in Pennsylvania.