Wednesday, January 30, 2019
“What, I sometimes wonder, would it be like if I lived in a country where winter is a matter of a few chilly days and a few weeks’ rain; where the sun is never far away, and the flowers bloom all year long?”
~ Anna Neagle
Dame Florence Marjorie Wilcox, DBE (Dame Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) known professionally as Anna Neagle, was a popular English stage and film actress, singer and dancer.
The snow covered Geiger’s Covered Bridge paints a peaceful late winter scene on an early March day.
Geiger’s Covered Bridge is an historic wooden covered bridge in North Whitehall Township, Pennsylvania. It is a 112-foot-long Burr Truss bridge, constructed in 1860. It has vertical plank siding and an entry portal of stepped square planks. It crosses the Jordan Creek and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. It can be accessed from The Covered Bridge Trail of the Trexler Nature Preserve, Schnecksville, Pennsylvania.
Monday, November 26, 2018
“Morning is when I am awake and there is a dawn in me.”
~ Henry David Thoreau
The historic Haines Mill is the hub of a picturesque scene on a late October morning in the Borough of Cetronia, Allentown, Pennsylvania as it reflects the beauty of bygone days.
Also known as Haines Mill Museum, it is an historic grist mill built circa 1850. It produced flour processed by an old-fashioned water-powered mill located just off the banks of the Cedar Creek. It remained in full operation until 1957.
A mill has stood here on the banks of the Cedar Creek since colonial times. The current circa 1850 Haines Mill offers a trip into the world of the early technology that supported farm life.
The sign on the front of the building says: “Haines Bros. Flour Mill, The Home of Gilt Edge Flour,” with a sack of flour etched with the words, “Cetronia Flour Mills, Gilt Edge Flour, 50 lbs. net, Allentown.”
It is a four-story, stone building with a slate covered gambrel roof. It is three bay by three bay, 42 feet by 46 feet, 9 inches. The interior was rebuilt after a disastrous fire in 1908. A three-story brick addition was built in 1930, with a lean-to roof. Atop the main roof is a cupola.
Today, Haines Mill is operated as a partnership between the County of Lehigh, which owns and maintains the site, and the Lehigh County Historical Society, which provides public tours. It is located in a serene 37.5 acre park.
It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1981.
Sunday, November 18, 2018
“God writes the Gospel not in the Bible alone, but also on the trees, and in the flowers and clouds and stars.”
~ Martin Luther
Steeped in history and faith, St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church stands majestically in downtown Allentown, Pennsylvania on an early November afternoon.
As Allentown’s first Lutheran Church, it was founded in 1762.
St. Paul’s was one of two original churches in Allentown, first founded in a log structure in the 1760s. The current location was donated by the Allen family in the 1790s.
The remains of Margaret Elizabeth Allen Tilghman (April 21, 1772 - September 9, 1798), who died in childbirth, are in a special crypt located underneath the church tower of St. Paul’s. It was written that when the remains of Margaret were exhumed in 1903, after 105 years of interment, strands of her auburn hair that charmed the beaus of Philadelphia were still recognizable.
A plaque located near the crypt honoring her reads: “Endowed with warm affection and an excellent understanding, she enjoyed the flattering prospect of a useful and happy life, but it pleased Almighty God Whose Providence tho' unsearchable is all wise, that she should be cut off, in the flower of her youth from this transitory world. She died surrounded by friends.”
Margaret’s grandfather William Allen and her husband William Tilghman were both Chief Justices of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. The Tilghman Family is a famous Maryland family. According to a WFMZ article, “No less a figure than John Adams’s wife Abigail had hailed the three Allen girls as part of the “constellation of beauty” that brightened the national capital of Philadelphia. But now an early death had darkened one of those beautiful auburn-haired stars.”