Thursday, July 25, 2019

The Bridges of Ashtabula County, Ohio

There are 19 covered bridges in Ashtabula County, so we took a day and drove around and visited 12 of them. There are 13 in the North and Eastern Tour; and six in the South and Western Tour. We just drove the North and Eastern Tour, beginning at Bridge No. 1 (Netcher). At our half way point in Conneaut, we stopped for lunch before finishing the tour. Ashtabula County is in Ohio's northeast corner and is considered the covered bridge capital of the state. 

The bridge I feature here is the Smolen-Gulf (No. 11) bridge. It is the longest covered bridge in the United States at 613 feet long and stands 93 feet above the Ashtabula River. Built in 2008, it has a life expectancy of 100 years.

Smolen-Gulf Covered Bridge

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Ashtabula Maritime Museum, Ashtabula, Ohio

The building which now houses the museum was built in 1871 as a lighthouse-keeper's home, and now houses exhibits on the local area. They did not allow many photographs to be taken because some of them are proprietary and at one time someone came in with a tripod wanting to take pictures and then resell them. Well, that is a no-no, so now they don't allow pictures. But I got a few pictures inside and some outside.

Friday, July 12, 2019

National Bottle Museum, Ballston Spa, New York

Another fun and interesting museum ~ you wouldn't think a bottle museum could be interesting, but Gary, the manager of the museum, has been here 20 years! He has a degree in history but obviously finds bottles very interesting. When we walked into the small museum, there were four young men and women in there working, mostly to give tours of the museum, which we got from of the them. They offer a glassworks teaching facility and an extensive library on bottle making.

Oldest bottle in the Museum, circa 1710-1725

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Telephone Museum, Warner, New Hampshire

The New Hampshire Telephone Museum houses the history of telephones beginning with the invention of the first telephone by Alexander Graham Bell.  We were given a short tour by one of the staff; she was very knowledgeable about the history of the telephones and delightful to talk to. It's amazing how many different types of telephones have been invented since Bell's first invention. Have you wondered how area codes came about; where 911 came from; where the 555 exchange came from; or why we say "hello" when we answer the phone? Well, the answers are here in my Blog ~ read on.

Telephone Museum

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Women's Long Road ~ 100 Years to the Vote

One of the special exhibits I visited at the Maine State Museum was of Maine's contribution to the Women's Suffrage Movement. Starting in 1854, and at least 28 more times over the next six decades, suffrage proponents asked the Maine legislature to allow women the right to vote. Over the years, Maine women gained some economic and social rights and protections, but were denied the right to vote. The U.S. Constitution left voting regulation to the states, and most barred women. Pro-suffrage groups sought to amend the federal, as well as the state constitutions. This display highlighted only a few of the special women involved in the suffrage movement. What would you have done had you been living during this time period? Would you have joined the movement? 

Maine's Shipbuilding and Fishing Industry

During our recent trip to Maine we visited the Maine State Museum in Augusta to learn about Maine's contribution to shipbuilding and the fishing industry. Known for its Maine lobsters, its fishing industry is an important aspect of Maine life.

St. Mary Model