Yesterday, I went to go talk to Michael McWilliams about the Fort Augusta model at the Northumberland County Historical Society headquarters, but I was also able to see a stone that offers a unique view of history: a canal stone from the Hummel’s Wharf lock, carved in 1829.
It was donated to the Historical Society in the 1930s and placed in a flower bed, but the stone began to sink because of its weight, and it was buried about halfway up.
Now, the Historical Society has raised the stone and it is able to be fully enjoyed.
It has the engineers on the lock and it is dated.
Pretty cool stuff.
Stop by and see the stone and the Fort Augusta model when you’re in Sunbury!
One thing that fascinated me was the paint-by-numbers concept he’s using to help students and community members get involved. Here’s a look at what the tiles look like after he traces them from a digital file onto a tile and numbers them by color:
Recently, my father brought home an old copy of the News Item he found in his childhood home. It was pretty cool to see how wide old newspapers were and how much things were back in the 1970s – I believe bananas were 9 cents per pound.
Here’s the front page to get a sample of how big that is:
That’s eight columns. Most papers today are six, and a skinny six at that in some cases.
But even though that is cool, we wondered why the newspaper had been preserved. Something special had to have happened that would cause my Mam and Pap to save the paper.
After we flipped the front page over – we didn’t have to guess any longer.
See that handsome devil to the far right? That’s none other than Greg – in his about 16-year-old glory. He was newspaper boy of the year.
And he still looks exactly like that. Just with more gray hair.
So there it is, newspaper preserving these precious memories that would have been lost for all eternity – so that your kids can look back and laugh at you.
Just kidding – we only laughed a little bit…..OK, a lot.
I love old-fashioned architecture, especially some that tells a story.
The North Shore Railroad company headquarters on Priestley Avenue in Northumberland does just that:
The railroad station building is a great reminder of the region’s logistics and transportation roots, while emphasizing that they are still very much a part of our modern economy.
You can check out more details later this month in our Commerce section, but logitics and transportation in the area is booming. – but many don’t realize the NSRR headquarters are there, tucked beside the river in Northumberland.
If you love railroad architecture, this is a must see.
Send me your favorite local hidden gems at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Helena Muffly (the diary’s author) in a photo from her granddaughter’s blog, A Hundred Years Ago
I got an interesting email Tuesday from a local blogger – Sheryl Lazarus – whose blog isn’t your typical look at local history:
You might find my blog interesting. It’s called A Hundred Years Ago. I’ve been posting my grandmother’s diary entries on it exactly 100 years to the day after she wrote them. She grew up on a farm in the McEwensville-Watsontown area, and kept the diary during her teen years from 1911 to 1914. I also include background information, old-time recipes, photos from hundred-year-old magazines, and other interesting things. I’m now just past the half-way point in the diary, and have posted a diary entry for each day for the past two years.
Sheryl posts diary entries and then adds her own context and commentary. For example in an entry describing Helena (the diary’s author) copying a dialogue for her school’s literary society, Sheryl wonders what she was reading and posts the text of a poem that might have been on the society’s radar.
It’s a fascinating look into the history of the region.