Thursday, March 19, 2015

Only in Bucks County: Photos around Yardley's Lake Afton

Forget the Borough or the canal path! 
My FAVORITE part of Yardley is along Lake Afton between St. Andrews Church and Starbucks. It is so visually interesting to have a lake right in the middle of Yardley. 
Well, actually... it's a man-made mill pond, but still, any lake would serve as a great visual when it's in the center of a town. Another thing that attracts me to this area is the "Old Library by Lake Afton", which I found out was built in 1878. It is the cutest little Victorian building! Probably one of the most adorable little libraries on the East Coast.
I also photographed St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, a gorgeous stone building with scarlet red doors, which was also built in the late 1800's.
Here are some just a few photos from a walk around that part of town just before sunset on a very cold March day. The lake was still frozen, but maybe... just maybe... spring is in the air. 





"To listen is an effort, and just to hear is no merit. A duck hears also." 
~ Igor Stravinsky 

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Only in Bucks County: Washington's 283rd Birthday Bash

Last weekend I gave myself the photo assignment to cover George Washington's Birthday celebration at Washington Crossing Historic Park. I entered the park and walked to the Visitor's Center. My job was to take photos while General Washington cut a really awesome three-tiered birthday cake that was donated by a local pizza shop. (Note that the cake was so large that George opted to cut it with his sword!)

 Seven time Washington re-enactor John Godzieba. 

It was a BIG cake.
Luckily, George had his sword handy.

In addition to the festivities as the General cut his cake, the historic buildings that are grouped around that part of the park were open for visitors with living history demonstrations going on. 

The first one I visited was the Blacksmith's barn.

 Dan Lapidow, aka @the_hebrew_hammer_blacksmith on Instagram

I passed re-enactors walking down the main trail...

This kind Colonial woman invited me in for tea and a tour!

Re-enactor's garb.

Colonial women eating 20th century cake.

The General's Headquarters:

This bed was SMALL. Men were much shorter back in the day.

I had the opportunity to see the inside of The Durham Boat House next.
Durham boats were the type of boats used to carry cargo up and down the Delaware, and Washington's choice for his army's attack on Trenton.

And finally, a few more shots of the 19th century Taylorsville homes in February's snow, and the Delaware River on the way back to the car:

Porch detail. If any of this scenery or history appeals to you, the park has lots of events throughout the year. Scroll to the bottom of the park's Events Page and sign up for their e-Newsletter so you don't miss anything. The re-enactment of General Washington and his troops crossing the Delaware in December is not to be missed!

                                                            Shoe Selfie ;)

"People are trapped in history, and history is trapped in them."
~James Baldwin