Lousy'sPhotoBlog - OldBuldings
To deny that this "take a picture of everything" hobby is not accompanied by "a plan" would be to fib. The harmless plan is: to attend as many meetings as possible of local historical societies and to become aware of some nooks and crannies in the county where I am a lifelong resident, which I was previously unaware of, or felt unauthorized to go to. Then, I'll visit those nooks and crannies - with permission, of course - and practice "my passion". Although the societies talk about the past significance of a subject, "the plan" documents its current appearance and will hopefully be interesting to look at by next century's "local history buffs". Another result of this scheme has been the meeting of some of the nicest people right here in my own "back yard"!
One such instance was a visit to the former Dimmick Dietrick farmhouse -----> 1
Built in the 1860s, it is one of the oldest residences in the area around Paradise Valley, PA -----> 2
Its current occupant has owned the former farmhouse since 1953 -----> 3
The farmhouse was originally home to an unknown number of Dietricks. Small families were uncommon then...but I have learned nothing certain about the Dietrick family tree -----> 4
The acreage was apparently used for subsistence rather than for commercial purposes...both agriculturally, and with a few critters -----> 5
Providing a local supply of comestibles seems to have been sufficient -----> 6
.....even though the farmhouse was located within sight of the D L & W Railroad, which could have enabled a wider distribution of the farm's products. -----> 7
Decades of vegetation growth have obscured the view of the railroad from the farmhouse -----> 8
.....but train whistles can still be heard when the nearby crossing is infrequently approached -----> 9
A farm without a barn is a rarity.. The Dietrick barn was converted to a boarding house -----> 10
.....and the farmhouse was used as quarters for the staff of the boarding house. In 1922, the structures became part of a private association which still exists -----> 11
Even though its "barn-ish" features are now minimal -----> 12
.....the structure was of interest to the guy with the Nikon because of the addition of a chimney and porch which were constructed with fieldstones. ...and the old bathtub which is on the porch -----> 13
Returning to the farmhouse -----> 14
...the adjacent building - which has been referred to as a "summer kitchen" and a "wash shed", right - became "a target" -----> 15
...and more old plumbing was evident there -----> 16
The 1929 state-of-the-art sink was formerly in working order after it was rescued from the renovated home of the parents of the owner of the former farmhouse -----> 17
The "summer kitchen" or "wash shed", left, is too small to be used as a garage, but it has undoubtedly served many purposes during its lifetime -----> 18
The final photo of the former Dimmick Dietrick farmhouse is almost 4 hours newer than image #1...but the lighting was just as suitable later as it was earlier -----> 19
Also in the works is a photo / blog about another farm in the area, thanks to interest created by a local historical society. Mentioning this, however, is easy compared to unveiling the finished product. Hopefully someday soon.
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