Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Newport Street Scene

Newport, RI  2017

I apologize for not posting anything for the last week.  I have been fighting a chest cold, and I'm still not quite over it.  That along with weekend commitments and some nasty weather have kept me from getting out to photograph.  Hopefully I'll get back to a regular schedule soon.  I'll leave you with this final scene from Newport.  

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Perry Monument

Newport, RI  2017

The city of Newport has had a longstanding  relationship with the US Navy,  which to this day still has a major presence in the city.  The "Hero of Lake Erie", Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, was born in nearby South Kingston, RI and lived in Newport for a brief period of time, not far from where this monument stands.  This monument was dedicated on the 72nd Anniversary of the Battle of Lake Erie, during which Perry lead American forces to a decisive victory against the British that served as turning point of the War of 1812.  His success as a navel commander was short lived, however.  He was stricken with Yellow Fever while in South America and died in 1819 at the age of 34.  He is buried in Island Cemetery, Newport, RI.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Vernon House

Newport, RI  2017

You can hardly walk a block in Newport without passing a National Historic Landmark.  Fortunately there is a very active restoration foundation in Newport which overlooks many of these landmarks.  The Vernon House was built about 1758 and once served as headquarters for General Count De Rochambeau, commander of the French Allied Forces during the American Revolution.  George Washington is said to have stayed here in 1781 and perhaps discussed strategy with Rochambeau.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Trinity Church

Newport, RI  2017

Trinity Church is a National Historic Landmark, built in 1725-1726.  It is the place of worship for the oldest Episcopal parish in the state of Rhode Island having been founded in 1698.  I thought it would make an appropriate post for this Easter Sunday.  

Monday, April 10, 2017

Spring St

Newport, RI  2016

There are some streets in the historic section of Newport that still use gas lamps for lighting.  

Sunday, April 9, 2017


Newport, RI  2017

I think this building at one time belonged the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, a non-political, non-sectarian fraternal organization which was founded in the United States in 1819.  I know all fraternal organizations have seen a decline in membership during the last 30-40 years, and I think this lodge suffered the same fate.  They did have a fine building for their lodge and perhaps still do.  The lower floors were occupied by retails stores. 

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Gnarly Trees

Newport, RI  2017

This is such a distinctive tree with it's twisted limbs, it should be easy to identify, even without it's leaves.   I'm not sure what kind of tree it is.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Artillery Company

Newport, RI  2017

This armory is the home of the Artillery Company of Newport whose members have served in wars from the French and Indian Wars right up to the war in Iraq.  The company was chartered in 1741 by King George II and is the oldest military organization in the United States still operating under it's original charter.  Today the company serves primarily as the ceremonial unit of the Rhode Island Militia, Council of Historic Military Commands and provides canon salutes, color guards, and honor guards for state events.  I've read that anyone can join, and that no prior military experience is necessary.  

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Keep the Quality Up

Newport, RI  2017

It looked so quaint, I had to do some shopping in the British Clothing Store pictured in yesterday's blog post.  In looking around I saw this sign hanging on the wall and was very surprised to see it all the way out here in Newport, RI.  The slogan was that of W.E. Upjohn, the founder of The Upjohn Co., a major pharmaceutical company and my first employer after I finished graduate school.  Dr. Upjohn had these signs made and displayed around the company he founded in Kalamazoo, MI,  long before I started to work.  I asked the store clerk about the sign, and although he knew of the sign being there, he knew nothing about it's history.  He did tell me that the store's owner once was in the fur business and would decorate his fur salons with advertising signs that he collected throughout the years, which is probably how he acquired it.  

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

British Clothing

Newport, RI  2017

Now a clothing store, the sign on the building listed this as the Abigail Cahoone House, ca. 1775.  You can see the plaque in the upper right of the photo designating this site as being on the National Registry of Historic  Places, one my many such places in Newport.  Even being as historic as this place is, I was even more surprised by what I found inside.  To be continued...... 

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Army and Navy YMCA

Newport, RI  2017

To meet the needs of the hundreds of navy and army enlisted personnel, a YMCA was established in Newport in 1903.  This building was built in 1911 and had over a hundred rooms where military personnel could spend the night.  The YMCA moved to the Navy base in 1973 and this building was re-opened in 1980 to provide low income housing and to provide space for a number of social services.  

Monday, April 3, 2017

Newport Colony House

Newport, RI  2017

The history of Newport predates the American Revolution and there are many buildings that date from that time or earlier.  This building was built in 1739 and served as one of five state houses for the state of Rhode Island.  It is the fourth oldest surviving state house in the country. 

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Judicial Complex

Florence K Murray Judicial Complex
Newport, RI  2017

This is the Newport County Courthouse named in honor of the first female supreme court justice in Rhode Island,  Florence K Murray, who was born in Newport and served as a judge in Rhode Island for 40 years. 

Friday, March 31, 2017


Toms River, NJ  2017

I'm always disappointed when I try to photograph people. I rarely get shots with which I'm truly satisfied.  However one can look past my shortcomings as a portrait photographer when the subject just happens to to be cutest granddaughter in the world.  Of course, I'm just a little bit biased.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Third Childhood Home

Maplewood, NJ  2017

This is the last stop on my trip back to my childhood haunts.  This is the home I left for college, marriage, a job, and to start my own family.  I was able to return an a number of occasions with my own children.  Now we have all moved on and there is a new family with new memories being made here.  

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Second Childhood Home

Maplewood, NJ  2017

This is the second home I remember.  I moved here with two younger brothers and one younger sister.  When the family moved out, I had three additional younger sisters and one more younger brother.  It looks like the house is being renovated and on the market.  I was very tempted to peek inside to see what might have changed since the mid 60's.  

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Childhood Home

Maplewood, NJ  2017

This is the first house I can remember living in as a child.  It is a duplex and my family occupied the residence on the right.  It's comforting to know the house is still standing after 60 years.  

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Tappan Zee Bridges

Tarrytown, NY  2017

There's a major construction project underway to replace the original Tappan Zee Bridge which is the cantilever bridge shown in the background here.  The original bridge opened in 1955 and cost a mere $81 million dollars in 1950's dollars.  The new bridge is scheduled to open in 2018 and features the 419 foot tall Chamfered Towers which will support 8 lanes of traffic across the Hudson River.  It is designed to last over a century without major structural modifications and will cost $3.98 billion dollars.  It has been a long time in coming.

Saturday, March 25, 2017


Chester, CT  2017

One of the many restaurants in Chester,  this one specializing in wood-fired pizzas.  

Friday, March 24, 2017

Samuel Colt

Chester, CT  2017

The name Samuel Colt was evident on a number of buildings in Chester, CT.  I'm pretty sure this particular Colt is not related to Samuel Colt, the inventor of the revolver and founder of the Colt's Manufacturing Company.  The latter Colt was born in 1814 and from what I can find has no other Samuel's in his immediate ancestry.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Cummings and Good

Chester, CT

On a recent Sunday drive my wife and I discovered the small town of Chester, CT which borders on the Connecticut River.  The town has a long history and today boasts a number of restaurants, boutique shops, artists and art galleries.  It was voted best small town in Connecticut by Connecticut Magazine, and after spending an afternoon there, I would agree.   I was impressed with the architecture and how well all the historic buildings were maintained.  I'm not sure what this building once was but it appears that at one time it might have been a bank.  Today it houses Cummings and Good, a graphic arts/design firm, boutique and gallery.  

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Faux Barn

Mystic, CT  2017

I'm not sure if this barn is real, or a replica made to look like it's from the 1700's.  My guess is it's a reproduction.

Monday, March 13, 2017

The Chowder Crowd

Mystic, CT  2017

I don't believe I've ever seen Olde Mistick Village this crowded, especially at this time of the year.  The temperatures  were in the 60's on this day which brought a lot of people out.  As I post this today, two weeks later, the temperatures are in the teens, and we're expecting a blizzard this week on Tuesday.  That's winter in New England. 

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Antique Wagon

Mystic, CT  2017

Olde Mistick Village is a unique shopping area right off of I-95 and serves as an "unofficial" gateway to Mystic and the other historic attractions in the area.  The Village consists of 60 shops and restaurants and was designed to resemble a New England town from the 1720's.  Scattered throughout the village are antiques such as this wagon which add to the charm of shopping here. 

Friday, March 10, 2017

Munson Exclusive

Mystic, CT  2017

For those people who don't like chowder, or had more than their fill......

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Charity Chowder

Mystic, CT  2017

It has been a strange winter for weather here in Connecticut.  Temperatures have been fairly mild, and we only had one real significant snowfall.  This particular Saturday the temperatures reached the mid 60's which brought out a lot of people for the Annual Charity Chowder Cook Off at Olde Mistick Village.  For a small fee, one could sample any number of the fine chowders offered up by local restaurants with all proceeds going to a local food bank.

People could vote for their favorite chowder and I'll admit there were some pretty interesting variations available.   After sampling about 6 varieties of the 15 or so available,  I was full.  It was hard to pick a favorite, but I definitely did not care for a Pumpkin Corn Chowder offered by a local Asian cuisine restaurant. 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Seaside Sanatarium

Waterford, CT  2017

Located just down the beach from Harkness Memorial State Park is the site of the old Seaside Sanatarium, one of the first facilities of its kind to treat children with tuberculosis.  The site is listed on the National Registry of Historic places and if our governor has his way, will soon become a new state park