Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Branford House

Groton, CT  2020

The Branford House sits on the campus of the University of Connecticut, Avery Point and overlooks Long Island Sound.  It was built by local financier and philanthropist Morton Freeman Plant in 1902.  UCONN now rents the facility for various events.

Monday, July 27, 2020

Sailing the Thames River

New London, CT  2020

I was actually more interested in the capturing the sailboat, and wasn't paying attention to the background.  You can see parts of the latest submarine under construction at Electric Boat in the background.  

Sunday, July 26, 2020

Cape Henlopen (LST-510 USS Buncombe County)

New London, CT  2020

This ferry is one of the oldest ferries in operation.  First built for World War II in 1944, she partook in the invasion at Normandy.  After being decommissioned in 1946, she was sold into commercial service and now sails between New London, CT and Orient Point, NY.

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Fire Fighter

New London, CT  2020

On a recent photo walk along the Thames River in New London, I came across the fireboat Fire Fighter. This fireboat served the FDNY for 72 years and fought over 50 fires in that time span.  She assisted in pumping water after the 9/11 attacks when water mains were inoperable around the World Trade Center.  She also took part in rescue efforts for the "Miracle on the Hudson".  Currently she's a museum and an historic landmark. 

Wednesday, July 22, 2020


Chester, CT  2020

I'm not sure what to make of this building found in Chester.  There were no markings to be seen.  It looks kind of like a barn, perhaps with living quarters, or an office. Maybe it was once a garage.  I'm not sure. It looked well maintained, and one can see a window air conditioner on the right side.  

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Suspension Bridge

North Carolina South Carolina Border,  2020

There's an extensive trail system throughout Waxhaw NC which connects to trails in South Carolina.  This suspension bridge crosses the border and spans the 12 Mile Creek.  It looks like something right out of an Indiana Jones movie. The top two views are looking back into North Carolina. 

Monday, July 13, 2020

WH Collins & Son

Waxhaw, NC  2020

There is obvious work being done to re-purpose this old building.  I doubt they do much business these days in horses, mules and cattle.

Sunday, July 12, 2020

Irish Pub

Waxhaw, NC  2020

A nice place to have lunch serving a very good rueben sandwich. 

Saturday, July 11, 2020

DreamChaser's Brewery

Waxhaw, NC  2020

Craft breweries are opening up everywhere, even here in Waxhaw.  The brewery is housed in a building that originally was a Ford dealership, then the home of the Waxhaw volunteer fire department.  The brewery opened in 2016.

Friday, July 10, 2020

AW Heath Co Building

Waxhaw, NC  2020

One of the most successful mercantile business in Waxhaw was housed in this building from 1906 to 1966.  One of the oldest elevators in the country is said to be within.

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Waxhaw Water Tower

Waxhaw, NC  2020

This water tower is a local landmark, originally built in 1940 for the sum of $7,337.  It holds 49,000 gal of water.  Restoration and painting was done in 2013.

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

John Lafayette Rodman House

Waxhaw, NC  2020

This house was owned by John Lafayette Rodman, a prominent Waxhaw businessman/banker.  At one time he was thought to be the richest man in Union County, NC.  The house is on the National Historic Registry, but obviously has not been maintained that well.

Monday, July 6, 2020

The Overhead Bridge

Waxhaw, NC  2020

The bridge was originally built in 1888 and used for vehicular traffic up until 1940, when this was main road through Waxhaw.   A footbridge since then, it was renovated in 2007.

Thursday, July 2, 2020

You were warned.....

Clara, age 5

Colin, age 7

I told you there would be some cute pictures.  They both caught more fish than their grandpa did.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020