We’re heading out to Central New York to visit our friend Greer this weekend, and the ILoveNY fall foliage map is lit up! Does it get any better?
We made a quick stop at the Seneca Schoolhouse Museum, a one-room schoolhouse built in 1865 of Seneca Sandstone, in Poolesville, MD. The schoolhouse has an interesting history, built on the community that created the structure from donations of both time and money. Modern day field trips allow local fourth graders to experience life in the 1880s. Driving to the schoolhouse, we also admired the large estates of Montevideo, originally built by Martha Washington’s great-grandson, and Rocklands – both located nearby.
Over our long weekend in Potomac, we stopped by a couple of local farmers’ markets to stock up for dinner. Rockland Farm in Poolesville, MD offers farm lunch, fresh produce, and locally raised meat. They also use the barn as a wedding venue and for large farm dinners. We also stopped by Lewis Orchards in Beallsville, MD for a little pumpkin chunkin’ and an amazing head of cauliflower for dinner.
This past weekend, we went to the historic town of Harpers Ferry, WV for a visit. The town sits on the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers and is part of the national parks system. Despite the government shutdown closing all of the park buildings, we had a nice day of peering in windows, exploring the St John’s Episcopal Church ruins and admiring the carved Jefferson Rock Stairway. We also strolled across the B&O Railroad Bridge and had lunch at a local tavern.
The streets were pretty empty since the park was closed, but we enjoyed having Harpers Ferry to ourselves.
The Jefferson Rock Stairway is carved out of solid rock to connect the upper and lower parts of town.
After an afternoon of exploring, we set off for 868 Estate Vineyards across the state line in Virginia for a quick tasting, which was the perfect end to our day.
I was drawn to this collection of antique fishing reels when I saw it on Pinterest. I love the mixture of rich wood and worn brass. for varying textures. Would you collect vintage fishing reels or do you think they’re only appropriate for a lake house?
4) Vintage Justus Fishing Reel from the 1920′s
(If anyone knows the original source on the reels collection image, please let us know in the comments.)
While these two houses were built nearly 200 years apart, both are dripping with character and feature modern amenities. Which is your favorite?
Upstate NY: Malta, NY
This 200 year old farmhouse is more like an estate – complete with a barn, carriage house, and potting shed. I love the exposed beams and wide floorboards, but the highlights of the house are the four fireplaces in the living room, dining room and bedrooms. You’ll need the extra warmth to battle the upstate winters since this property is pretty far north of our usual territory.
Sometimes when I’m having a particularly stressful day, I like to mosey over to the Consignment Galleries a couple blocks from my office in Somerville. It’s a 2-room showroom with many different antiques from all different periods and styles. There really is nothing like being amongst the old things when you’re feeling a little overloaded by technology and life. Today I stumbled across the lovely little set of antique silver. I am a particular fan of the delicate patterns and detailing, and often vintage silverware makes me wonder how many dinner parties and wonderful meals these pieces have been a part of. One of the challenges can be finding pieces that don’t have age-telling spots or tarnish. You can find some great tips for how to give old pieces a new shine with some regular household items here, and some beautiful other examples here. Enjoy!