About the only thing left are the walls and the details surrounding what happened when the making of sugar was a risky business one hundred fifty years ago.
The machinery for this business was then “moved near the river” where the mill was rebuilt. The Seminole Indians also burned this Sugar Mill down, thus leaving only these historical traces of its existence preserved for future generations to visit. Today, this second place is known as the Dunlawton Sugar Mill Gardens in Port Orange, Florida.
Note: Coquina (Florida’s native stone) was the building block for the Sugar Mill.
Written and Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, December 6, 2013
Here’s what’s left of the steeple and the frame of an abandoned church that is probably over a hundred years old. I remember seeing it proudly standing tall even though it had become weathered and old due to its age about five years ago. But, alas this past week when taking a drive back into the mountains of Western North Carolina looking for a farm where you could buy a live Christmas tree, its collapse surprised and saddened me.
Since this building will probably disappear from view before I return to this area again, I decided to stop and capture some last photographs of it before it completely falls to the ground.
Written and Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, November 29,2013
The American holiday called Thanksgiving is a great time to celebrate and be thankful for all the blessings we have received during the year.
Recently I found a magazine from 1995 that my Mother used to love to read and it is certainly filled with some wonderful memorable stories. The little girl featured in the painting published on the front cover of this issue of “Reminisce” magazine reminds me of myself when I was that age. I remember being mesmerized by what beautiful quilts Grandmothers made just from sewing fabric together. And, this wonderful painting called “A Stitch in Time” done by a talented artist by the name of Tom Sierak also reminds me of this time of the year when the weather gets cold outside during the Month of November and a time when Thanksgiving Day is celebrated in the Unites States. I am looking forward to spending some time indoors with family and friends enjoying eating turkey and having pumpkin pie for dessert in a couple of days.
Happy Thanksgiving. May your lives be filled with happiness and surrounded by family and friends.
The history behind Thanksgiving: “In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. For more than two centuries, days of thanksgiving were celebrated by individual colonies and states. It wasn’t until 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November.”Source: History.com
Written by Mary Gilmartin, November 25, 2013