My first post on our hometown was about its history and contained several photos of significant or interesting structures. But as I was walking through town taking pictures, I was also very struck by some of the details in and around these buildings. Come along for a look-see.
Not, curiously, at the intersection of the two main streets of town, but on the corner of State and Court (across from the old home that is now a Starbucks).
These two details are from that home. The stairway was added years later, I’m sure, and then enclosed long after that. The cellar doors make me think of The Wizard of Oz.
These just kind of say “Fall.”
This beehive bake oven is attached to the old kitchen of the Court Inn. It’s been restored.
The side of the home next to the Court Inn (I believe this is) shows how local fieldstone was dressed up with a brick façade.
The little structure for which this is the roof sits in the yard of the Bird-in-Hand House. Not sure what it was supposed to be: wood doesn’t seem like a good idea for a smokehouse. Love the shingling, though.
Several homes have levels below the street with neat little stairways and wrought-iron rails.
Sometimes, though, the stairs go up.
We were surprised to find this gaslight in a passageway between two homes.
This lamp in front of the Free Library (which recently celebrated its 250th anniversary) might have had gaslight in the past. Now it has a compact fluorescent bulb.
Another of the benches lining State Street, this one decorated with red chili plants (slightly less visible because the idiot photographer didn’t realize his shadow was in the way).
Next to the boro chamber is a memorial to the town’s veterans, which is framed by a crescent-shaped brick wall topped by stone decorated with the symbols of each of the nation’s wars from the Revolution to Vietnam. This one, for the Grand Army of the Republic, represents the Civil War.
I don’t know why this pattern of stones delights me so, but it does. It is underneath the porch of one of the eighteenth-century homes on State Street.
We have some nice iron fencing, the first in front of a church and the second before a home.
In case you want to tie your horse up.
Some of the streets in the older parts of town have brick sidewalks, some of which have fared better over the years than others.
Hope you enjoyed the tour!
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