Grings Mill & Recreation Center
Pennhurst State School & Hospital
Blue Grass Festival
Thought that you may like to see the old High School that I attended back in the early 60’s. Known as Fleetwood Jr. Sr. High School I started here in 1963 while in the 10th Grade. I had originally been going to Oley High School from 1960 to 1963, but my Mother decided to move from my old home to a Trailer in the Fleetwood School District, after my Step-Father passed away.
This is looking down Race Street. The building in the very foreground used to be the Cafeteria. The windows have changed somewhat, but everything else is the same as it was back 50 yrs. ago. The school bus’s used to line up along the curb where the cars are now parked. Us Teenagers used to stand along the curb-side here, while waiting for our bus to arrive and take us home. We had good home cooked food in the Cafeteria. To eat, it cost .35 cents! Sometimes my Mother did not have the money to give me, so she would pack me a lunch. We ate a whole lot better than what is offered today.
This is looking down the 1st floor hallway towards the Cafeteria. It looks so much better than when I was here many years ago. There are no more lockers that once lined the hallway where you see a blank space on the wall. The color has changed and there is better lighting than we had. The floor is now carpeted, in place of the linoleum that was before. Emergency lighting has been installed. It is now air-conditioned. Something that we never had back then. The only air-conditioning we had was a open window. The girls were only allowed to wear dress’s and skirts. Us boy’s had to wear dress slacks and a nice shirt. None of the crap they have today!
This is my old gym that I played basketball in. It has hardly changed. A new floor has been installed, but everything else is what is was. There was only 6 baskets in the Gym. The new HS has 10!
As I look at these Images and remember, memories abound here. This is where I took Gym Class along with the girls on one side and us boy’s on the other. Saturday night dances were held here, dancing to the sounds of the 60’s Rock & Roll, something that High Schools don’t have anymore. The bleaches on the side walls pull out for basketball games. My old HS is now an Administration Building, and there has been a brand new High School built just down the street. The New One has a swimming pool, carpeted floors, air-conditioning, white boards, and a much bigger Gym than what I had.
In 1965 I left this school and joined the US Navy to see the world. I sure did that! More than 50 yrs. later, I still remember.
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I was able to recover some of my Images of the visit to the Daniel Boone Homestead where they put on a re-enactment of what happened here during the Revolutionary War.
During the encampment here, there were re-enactors dressed in some of the authentic dress of the time.
This Lady was walking passed the black-smith shop and I asked her if I could take her picture.
Using one of the actual spinning reels of the day, this Lady has a look of “Now, how does this thing work.”
I’m not really sure just what this was, but it was pretty and for sale. Cost $300.00. My reflection does not come with it.
During the skirmish with the British, there were a few of our Colonial Soldiers that gave their Lives in defense of our Country.
This is looking inside the Daniel Boone Home.
A common practice back in those day’s was to read a few verses from the Bible before eating.
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About a half hour drive from my home, is the area known as Lancaster County. This area is known for the Amish & Mennonite people that live here. Many of them live on farms that dot the landscape of the area. It is also known for the great food and produce that is grown here by the Amish & Mennonite people. If you remember seeing the movie “Witness” starring Harrison Ford, this is the area that the movie was made. There are a few different towns located here that have some “different” names. Such as, Intercourse, Bird In Hand, and Lancaster. This is a heavy tourist area during the Spring, Summer, and Fall months. Tourist’s come here to see the horse and buggy, tour the attractions that are offered, and enjoy the open farm lands. Another thing that people purchase here is one of the hand made Quilts that can cost over $100.00 to $1000.00 depending on which one you like. These quilts take a whole lot of time to make. This is where the name “sewing bee” came from. A bunch of Ladies get together and make one of these Quilts. Each Lady does a specific part of the quilt.
The above Image shows a team of Mules that have been hitched to a Cultivator to gather Soybeans from the field. There are not many farmers in the area that use tractors. Most of the farm work is done by horse or mule. The animals are well taken care of.
At one of the more popular Tourist places, people can take a ride on a horse drawn wagon that is pulled around the area for a short distance. They seem to get a huge enjoyment doing this, but why I don’t really know. Guess that some tourists have never ridden in a horse drawn wagon. To me, it’s no big deal. I’ve seen this 20 times.
This is what the Tourists come to see. A real Amish Horse & Buggy. These buggy’s are very common to see on the major roads traveling back and forth from one place to another. On the major roads they have the right of way, even though they can hold up lines of traffic. You are allowed to pass them, but only when it’s safe. Most of the time these buggy’s travel on the side of the road, so traffic can get by. At night they must have a visual means of being seen, such as shown above. Not many have lights. Now, there is a difference between the Amish buggy’s and the Mennonite buggy’s, but I can’t remember. I think it’s that one has a much more square roof and the other has more rounded. Not sure.
Here is another view of the famous Horse & Buggy.
Below is the Hotel that Harrison Ford made that phone call to his partner in Philadelphia in the Movie, Witness.
Written in the National Historic Places of Pennsylvania is the once mining town of Eckly.
At one time, back in the 1800’s when Coal was King, many miners and their families lived here working in the cold, dark, man made hell of the Anthracite Mines. Working out a merger existence to feed their families and keep food on their table.
The Miners that worked and lived here did not have all that much. A roof over their heads that included this typical kitchen of it’s day. The Coal Stove was the main heat of the home and would be moved outside during the Summer to keep the home as cool as possible.
Coal was hauled up from the Mine in these Coal cars. The old Coal Breaker is one of 3 that were built on this site.
The man who owned the Mine lived in this house with his Family and Servants. He had it much better than the Miners who made him the money.
This small mining town had a Catholic Church, pictured above, a Store which most miners were in debt to, a Social Hall where everyone could gather on different nights or day’s of the week, gardens where most of the food was grown. This is the original Church from then.
Looking inside the original Church at the Alter.
Not my photo. Taken from the Eckly site showing how it looked to work in a Mine.
Not only did the men work in the Mines, but young boy’s did too. Called “Breaker Boy’s” it was their job to separate the Coal from the shale, plus other duties such as pulling the Mules and Horse’s in and out of the Mine. It was not uncommon for boy’s at the age of 7 yrs. to work long hours right along with their Fathers. There were no Labor Laws back then. Sometimes they worked 12 – 14 hrs. a day and hardly saw the light of day.
Here at the Eckly Village there is also a Museum that has many artifacts of the tools that were used, also the clothing, dishware, stoves, candles, and much more. It’s interesting to walk around and see what once was so long ago. Be thankful for what you have today. They didn’t have much. Only what they could provide.