Friday, December 6, 2019

Wyoming Trails

Cowboys Rodeos Railroad Towns Guest Ranches and two National Parks
Wyoming is the ninth largest state of the Union and includes two National Parks, Yellowstone and Grand Teton, Fossil Butte National Monument and the Jackson Hole area. Traveling along its western border through scenic Star Valley to visit the historic town of Jackson, known worldwide for challenging and exciting winter sports, spectacular Teton Mountain Range, Old Faithful and the Lower Falls in Yellowstone. Wyoming is divided into five regions: 
The Northwest has two iconic National Parks, spectacular scenery and welcoming towns with vacation options ranging from rugged back country escapes to serene, luxurious retreats.
The Southwest outdoor enthusiasts, amateur paleontologists, wildlife lovers and history buffs prefer this region with beautiful landscape and national treasures such as
Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area, Fossil Butte National Monument and the Pilot Butte Wild Horse Loop.
The Central Region the North Platte River flows through this long, wide swath of the state. Discover Wyoming’s pioneer story, from scars in the earth left by the Oregon Trail wagons to fascinating history museums.
The Northeast is home to Devils Tower, the first national monument, and acres of public land with sagebrush plains and rolling hills as background for family outings as well as solo adventures.
The Southeast is home to the Wyoming State Capitol, recreation areas and cultural and activities.
The Museum of the Mountain Man is an educational journey back in time and a tribute to Wyoming's wild settlement history.  Experience the lives of the early explorers and trailblazers of the American West, and tales of survival for trappers and mountain men of the Rocky Mountain Fur Trade era as well as through the eyes of the 19th century Plains Indians. View archaeological evidence from the earliest inhabitants of this region dating back 10,000 years.
The Old Wyoming State Penitentiary in use from 1901 – 1981 is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. While outlaws roamed the windswept high plains, canyons and mountains of post-Civil War Wyoming, the Territorial Legislature was planning a state-of-the art penitentiary at Rawlins in anticipation of statehood and to send a strong message to free-wheeling desperadoes: Wyoming would no longer be a haven for the lawless.

Cheyenne the very name conjures up images of cowboys, rodeos and trains. It is also world-class mountain biking, climbing, and camping. Cheyenne is America's Railroad Capital; its first residents were men who moved west to work on the transcontinental railroad. . The Cheyenne Depot and the Big Boy Steam Engine are just two of the attractions in the area for train enthusiasts.

The Union Pacific roundhouse, turntable, and machine shop are historically significant due to their unique engineering attributes designed for a single function, the maintenance and storage of steam locomotives. The structures are also significant due to their relationship to the continued development of the first transcontinental railroad and its effect on the formation and growth of Cheyenne and the Territory and State of Wyoming.

Wyoming Guest Ranches offer a variety of experiences ranging from rustic to upscale:
Rustic ranches offer the basics in terms of accommodations. You might sleep together in a bunk-style building with several other guests and share bathrooms, or there may be cabins or lodge style rooms.
Working come with different levels of accommodations and service. Some are rustic, others traditional and a few are upscale.
be a cowboy by day and be pampered at night at an upscale working cattle ranch
Traditional combines modern amenities most with private cabins or lodge rooms with private bath to compliment the traditional dude ranch experience.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Nashville Tennessee

Music City Southern Charm History Culture and Haute Cuisine
Nashville has been the subject of many books, movies and songs. But, while music is the lifeblood of this city, you will also find here culture, history, haute cuisine, sports, natural beauty and especially Southern charm.
Food Scene Nashville's creative spirit can also be appreciated in its kitchens, from casual barbecue to fine dining, the use of local ingredients and unique culinary experiences.

The Jack Daniel Distillery is the oldest registered distillery in the United States and where the magic of brewing this world-famous Tennessee Whiskey all happens. Where Mr. Jack first crafted the recipe for Old No. 7 and where the pure, iron-free cave spring water flows.

The General Jackson Showboat is the world’s grandest showboat; experience world-class country music entertainment and delicious meals prepared by award-winning chefs
Antebellum South once a world renowned thoroughbred horse farm, the Belle Meade Plantation dates from 1853; explore the Root Cellar, the South's largest Smoke House, the family Herb Garden, and sample Tennessee wine at the new winery on the grounds.

Experience Home Style Barbecue and Line Dancing Lessons at the Wildhorse Saloon

Visual Arts 5th Avenue of the Arts is located just off Broadway. Here you will find several visual art galleries on one historic block including:
The Arts Company known as a prime destination for fresh, original, and contemporary artwork in photography, painting, and sculpture,
The Rymer Gallery whose goal is to foster artwork that entices, engages, and lures artists, collectors, and enthusiasts to Nashville’s expanding art scene, and
Tinney Contemporary that focuses on cutting-edge contemporary artwork from international artists.  
The Johnny Cash Museum features the most comprehensive collection of Johnny Cash artifacts and memorabilia in the world.

Grand Ole Opry what began as a simple radio broadcast in 1925 is today live-entertainment dedicated to honoring country music's rich history and dynamic present with a mix of country legends and the contemporary chart-toppers who have followed in their footsteps. 

Country Music Hall of Fame Museum and Historic RCA Studio B. See it. Live it. Experience it. More than a museum; an exciting and entertaining destination in Nashville with something for everyone. Rhinestone costumes, seasoned instruments and tear-stained lyric sheets are accompanied by interactive exhibits, films featuring top country names and sessions with professional songwriters.

Historic RCA Studio B the Home of 1,000 Hits
Ryman Auditorium was built in 1892 and is designated a National Historic Landmark. By day, take a guided museum and backstage tour and record your own CD in the new Ryman Recording Studio. In the evening, return for a show or concert at this premier performance hall. 

Saturday, November 30, 2019

The Brandywine Village Historic District

Brandywine Village was the original location of a group homes of mill workers, shop keepers and artisans. At first the town was a separate entity on the north side of the Brandywine Greek, but soon became a part of earlier Wilmington, then developing on the south bank of the stream.
The earliest settler reached the land which later became Brandywine Village in 1637. Captain Jacob Vandever who took his small ship up the small stream, now the Brandywine Creek accompanied by his wife; he sailed directly from Holland Shortly after his landing, it was discovered that his ship was leaky and unseaworthy. With the consent of a friendly Indian chief, Vandever and his crew laid claim to the landing place and built the first house in Brandywine. The first land patent was granted in 1669 under the Duke of York and confirmed by re-survey in 168I-85. The amount of land mentioned was 535 acres. Farm life prevailed up to the time of the development of the flour milling industry.
Brandywine Creek flows west to east covering an area of thirty acres with mill sites, historic homes and a small schoolhouse; two mid-century churches are also included in this historic district. The crossing of the creek, which has always been a problem due to the rocky stream-bed and steep banks, is now accomplished by two modern bridges that supplant three early wooded bridges, a ford, and a ferry.
small sailing boats serviced mills on both sides of the creek

Market Street, the old toll road to Philadelphia from Wilmington and points south of the village, has always been the main street; it is distinguished by the row of sturdy houses built of local Brandywine granite by the mill owners of the period.

Brandywine Academy was built in 1798 with land was given by John Dickinson; it served as a school for about 75 years, and housed the founding groups and original worshipers of the two churches founded in the Village, St. John's Episcopal and the Brandywine Methodists. Founded as a private school, the Academy became part of the Wilmington Public School system as well as a branch of the Wilmington Institute Free Library.