The Dragon Wagon

The Dragon Wagon
The landscaping changes often.

Saturday, June 17, 2017


After Memorial Day weekend, we spent a couple of days in Salem, Massachusetts.  Our primary reason for stopping was some follow-up genealogical research for Barbara.  While we were there, we camped at Winter Island City Park which is right on Salem Harbor.

A view of the Dragon Wagon in our campsite

The view out our front window

John Upton, Barbara's first ancestor in this country, is believed to have arrived in 1635 and settled near Salem.  He became very prosperous and acquired quite a bit of farm land.

On this photo of a reproduction of an old map, I've marked where  John Upton built a house on one of his pieces of land.  Upton's Hill is named after him.

This house is believed to have replaced John Upton's original house sometime after 1676.

This old cemetery in the common of Lynnfield may be the location where John Upton was buried.

Thursday, June 15, 2017


We spent  Memorial Day weekend in the Pocono Mountains of northeast Pennsylvania.  Since it was fairly close by, we decided to visit Steamtown National Historic Site in Scranton, Pennsylvania operated by the National Park Service.  Steamtown focuses on the era of steam locomotives.

Baldwin Locomotive Works #26 built 1929

Illinois Central #790 built in 1903

A view of the restored turntable and roundhouse

A small switching engine built in 1927

A view inside the roundhouse of filled and empty work stalls

Central New Jersey Bucyrus Crane
Built in 1918 with a lift capacity of 150 tons

We liked the "character" of this 1914 locomotive.

A rare steam rotary snowplow
Built in 1898 and operated until 1965

This is one of the eight remaining Union Pacific "Big Boy" engines.  They were used to pull freight over the western Continental Divide.  These were some of the largest and most powerful steam engines ever built.
Total weight 1,250,000 lbs, overall length 132 ft. 9 14 in., 6,290 hp.

In the parking lot we spotted this beautifully restored Willys MB,
grandfather of Jeeps.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival

On May 18-21 we attended the May 2017 iteration of the Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival held at the Granite Hill Campground near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.  Below is a video composed of several clips from just a few of the performers we were able to see.

Sunday, May 7, 2017


After Williamsburg we spent a day visiting Jefferson's home at Monticello.  Since no photography was allowed in the main home, the only images I have are from the garden areas and the separate kitchen.

Looking toward the east entrance of the house while waiting for our tour group to gather.  Note the wind vane above the house.

Jefferson was found of inventions and technology.  The wind vane has a shaft which turns this indicator on the ceiling of the east portico.  He could check the wind direction without going out into the rain.

The west entrance (pictured on US nickels)

Jefferson's had developed a taste for French Cuisine while he was a Minister to France.  He brought back many household goods, including items for his kitchen.  At Monticello he establish a very advanced kitchen for the times.

This  is an eight position "stew stove".  Each position could have the fire managed at the proper temperature for whatever was being cooked there.

This is a "spit jack".  This was an automated mechanism for turning a roasting spit in the fireplace.

Jefferson was very interested in horticulture and planted a wide variety of trees, vegetables and ornamental plants.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Colonial Williamsburg - Part 5

Powder magazine

Weaver's shop

Colonial Williamsburg - Part 4

Cabinetmaker shop

Foot treadle wood turning lathe

Brickmaker with raw clay

Molded bricks drying

The bricks are stacked into a kiln for firing

Another Williamsburg home


Gunsmith shop

"Thomas Jefferson"

Jefferson with his "laptop"

Colonial Williamsburg - Part 3

Tinsmith shop

Padlock in the blacksmith shop

Typical Colonial Williamsburg homes

Williamsburg Capitol Building


Silversmith shop

Printer inking the press