SATURDAY, JUNE 10, 2006

American Chestnuts
The world is an amazingly small place.

Several years ago, I read an article in Nature Conservancy about American chestnut trees. In the 18th century, they accounted for one-quarter of all trees in the Northeast. They grew up to eighty feet straight up, their wood was light, strong, and […]

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THURSDAY, JUNE 08, 2006

National Historic Register

Brilliant article in the Lancaster New Era today:
Mansion at Speedwell Forge makes U.S. register, LancasterOnline.com
Some interesting facts about the National Register:

In Lancaster County, there are 212 sites (including us) on the National Register. By comparison, York has 92, Berks County has 130, and Lebanon has 24. (Chester […]

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TUESDAY, JUNE 06, 2006

Grand opening July 23, 2006 – You’re invited!

I would like to say that Dawn and I drew up a list of everything that still needed to be accomplished, set down a reasonable timetable, built in sufficient contingency, and then selected an opening date. However, we more or less just […]

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MONDAY, JUNE 05, 2006

Hydroseeding

Time was, planting grass over a large area was a tedious chore of spreading fertilizer, then seed, then raking it all in, then watering it all daily. No more. Now a truck backs up to your house and blasts water, seed, and fertilizer out of a firehose. Plus, the […]

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