Railroad ties

2022-12-22T00:05:11-05:00November 9th, 2017|History|

Wood is one of the most important components in the history of transportation. Nearly every mode of transportation up until modern times has used wood in one way or another, from wooden wheels to wooden ships. Iron began to change all of that and nothing was more monumental in changing the course of history then [...]

The Royal Oak

2022-12-22T00:05:11-05:00November 7th, 2017|History|

The English have had some unique holidays. One in particular celebrates a day when someone tried to blow up Parliament (Guy Fawkes Day). Another, Royal Oak Day, or Oak Apple Day celebrates the restoration of the monarchy in 1660. There is a reason it is called Royal Oak Day, though it is not particularly heroic. [...]

America’s oldest barn is where?

2022-12-22T00:05:12-05:00October 26th, 2017|History|

Believe it or not, we here in the United States may not know where our oldest barn is located. Our oldest farms date from the 1610s in Charles County, Virginia to the 1630s in Concord, New Hampshire and Ipswich, Massachusetts but the original barns do not survive. There is a barn in Pennsylvania where the [...]

Barns of the Civil War: Joseph Sherfy

2022-12-22T00:05:12-05:00October 24th, 2017|Barns of the Civil War, History|

The American Civil War was the most violent conflict this continent has ever witnessed. Central to many of the great and small battles were family farms and their barns. While many of these barns have been lost to time some of them still exist today. While they will never be used for reclaimed wood we [...]

Wooden cannons

2022-12-22T00:05:13-05:00October 17th, 2017|History|

Artillery can play a decisive role in deciding a battle or a war. History is littered with armies that were not able to bring artillery to bear on their enemy and lost significant battles. For some enterprising or desperate commanders lacking the punch that a cannon can bring they improvised and made their artillery out [...]

The Camden Oak

2022-12-22T00:05:13-05:00October 12th, 2017|History|

Perhaps no town in what became the United States other than Boston or Philadelphia witnessed more of the American Revolution than Camden, South Carolina. Located inland about 125 miles from Charleston it was an important trading post leading into the wilderness. All roads in South Carolina seemed to lead to Camden. The Catawba tribe lived [...]

Witness trees of the American Revolution

2022-12-22T00:05:14-05:00October 5th, 2017|History|

If a person that witnessed the American Revolution were alive today they would be at least 236 years old and if they would actually remember anything they would have to be older. It should go without saying that no human is still alive. For the record the oldest living human alive today (and last person [...]