Barns of the Civil War: John Slyder

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 [...]

July 20th, 2017|Barns of the Civil War, History|

Hex Barns

There are many different ways that a farmer can adorn their barn with artwork. Much of it involves intricate carvings that no one can really admire except those who get up close. For farmers in Pennsylvania Dutch country they adorn their barns differently. They paint hex signs on their barns and if you know where [...]

July 18th, 2017|Barnyard fun|

The Battles of Fair Oaks and Seven Pines

Trees can lend their names to many things, from people to towns. It should be no surprise that they can lend their names to battles as well. One particular battle of the Civil War was given a different dendrologic name by each side. It was not the biggest or the bloodiest battle of the war [...]

July 13th, 2017|History|

The Emancipation Oak

Many things have come to symbolize freedom from the bald eagle to many more modern things like cars. Trees are no different and in Hampton, Virginia there is one such tree and it is such a symbol of freedom that an entire university was built around it. The Emancipation Oak is a southern live oak [...]

July 11th, 2017|History|

Baseball Barnstorming

Barnstorming became popular with baseball teams in the infancy of the sport. As a way to make some extra money during the offseason many players would go on tours of the country. They would typically play a local team or even sometimes a minor league team. There are many stories of the likes of Babe [...]

July 6th, 2017|Barnyard fun|

The Liberty Tree

As we sit back and enjoy our Independence Day and the cookouts and cold brews that go with it Americans should take a moment to remember why we celebrate this day. There are many symbols of our Revolution like Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia to the Old North Church in Boston and [...]

July 4th, 2017|History|

You can’t hit the broadside of a barn

We're you ever told you can't hit the broadside of a barn? That is not a nice thing to hear. Barns are huge buildings and hard to miss. If you are a pitcher that can't hit the broadside of a barn then you aren't throwing strikes. Better consult with the pitching coach and practice some [...]

June 29th, 2017|Barnyard fun|

The Stradivarious Violin

There is a good possibility that the reclaimed wood that is in your flooring was alive during the Little Ice Age. The change in the global climate caused millions to starve and thousands to cross the ocean looking for a fresh start. Despite the hardships that the change in the global climate wrought not everything [...]

June 27th, 2017|History|

Barns of the Civil War: David Miller

There are names in American military history that all you need to say is that name and people should know where it is and what happened there. More often than not these are the sites of heroic actions or unimaginable suffering. The Civil War has numerous places like this, The Hornet’s Nest at Shiloh, Hell’s [...]

June 22nd, 2017|Barns of the Civil War, History|

HMS Victory

The Royal Navy for centuries was the most powerful force in the world. It allowed the British Empire to extend around the globe so that the sun never set on it. In a time when wooden ships reigned supreme one wooden vessel stood above them, HMS Victory. War with France was a constant for England [...]

June 20th, 2017|History|