The Camden Oak

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 [...]

October 12th, 2017|History|

The Maryland Tobacco Barn

One of the facts that we all learned in history class in school was that the colony of Virginia was founded because of the viability of harvesting the tobacco crop. When one thinks of tobacco you probably think about North Carolina as well. Did you know that Maryland was also founded because of the tobacco [...]

October 10th, 2017|History|

Witness trees of the American Revolution

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 [...]

October 5th, 2017|History|

You can’t hit the broadside of a barn: Football edition

Every NFL fan has watched their quarterback struggle and probably said that they can't hit the broadside of a barn. It hurts even more when it is a big game. What makes it even worse is when it just looks like they can’t even get the ball near a wide-open receiver. When they can’t hit [...]

October 3rd, 2017|Barnyard fun|

Finding the King’s hog in a barn

For anyone who buys a farm with a barn on it or is tasked with clearing out a barn there is always a great moment of suspense when the doors are opened for the first time to reveal the inside. What will be in there? Will the barn be hiding a rare car or airplane [...]

September 28th, 2017|Found in a barn, History|

Could beer save the farm?

The fact that farmland is being lost in this country to redevelopment should not come as a shock to anyone. New housing developments and shopping centers are springing up and that once verdant farmland is being lost as many farmer’s children look for other opportunities. There is one thing that could save some farms and [...]

September 26th, 2017|Barnyard fun|

Wye Mills and its oak tree

The state of Maryland has many exciting things to see, from the mountains of Western Maryland to the beaches of the Eastern Shore. In between are other exciting places that can take you back in time or just provide a day or night of relaxation. In the former category is a place called Wye Mills [...]

September 21st, 2017|History, World's Oldest Trees|

Barns of the Civil War: George Rose

As the Confederate attack on July 2, 1863 developed numerous farms situated along the Emmitsburg Road south of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania stood in its way. The first farms hit were not heavily damaged owing to weak Union resistance. That would change at the farm belonging to George and Mary Rose. The Rose family owned a large [...]

September 19th, 2017|Barns of the Civil War, History|

Jōmon Sugi, Japan’s oldest tree

Trees are some of the oldest known living organism on the planet. Surviving on this planet for 385 million years, only a handful of organisms live longer lives, mostly sponges, coral, and bacteria. Trees have survived nearly every disaster this planet has seen and there are trees on this planet that have been alive for [...]

September 14th, 2017|World's Oldest Trees|

The Quaker Gun or a way to project strength

One of the methods of deceiving the Germans before the invasion of Europe in 1944 was to create a fictitious army under the command of George Patton. Inflatable tanks and airplanes were manufactured along with radio traffic and it gave German intelligence fits. Patton after all had a reputation as the American army’s hardest hitter [...]

September 12th, 2017|History|