Dan Lawson’s place Cades Cove

Dan Lawson’s Place is the second oldest of the historic cabins that remain standing in Cades Cove.  Built around 1840, this was the home of the cove’s wealthiest resident.  Only the John Oliver cabin (1822), home of the cove’s first European settler, is older than this one.

Cades Cove was first settled during the 1700’s by Cherokee Indians and is named after a Chief Kade. The first European settlers came during the 1800’s eventually reaching a population of 671 around 1850.

In the 1920’s the residents were forced out when the State of Tennessee gave the Park Commission power to seize the cove properties and make them part of the National Park system.

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
22mm @ f/10 – 1/50 sec – ISO 100

Barnsley Gardens

After visiting the Lindale Mill with Roswell Photographic Society, a few of us went over to get lunch and stroll around Barnsley Gardens.  The Barnsley Resort and Spa in Adairsville, features golf, horseback riding and beautiful grounds to relax in and enjoy.

The ruins of the original Barnsley manor, named “Woodlands” are featured in my image here.  Built in the 1850’s by the wealthy cotton and sea merchant, Godfrey Barnsley, the Italinanate mansion is one of the most memorable feature of the resort.  The story goes that Barnsley built the mansion for his wife Julia who became sick and passed away before the construction was finished.  He felt called by her spirit to finish the building and it became the family residence for several generations before falling into ruin after having been hit by a tornado.

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
44mm @ f/14 – 1/50 sec – ISO 200

A different Lindale Mill

After my visit to the Lindale textile mill with the Roswell Photographic Society, I was introduced to another mill nearby.  A few of the group were going over to Barnsley Gardens after seeing the abandoned mill.  Gittel Price, who had been out to this site previously, said – why don’t we go over to the “Old” mill?  So we set off and went all the way across the main road and stopped again.

The Old Lindale Mill is an antebellum, brick grist mill.  The structure was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1993 and is remarkable for being one of only a few surviving mills of this era.  The mill originally built in the 1830’s, was destroyed during the Civil War and then re-built by it’s owner Captain Jacob H. Hoss.  It has been known by several names: Hoss’s Mill, Jones Mill, Silver Creek Mill, and Folly Mill and is now known as the Old Brick Mill.

The place is very peaceful and a great site to visit.  If you should happen to stop here, be careful of the white goose who seems to be the ruler of the mill pond.  You may get chased off if the goose does not think you are showing enough respect!

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
38mm @ f/14 – 1/160 sec – ISO 800

Lindale Reflections

The Roswell Photographic Society had an outing to visit the Lindale Mill in Lindale, Georgia yesterday.  This is an old textile mill near Rome, Georgia which has been purchased and opened to photographers and movie sets.  The facility is full of interesting industrial grunge and the green paint is fabulous for color and texture.

I had to post this one because the RPS photo review this month is on Reflections.  Hope everyone enjoyed the trip and I am looking forward to our meeting on Tuesday!

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II
19mm @ f/14 – 0.5 sec – ISO 800

Medici Lion of St Augustine

One of the most famous landmarks in St Augustine, Florida is the Bridge of Lions which connects downtown to Anastasia Island where we stayed on our visit.  The bridge spans the Intercoastal Waterway and  Matanzas Bay and is part of the A-1-A highway along Florida’s east coast.

Known as “The Most Beautiful Bridge in Dixie”, the structure was completed in 1927.  The marble lions, a copy of the ancient design which graced the Villa de Medici in Rome, were gifts of  Dr. Andrew Anderson (1839–1924), the builder of the Markland House, who spent the last decade of his life putting works of art in public places in the Ancient City.

The Bridge of Lions – St Augustine, Florida
Nikon D7100
Tamron 16-300 Di II VC PZD Macro
70mm @ f8 –  1/800 sec – ISO 200

St Augustine brick streets

Some of the streets of St Augustine’s historic downtown are paved with brick as shown in this image.  As locals will tell you, it is BRICK – not cobblestone!   This is actually an interesting piece of the local history.

The coastal area of Florida where St Augustine is located, does not have much stone available to build with so, flagstones and cobblestones are not found here.  Many of the surviving historic buildings are constructed of a material known as “Coquina” which is sedimentary rock composed mainly of shells but this is not what was used for the streets.

In the early days of the city, the builders used cypress logs to line the streets and make them more durable but those tended to get washed away when floods came.  In the late 19th and early 20th century, the city began using bricks to pave the streets.  Many of the brick streets have since been paved over with asphalt but some are still visible and the city is making efforts to restore and repair them where possible.

The bricks seen here are marked Reynolds Block and were made by the Tennessee Paving Brick Company of Robbins, Tennessee (later sold to the Southern Clay Manufacturing Company).  This company made bricks from 1888 to 1939 and they grace the streets of a number of historic cities like Louisville, Kentucky; Cincinnati, Ohio; St. Petersburg, Florida as well as St. Augustine.  Along with Tennesee Paving and Southern Clay, Graves Birmingham also provided bricks for St Augustine’s streets.

It is wonderful to notice the historic details of a place even if it is just under your feet!

Reynolds Block brick streets – St Augustine, Florida
Nikon D7100
Tamron 16-300 Di II VC PZD Macro
16mm @ f8 –  1/250 sec – ISO 400

Saint Augustine Cathedral

On our recent visit, we had the privilege of toust-augustine-7727ring the Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine.
The spire of the church is one of the most recognizable features of St Augustine’s historic district.  When you look down Cathedral Street, the cathedral and the tops of the main buildings from nearby Flagler College draw your eyes toward the sky.

St Augustine Cathedral was part of the original Spanish colony but the original buildings were small and crude.  The current building was constructed over five years, from 1793–1797, it is the oldest church in Florida.  The interior is full of beautiful stained-glass and elaborate details.  The exterior is a combination of Spanish mission and Neoclassical styles.

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Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine
St. Augustine, Florida
Featured Image: Nikon D7100
Sirui P-204S Monopod
Tamron 16-300 Di II VC PZD Macro
16mm @ f8 –  1/2 sec – ISO 800