I've been exploring the back roads recently, taking pictures from the car window for a series I'm hoping to post on the landscape of the valley here - probably starting in a week or so. Besides the barns I've been photographing recently, I'm finding many other interesting buildings, some of them heritage buildings. Here are three I found this week which caught my interest.
This is St. Mary's Anglican Church in Maxwell, apparently no longer in use for regular services, as it was totally snowed in when I passed by. But it was a beautiful picture in yesterday's bright sun. Did I mention it was cold!
Yesterday I also stopped in front of the old Rob Roy one room schoolhouse, one of the few I've seen with the bell tower intact, complete with bell. I'm told that this is a small museum and the interior also still looks like a one room schoolhouse, though it's only open very limited hours during the summer and totally run by volunteers. I will be returning there as soon as I can. My father had many stories of teaching in a one room school like this during the thirties.
This is not a heritage building at all, but I thought it might interest some of my blog readers from elsewhere. It's a salt dome, and you see them all over the country wherever the winter snow flies. Stocked with salted sand in the summer, they feed the snow plows that also spread sand during the winter. Covered, the sand doesn't get wet and freeze into a solid mound of ice! Many small towns have one of these; this one is in Kimberley. All these pictures taken from the car window, keeping out of the sub-zero cold!
We're catching the northwest edge of a warmer air system moving up the east coast today, and we got a small bit of snow. But the temperature rose to -10°C (14°F), almost like a balmy summer day!
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i love the snow. we are having snow here in Virginia. so wild. i think at the moment it is ice. i love the angle of the 1st. the bell tower of the 2nd. so fun!! take care.
I would object to the "balmy summer day" reference, but I guess it's all relative, isn't it? Love the pictures, every one of them. :-)ReplyDelete
The first two shots are beautiful! I remember as a child wondering what those salt domes were when passing them by on the highway.ReplyDelete
That old church is really cute. The snowfall makes for a nice winter scene. (P.S. Thanks for pointing out the error in my recent blog post - I must've been feeling dyslexic when I wrote it!)ReplyDelete
I love the old school house. Would be nice to see the inside of it too.ReplyDelete
It is a beautiful old church. I like the old brick school house. It reminds me one that I saw in Maine with the arched window above the door. All three are great shots.ReplyDelete
I love the crispness of the shots, the blue contrasting with the white. I've never heard of salt domes, but then we don't get a lot of snow, you live and learn.ReplyDelete
That is a beautiful old church! We have those sand/salt domes here too. You had some sunny skies!! :)ReplyDelete
Two fine little buildings which seem to be built to very similar plans - bell-tower, end entry, three windows on the side. There always seems to be much of interest hidden away on back roads everywhere, and I'm sure the little museum will not disappoint.ReplyDelete
The white church look very beautiful against the dramatic blue background. It does look neat though probably maintenance is low if it's not being used regularly anymore.ReplyDelete
The musuem with belltower is an interesting building. Will be glad to see what's inside.
And yes, the salt dome is interesting for me. I haven't seen them in Russia but I always see salt and sand on icy road and sidewalks. I just don't know where they come from.
I hear you about it feeling downright balmy out yesterday. To think that's what minus single digits can do.ReplyDelete
Lovely photos.. cold, yes but look at that deep blue sky!
the church and schoolhouse are great. the salt dome is neat, too. :)ReplyDelete
That's a good sized one-room schoolhouse. I taught school and enjoyed having two grade levels, but meeting the needs of all ages must have been a huge challenge, holding the interest of the little ones and dealing with the curriculum for the older ones. Thanks for stopping by to comment on my west coast pictures. - MargyReplyDelete
Now these two churches are what I'd expect to see at home. Tom The Backroads TravellerReplyDelete
I love old buildings . Nice photos ! We have an old steal and iron bridge down the road that was built in the 1700,s and still used to this day it is a historical land mark . Thanks for sharing , have a good day !ReplyDelete
Nice churches though I draw the line at the dome tentReplyDelete
My mother did a series of pictures of all the old churches in our county. I need to get that back to the local historical society.ReplyDelete