Thursday, February 19, 2015
20 September 2014 Visiting Favorite Places
There's something relaxing about eating breakfast at an old fashioned restaurant with tabletop jukeboxes. This one also had quite a collection of old glass milk bottles from small dairies. Lefty Grove. The plaque and history was interesting, but for us the real star was the Lonoconing iron furnace. The furnace was built in 1837 and remains in super shape. It was a technical accomplishment because it was the first iron furnace that passed from using charcoal for iron production to using bituminous coal. It only operated for 16 years before being abandoned by the coal company, but it stands as a significant piece of industrial history. Cranesville Swamp at the Maryland-West Virginia border. The fall colors were not at their prime but we were rewarded with nodding ladys slipper and gentian all along the boardwalk.