Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Turtles and Mackinac are closely entwined, as the Great Turtle of legend is a large part of the creation story of the island. If you visit Mackinac, you'll see turtles referenced and displayed all over the Island.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
The Lowell National Historic Park does a wonderful job of presenting a complicated mixture of culture, environment and history in a very accessible manner.
Our first stop was the Visitor Center, to orient ourselves, all the other venues were withing easy walking distance.
I loved the weaving shuttle on the weather vane atop this bell tower. This tower was not meant to be solely ornamental, it had a function - to keep the workers on schedule. Workers were said to "live by the bells", as this schedule shows:
A couple items of interest, just inside the entry - early anti-smoking legislation:
And this incredible stairwell:
A sign shared the sad story of a young mill girl, who broke the rules by sliding down the banister of this staircase, fell and later died.
It's often the little details that people remember most and I suspect a good example is your entry ticket to the mill - a time card! You can even "punch in" on the original time clock.
While only a fraction of the looms were in operation, the noise was overwhelming, I really can't imagine spending 10 hours a day with all the looms working, the poor light and ventilation.
Meals were heavy, servings huge!
Breakfast: Fried cod fish, fried hash, fried potatoes, pumpkin mash with cream, bread and butter, apple pie, coffee or milk.
Dinner: Pease soup, Boiled dinner of corned beef with potatoes, carrots, turnips and parsnips, pickles, bread and butter, bread pudding, coffee.
Supper: Baked beans with pork, brown bread with cheese, fried potatoes, flap jacks with applesauce, Indian pudding, plum cake, tea.
The Park also offers boat tours of the canals, something I would have loved to have done, but unfortunately not available the day we visited.
Visiting Lowell was a wonderful experience and I would love to visit again when we had more time to explore and I would urge you to visit also.