Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Sherman Memorial Lighthouse, Tionesta, PA

While looking at the campground we were going to stay at on Google Maps, I saw a lighthouse on an island, which seemed kind of strange for a lighthouse beside the river where no ships go. So, of course, I had to see it! It’s easy to find in the town of Tionesta. The gates to a walkway are locked, but a gentleman came over and told us we could walk up to the lighthouse and walk along the river. They open the gates when they do tours. It’s free to walk through and the area is beautiful.

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According to a plaque near the lighthouse:
1. The Sherman Memorial Lighthouse is on  Lighthouse Island, Tionesta, PA.
2. Groundbreaking was on April 24, 2003.
3. It is owned by the Sherman Family.
4. The lighthouse was built as a beneficial landmark for the Tionesta community and to serve as a place to preserve the heritage of the Sherman family.
5. The Sherman Memorial Lighthouse is one of four in Pennsylvania, the other three are on Lake Erie.
6. The conceptual design was by J. Jack Sherman.
7. he lighthouse is 75 feet high and 16 feet in diameter.
8. The lighthouse consists of six floors and a basement.
9. The lighthouse has 76 steps spiraling up the center.
10. The rotating light was installed November 10, 2004.
11. The lighthouse was struck by lightening August 2, 2003.
12. The lantern room is 24 feet tall to the top.
13. At the time of its commemoration on September 17, 2006 the lighthouse displayed 280 replica lighthouses.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Bennington, VT Monuments and Robert Frost’s grave

When we were in Bennington, Vermont in May, I had read on Trip Advisor about the Bennington Battle Monument which commemorates the Battle of Bennington during the American Revolutionary War in 1777.  The monument is 306 feet 4 and 1/2 inches tall and was completed and dedicated in 1891. During certain times the monument is open and an elevator takes you up to a viewing area. There is a monument to Seth Warner, commander of the Green Mountain Boys who helped defeat the British forces in the Second Engagement of the Battle. Also a large granite boulder with a bronze tablet which was placed in honor of General John Stark and the 1400 New Hampshire men who were involved in the Battle with a statue of General John Stark on top.

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There’s also a time capsule, and a fiberglass painted moose that  was painted for Moosefest.

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The Old First Church organized in 1762 is beside a graveyard that contains the graves of about 75 revolutionary war patriots as well as British and Hessian Soldiers killed in the Battle of Bennington. The grave of American Poet, Robert Frost, is also in the cemetery.

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The Bennington Museum outside (we didn’t go inside)

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