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Nathaniel Russell House Staircase, Second Floor

Built in 1808, the design of a Charleston merchant’s home was all about symmetry. And impressing your neighbors, like this three-story, cantilevered, flying staircase was intended to do.

Window Behind the Cantilevered Staircase
Window Behind the Cantilevered Staircase, Second Floor

Sometimes, reality didn’t match the rules, and this window is not evenly placed behind the staircase. But it does illustrate that the staircase doesn’t touch the wall for support.

Window Behind the Cantilevered Staircase
Window Behind the Cantilevered Staircase

This window seen from the outside, taken from what is now the narrow driveway to the back of the property. My back was at the wall of the First (Scots) Presbyterian Church next door and the trees reflected in the glass are in the graveyard.

Window From Outside
Window From Outside

Nathaniel Russell House Museum, Charleston, SC
January 27, 2023

This home has been restored to its 1808 appearance and is part of the Historic Charleston Foundation collection.

Additional posts of the Nathaniel Russell House Museum

French Huguenot Church, Pink

Yes, it is pink. And pretty dramatic looking in the Gothic Revival style.

French Huguenot Church, Charleston
French Huguenot Church, Charleston, Ted just visible in lower right

A gap in vehicle and pedestrian traffic, no leaves on the Crepe Myrtles, and a beautiful sky came together on Friday for an unusual photo opportunity of this landmark.

French Huguenot Church, Charleston
French Huguenot Church, Charleston

The church sits across Church street from the Dock Street Theater, and as a fan of reflection images I couldn’t pass this up.

French Huguenot Church Reflected in Dock Street Theater Window
French Huguenot Church Reflected in Dock Street Theater Window

French Huguenot Church, Charleston, SC
January 27, 2023

Oval Drawing Room, Revisited 2023

The symmetry and bling of the historic Nathaniel Russell House is on full display in the oval drawing room.

Oval Drawing Room Ceiling and Chandelier
Oval Drawing Room Ceiling and Chandelier

I am fascinated by these tri-column mirror panels. Rather like a fun-house mirror, just shifting your position an inch or two changes the scene. Here, triplicates of a music stand with varying amounts of a standing harp next to it.

Oval Drawing Room Rounded Mirrors
Oval Drawing Room Rounded Mirrors

Despite the wealth and import business that would have allowed the Russells to have mahogany doors, the hallway doors are faux. The skill and expense of applying the design to a pine door was valued over real mahogany.

Oval Drawing Room Rounded Mirrors
Oval Drawing Room Rounded Mirrors, Open door that leads to hallway

Nathaniel Russell House Museum, Charleston, SC
January 27, 2023

This home has been restored to its 1808 appearance and is part of the Historic Charleston Foundation collection.

Additional posts of the Nathaniel Russell House Museum

Leonards Mills: Shingle Mill, 2 of 2

Continued from Leonards Mills: Shingle Mill, 1 of 2

Once he has the shingle in his hand the mill worker cuts one edge off…

Cedar Shingle Mill
Cedar Shingle Mill

…flips the shingle over…

Cedar Shingle Mill
Cedar Shingle Mill

…cuts the second edge off…

Cedar Shingle Mill
Cedar Shingle Mill

then flips the shingle into a pile.

Cedar Shingle Mill
Cedar Shingle Mill

Meanwhile the next shingle is ready…

Cedar Shingle Mill
Cedar Shingle Mill

Just to the left you can see a building sided with cedar shingles from this demonstration mill.

Cedar Shingle Mill
Cedar Shingle Mill

I was fortunate that during my September visit the Maine Forest and Logging Museum was having Living History Days.

The Maine Forest and Logging Museum in Bradley has a variety of exhibits intended “to preserve, celebrate and educate people about the sustainable forest culture of Maine.”

http://www.maineforestandloggingmuseum.org

October 1, 2022

Leonards Mills: Shingle Mill, 1 of 2

Wooden shingles have long been used in New England due to the abundance of wood and its durability. Ingenuity and mechanical innovations led to commercial production equipment like this Shingle Mill on display at the Maine Forest and Logging Museum.

A short length of cedar is fixed into a mechanism that carries the wood to the saw.

Shingle Mill
Shingle Mill

The mill worker takes each shingle…

Cedar Shingle Mill
Cedar Shingle Mill

… in a well practiced movement…

Cedar Shingle Mill
Cedar Shingle Mill

…lifts the shingle away from the saw blade.

Cedar Shingle Mill
Cedar Shingle Mill

A wider view:

Cedar Shingle Mill
Cedar Shingle Mill

This mill has an amazing number of moving parts.

Built By Hackett & Witham, Skowhegan ME
Built By Hackett & Witham, Skowhegan ME

I was fortunate that during my September visit the Maine Forest and Logging Museum was having Living History Days.

The Maine Forest and Logging Museum in Bradley has a variety of exhibits intended “to preserve, celebrate and educate people about the sustainable forest culture of Maine.”

http://www.maineforestandloggingmuseum.org

October 1, 2022

Leonards Mills on Blackman Stream

I was fortunate that during my September visit the Maine Forest and Logging Museum was having Living History Days.

I’m not keen on taking photographs of strangers and this was a well attended event so my images were somewhat restricted.

One of the highlights of the museum is the water powered saw mill which sits on Blackman Stream. The smoke up the stream was from the encampment of the trapper reenactor, who was cooking stew.

Leonards Mills on Blackman Stream
Leonards Mills on Blackman Stream

Next is the downstream view from that little bridge by the smoke in the first picture, with the covered bridge to the left and the mill works in the middle. It was a grey, dull day and not much fall foliage change; these few pops of orange was about it.

Leonards Mills on Blackman Stream
Leonards Mills on Blackman Stream

The Maine Forest and Logging Museum in Bradley has a variety of exhibits intended “to preserve, celebrate and educate people about the sustainable forest culture of Maine.”

http://www.maineforestandloggingmuseum.org

October 1, 2022

Strawberry Chapel, The Outside From Further Back

Strawberry Chapel from the back of the three acre property, at least as far back as it is cleared.

Strawberry Chapel
Strawberry Chapel

This tree has been witness to a lot of history.

Strawberry Chapel
Strawberry Chapel

September 10, 2022
Strawberry Chapel
Cordesville, South Carolina

The Anglican Church established “chapels of ease” throughout rural South Carolina in the 1700s for members to attend services close to home without trekking to an actual church.

Built in 1725, Strawberry Chapel is the only remaining structure from the Childsbury settlement on the Cooper River.

Strawberry Chapel, Windows From Inside

I was impressed by the number and size of the glass windows at Strawberry Chapel given that it was built in 1725. Considerable expense would have been involved.

This window on the west side of the building has a view of the brick receiving crypt where remains would be kept prior to a funeral.

Strawberry Chapel Window
Strawberry Chapel Window, Some panes have been replaced due to vandalism

This is the view from the front of the room, one of the fenced burial plots is visible out the left window. I didn’t hear mention if these were the original pews, but most of the floor down the middle is original tile.

Strawberry Chapel Back Door and Window
Strawberry Chapel Back Door and Window

And the same view again, including the decorative window at the peak.

Strawberry Chapel Back Door and Window
Strawberry Chapel Back Door and Window

The west door has the same view as from that window to the left, shown in the first image. A matching door and small anti-room are on the opposite side.

Strawberry Chapel Side Door
Strawberry Chapel Side Door

September 10, 2022
Strawberry Chapel
Cordesville, South Carolina

The Anglican Church established “chapels of ease” throughout rural South Carolina in the 1700s for members to attend services close to home without trekking to an actual church.

Built in 1725, Strawberry Chapel is the only remaining structure from the Childsbury settlement on the Cooper River. The chapel is private property and Ted and I attended an educational / history event on the site.

Strawberry Chapel, The Outside

The grounds at Strawberry Chapel have a number of haphazardly placed brick-walled enclosures for family burial plots.

Strawberry Chapel
Strawberry Chapel

With doors on three sides, the layout maximized any available air flow for gatherings during the hot low-country summers.

Strawberry Chapel
Strawberry Chapel

The decedents of this family don’t keep up their enclosed section. The chapel owners have all they can do to maintain the open sections of the grounds.

Strawberry Chapel
Strawberry Chapel

The rectangular building has a “jerkin head” roof, essentially a gable end that has a hip. The chapel will be celebrating 300 years in 2025 so the structure was a good choice.

Strawberry Chapel
Strawberry Chapel

September 10, 2022
Strawberry Chapel
Cordesville, South Carolina

The Anglican Church established “chapels of ease” throughout rural South Carolina in the 1700s for members to attend services close to home without trekking to an actual church.

Built in 1725, Strawberry Chapel is the only remaining structure from the Childsbury settlement on the Cooper River.