Thursday, September 23, 2010

A Trip to a Fort

We drove all day to visit this cute little town. It is named Ligonier after field marshal John Ligonier (1680-1770), who was the commander in chief of British land forces and military advisor to William Pitt. Ligonier was based in London and never served in North America. These canons are known as eight-inch mortars and are made of bronze.


In the middle of the 18th century, Britain and France contested ownership of the inner basin of North America. The conflict became known in America as the French and Indian war. It later was called The Seven Years' War.

These canons are called six-pound field pieces. They shoot a 6 pound canon ball.


The army, known as Forbes army, only had wood and earth as building materials but they built this fort to enclose storehouses. Forbe's army was more than a fighting force, it was an entire community comprising soldiers, civilians, women and children. In 1758 over 6000 people lived at Fort Ligonier.

The unusual design of the fence is called retrenchment. It is made of a double-tiered wall of horizontal logs. The top is crowned with "fraising" which are sharpened pickets set at a thirty degree angle.



By 1766, the fort was no longer needed and was decommissioned.

The oval shaped dwelling far to the right is Cherokee/Catawba Indian dwelling.


This is the blacksmith's shop and a dwelling.


These buildings served as a hospital and surgical unit.


The buildings have shutters and roof vents to allow for fresh air circulation.


These are the communal clay bake ovens where everyone baked their daily bread.


This is the smokehouse where all of the meat was smoked so it could be preserved.

You can see a Conestoga wagon to the right of the smokehouse. Each of these wagons could carry 1500 pounds of cargo. They were pulled by two to four horses.

We could not go inside the fort because though this was used to fight wars apparently they are threatened by Chow Chow puppies. I don't blame them.




This guys stands outside of the town toy store.


Appropriately named Ivy Cafe.


Cute optometrist sign.


Nice iron work.


I loved this shop and bought some things for a future giveaway at The Strawberry Crow.


One of a kind shops line the streets.


Original architecture has been preserved.


A purple Victorian much like the one on my Oktoberfest post.


Teddy takes time to smell the roses....petunias. She is not much of a gardener.


Lots of nice antique stores!


This store was really cute and had all kinds of Fall/Halloween items.


I could fix this one up!


Every tree and parking meter was surrounded with Fall decorations.


Teddy really enjoyed the trip.


A squirrel feeder and a strangely placed chair.


Almost every house was decorated for Fall.


These grapevine trees were covered in orange lights.


This gazebo sits on the town square.


There is plenty of seating on all of the benches which line the four walkways.


There are four large Martin houses on the square.


The ornate wrought iron railing around the gazebo.


The wrought iron trim around the roof.


A beautiful church across from the square.


A patient pup being photographed by the Blog Tech while she waits for her mama outside a store. She suffers from separation anxiety.


This cute restaurant has second floor outside seating.


This fountain on the square has a basin for people, one for horses and one for dogs.
And here we have the faithful puppy and the Blog Tech waiting for me once again. I notice that the Blog Tech has a huge smile on his face. I think it must be because he is enjoying his NFL magazine. It turns out that he is actually laughing in anticipation of telling me that we have to abort the trip and return home. Apparently the BT needs to do some photography excercizes because he pulled a groin muscle squatting to take a photograph and could hardly walk. I had lots of fun teasing him on the long drive home while he held a big bag of ice on his.....well, you know.....the groin area!!!! The first words out of his mouth were...oh god, this is going to be on the blog. He knows me well!


So we slowly returned to the car. I actually was jumping around him laughing and teasing him about wheelchairs. He was only slightly amused.


I managed to snap a few last pics. I did not squat.


Bottles trees fascinate me. I just don't get them.


A log house on the way out of town.

*Tomorrow the Blog Tech and I are off at 4:00 am to travel to The Country Living Magazine Fall Fair. This is one of the best fairs in the America. We will be sure to take lots of pictures to show you. I will make sure he stays upright. No more squatting for quite some time.

**Tomorrow's post will be dated today because I will be putting it together today.

***Still time to enter the giveaway. Remember that Saturday is the Practical Magic Blog Party.

14 comments:

Chaotic_Dreamer said...

Poor Blog Tech, Great pics thanks for sharing them with us.

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

Great history lesson! Knew nothing about that. I can understand why they didn´t let You in, Chows are famous for eating old forts :-) :-) :-)

Once again a beautiful little town! I think it is the mentality of the people that makes me feel that it is so different than over here. We almost never decorates around our houses like You do. Some at Christmas but that´s it.

Poor Blog Tech! I know that pain :-) Send him my best wishes of a fast recovery!

Have a great trip tomorrow!
Christer.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Every great artist must suffer for his art. Condolences to the Blog Tech.

Pricilla said...

I hope the Blog Tech is feeling better.

Maybe the squirrel needed a place to rest after eating....

Guillaume said...

A fort in Autumn? My imagination is running wild.

Tractor Mom said...

Loving the awesome pictures! Can't wait for the Country Living Fair pictures!!

Come by when you get stopped long enough....

CathyH said...

Great photos! Looks like my kinda place to visit!

Erin @ I Heart New England said...

What a charming little town... thanks for sharing it with us! ♥

AlphaBetsy said...

I'm going to the Country Living Fair on Saturday!! I'm so excited, because it's my first time. Have a great time. Oh, and I love all your photos, as usual.

Autumnforest said...

Everything around you is so charming! My son and his fiancee were saying that if they don't find good jobs in Portland, OR in a few years when they go looking, they might consider going to PA. I said "western, please!" Because, I'm going to move whereever they go too.

Teresa said...

What a great trip! I hope the blog tech is feeling better soon.

Mystica said...

From where do you find these beautiful little towns. Such detail and the architecture and scenery is awesome. I loved the water fountain for horses and dogs. I've never seen one like that before or even heard of it before!

Divaeva said...

I got this catalog in the mail today and totally thought of you and your fabulous blog...
http://www.victoriantradingco.com/
soooo many cool Halloweenie things... and I finally found a carpet bag - I have been looking for one forever!

Rue said...

I've always wanted to attend one of the CL Fairs! Can't wait to see your post.

Poor Blog Tech. Of course he'd be on the blog - lol! Hope his...um..."area" is better!