Way Back Wednesday

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Museum building with snow, Mar 9, 1947

To make everyone appreciate summer, here is a shot from March 9, 1947 of snow by our front entrance.  That clearly didn’t stop operations as there are a number of tire tracks on the road

Proof that we did at one point have bathrooms in our park.  Unfortunately, park and trail visitors now only have port-a-potties to use.  Dated July 1953.   Read more

Way Back Wednesdays

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It’s Way Back Wednesdays time again!  This month I was able to get my hands on copies of images our photography department so wonderfully scanned and that all feature scenes from our park.

The above photograph shows an overall view of the park and lake in 1932, before the museum was even built.  It shows the completed project to create boundaries for the park.  I enjoy looking at this image because the area around the park has changed so much.  In 1932 there was a lot of farmland and now the area is all grown up and incredibly busy.   Read more

Way Back Wednesdays

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Group visiting the rock garden August 1938

It’s time again for our Way Back Wednesday photos showing how the museum and park used to look.  I feel very privileged that I am able to wade through these photos and get a glimpse into the museum’s past, which in some cases has been very interesting.  So enjoy!

This first photo shows a group in the park visiting our rock garden (that seems to be suspiciously void of many rocks) in August of 1938.  To the right of the group is our statue Shouting Boy that was carved by Harriet Randolph Hyatt Mayor, sister of Anna Hyatt Huntington (the museum’s founder’s wife).  For awhile the statue was out on Kettle Pond, but it had to be taken down after numerous attacks by vandals.  Currently a reproduction of the statue can be seen in our courtyard.   Read more

Art in the Park – Iron Stock Trotman Anchor (DA 64)

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As mentioned in a previous article, we have a current project going titled Artifacts in the Park where we are working on cleaning up some of our large, metal objects (anchors, cannons, propellers, etc.) after being sponsored by someone, or a group of someones.  These artifacts will then be moved out to areas all over the park for our visitors to enjoy.  No sense in keeping all of our awesome objects to ourselves!

The first object I’m going to discuss is an iron stock Trotman type anchor, ca 1852-1890 (Accession # DA 64).  This particular design was patented in 1852 by John Trotman (hence the name), who had improved upon the designs of Hornibal, Porter and Piper.  This type of anchor was frequently used in the marine merchant service.   Read more

The Beautiful Outdoors Part 2

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As promised, I’m here to bring you more information and photos about what our wonderful park and trail have to offer visitors (we really are so much more than just a museum!).  One new thing we have outside is our 1952 United States Coast Guard buoy that used to be in the Chesapeake Bay Gallery (pictures are available in other posts of us removing it).  I’ve mentioned this before, but it is now sitting outside of our business entrance for all who pass by to enjoy.  And I have to say, it looks great!

The spot where the buoy is sitting used to house the propeller from SS United States, which can now be seen as you turn onto Avenue of the Arts at the front of our property with the fountain.   Read more