Triadelphia by Lois  Bryan

Featured in All Glorious Gardens December 2, 2011.
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This image was taken at the Brighton Azalea Gardens in Montgomery County Maryland in May of 2008. Between the trees you can see Triadelphia Lake, beneath which lay the remains of the Town of Triadelphia.

A little history of Triadelphia, copied from the Sandy Spring Museum’s website follows:

Born of the Patuxent River and then destroyed by it, the mill town Triadelphia knew years of glory as a leading Maryland industrial center. Triadelphia (“three brothers”) was founded in 1809 by brothers-in-law Thomas Moore, Isaac Briggs, and Caleb Bentley, who married Brooke sisters. Its water wheels powered a cotton spinning mill with six carding engines and 444 spindles, a sawmill, grist mill, and mill for grinding bone and plaster. Around the mills sprang up a structured little city: smithy, cooperage, wheelwright shop, stables, church, cotton factory, company store, post office, cabinet shop, orchard, garden area, meat house, lime kiln, school house, Odd Fellows Hall, 15 detached houses and 11 double houses.

Triadelphia’s golden years came after 1840, when Thomas Lansdale took over the factory and mills. The town throbbed with 400 people. Straining eight-horse teams brought wagonloads of raw cotton and supplies from Baltimore and returned laden with muslin, products of the grist mill, and cotton duck for making ship sails.

Then came a train of disasters. The Civil War strangled the flow of southern cotton. An 1868 flood swept away houses. The end came in the 1889 deluge that also caused the Johnstown flood. Richard H. Lansdale, a grandson of Thomas and future miller, recalled walking as a child away from the wrecked town with a pillow under one arm and a chicken under the other. Today Triadelphia’s foundations slumber beneath the reservoir that bears its name.

Image taken with the Nikon D40x and the 18-135mm lens. Post processing included Photoshop and hdr in Photomatix then back to Photoshop for slight Orton.

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  • Laddie Halupa
    Laddie Halupaabout 6 years ago

    Wonderful Shot. I love the colors and the warmth.

  • Thank you, Laddie … this is a magical place!!!

    – Lois Bryan

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    NatureGreeting...about 6 years ago


  • Hi Carolyn!!! With all your fabulous nature shots … if you like this one, then I’m happy!!!!! Thank you!!!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • Curtiss Simpson
    Curtiss Simpsonabout 6 years ago

    Outstanding Lois this image displays so much warmth the color and light is beautiful love this one !

  • thank you, dear Curtiss!!! It was such a beautiful day!!! I was there at about the same time three days straight, and each day the light was different!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • Heather  Rivet  IPA
    Heather Rivet...about 6 years ago


  • Hi Heather!!! Thank you!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • VonMcKnelly
    VonMcKnellyabout 6 years ago

    Don’t you just love how the trees shadow the ground giving the light play….very inviting image Lois I can see how it stopped you in your tracks and creating the pic.

  • Thank you Von … just like you to notice the shadows and the light … it’s my favorite part of this one. So much so, in fact, that I popped it back into Photoshop for a little more tinkering … I’m much happier with it now!! It’s much more like I see the day in my mind’s eye now. (I’m waaaaaaay too picky, lol) Thanks for your visit and kind note!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonabout 6 years ago

    WOW !!! this is gorgeous,

  • Hiii Ann, dear!!! Thank you for that “WOW”!!! I LOVE it!!! LOL!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • Tpp2
    Tpp2about 6 years ago

    Fantastic place and capture!

  • Hello Teresa!!!! Thank you very much for your kind visit and note!!! I appreciate it very much!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • jacqi
    jacqiabout 6 years ago

    Beautiful scene of colour, light and shade but what a sad tale of the town beneath the lake.

  • Oh jacqi, you’re soooo right!!!! The story of the town has haunted me since I first heard it!!!! The story goes that when we’re having a drought, you can go out onto Triadelphia lake (which is actually part of the Patuxent River, so not really a lake at all) in a small boat and look down and still see the town. It was mostly made of stone, so, I imagine it is possible. There’s even a wonderful house in the area made from stones from the old buildings there!!!! We have a small canoe and have been out, but never when the water is low enough to see anything.

    – Lois Bryan

  • janpiller
    janpillerabout 6 years ago

    Oh this is soooo pretty Lois!! What gorgeous light you captured! Such a beautiful place!

  • Helloooooo Jan!!!! Thank you, sweetie!!!! I wasn’t happy with this one … so tossed it back into Photoshop for a little extra oomph … I think it’s much better now than when you were kind enough to visit!!!! I know, I’m a mess … lol!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • brirose55
    brirose55about 6 years ago

    beautiful lois

  • Hi Brian!!!! Thank you!!!!!

    – Lois Bryan

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