Vernal Equinox At Snyder's Stone Barn by Gene Walls

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*I had a couple of choices to consider about how to celebrate today’s vernal equinox. I could have stayed at home and attempted to stand an egg on it’s end …or I could go catch a photograph of the south side of Snyder’s barn …at the very moment that spring officially began for 2010. You can see which option I chose.

This historic stone barn is found just outside of Montoursville, Pennsylvania, USA, along RT-87. This most unusual barn is the centerpiece of the current “Snyder Farm”. However, the barn was originally built by the Scott family. The Scott’s were Quakers who had settled in Lycoming County, PA in the 1770’s.

There is an archeological “dig” in progress on this property right now. Many Native American and Revolutionary War artifacts have been uncovered at the site. This has added a lot of significance to the historic value of the property.

Although they are no longer the owners, several descendants of the Scott family have applied to have this site listed on the National Register of Historic Places. They wish to permanently preserve the legacy of their forefathers, as well as the homestead that is so important to the very early historic record of Fairfield Township. (…and the State of Pennsylvania …AND the United States of America!)

The sale of this farm, to a developer planning to build a shopping mall here, was just averted by a court order in late February of 2010. An official listing on the National Register would prevent the possibility of that ever happening.*

_Long live the old stone barn!_

This photo was taken with a Canon EOS 10D using a Canon EF 35-350mm f/3.5-5.6L zoom lens. The focal length was 140mm. The shutter speed was 1/45th sec. at f/22. The camera’s ISO was set to 100. A heavy duty Manfrotto tripod was used with a Manfrotto 222 ball head.

Your comments are always welcome! Constructive criticism is appreciated.

© 2010 Gene Walls

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Hello, My name is Gene. I live in the Susquehanna river valley (West Branch), in the mountains of north central Pennsylvania. I strive to produce photographic images that are simply “true” to the subject, usually with minimal post processing. If something is beautiful or interesting enough to deserve a viewer’s attention, it justifies being captured just as it is …or as close to reality as possible.

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  • Jan  Tribe
    Jan Tribeover 4 years ago

    oh! this is much better than staying home…. great way to celebrate! I hope they get a listing on the National Register…. it would be a tragedy for a mall to replace this… Beautiful capture!

  • Thank you so much, Jan! Fortunately, the judge’s recent decision would make it extremely difficult for anyone to ever build a mall here, but it would be much better if the site was permanently listed as an official “historic place”. The gears of government turn very slowly, but I think this farm has a really good chance of being accepted. There is an archeological “dig” in progress on the site right now and many native american and Revolutionary War artifacts have been uncovered. The current owner has been very supportive of that project, even though it worked against him regarding the sale that was just overthrown. I think the old barn will be around for a very long time!

    All my best,


    – Gene Walls

  • John Schneider
    John Schneiderover 4 years ago

    Very nice! Hello spring!!! – John

  • Thank you very kindly, John! Hello spring … YES!

    Best regards,


    – Gene Walls

  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsover 4 years ago

    this is so fantastic, I sure enjoyed the read too Gene. I hope for the sake of history and preservation that this place is saved forever – especially for the family, I really dislike when developers try to take over for the sake of a mall, for goodness sake……….long live the old barn, she has aged well.

  • Thank you very, very much, Vickie! I must say that the Snyder’s have done a fantastic job of preserving this beautiful farm. They invested most of their life making this one of the most gorgeous family farms anywhere.

    I honestly suspect that they have had some very mixed feelings about the failure of the deal. It’s impossible for me to believe that anyone who has been such responsible stewards of their prescious farmland could actually want to see it “paved over” for all eternity.

    Seeing this unique place brings a huge smile to my face, every time I pass by! “She” didn’t “age well” all by herself. It took a never-ending effort by the Snyder family to keep her so lovely and productive. Their sweet corn has been praised, too many many times to count, for being "the sweetest “roastin’ ears” on earth"!

    I do hope that the official historic pronouncement will be granted very soon.

    All my best,


    – Gene Walls

  • Paul Gitto
    Paul Gittoover 4 years ago

    nice capture!

  • Thank you very kindly, Paul!

    Best regards,


    – Gene Walls

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 4 years ago


  • Thank you so much, Lorilee!

    All my best,


    – Gene Walls

  • Joy Watson
    Joy Watsonover 4 years ago

    Wow, what a barn. Beautiful scene

  • Thank you very much, Joy!

    Best wishes,


    – Gene Walls

  • Béla Török
    Béla Törökover 4 years ago

    Excellent image, Gene!

  • Thank you very kindly, Béla!

    All my best,


    – Gene Walls

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtover 4 years ago

    Your cohosts,
    Cee and Chris

  • Thanks a bunch, Cee!

    – Gene Walls

  • Isa Rodriguez
    Isa Rodriguezover 4 years ago

  • Thank you so very, very much, Isa! I am thrilled and extremely proud to have this photo featured in the “Live, Love and Dream” group!

    Most gratefully,


    – Gene Walls

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47over 4 years ago

    This is such an icon – & this is such a beautiful shot of its magnificence! But wait! I think I see an egg standing on its end on the roof!! Oh, no – it’s a lightning rod.

  • Thank you so much, Sheila! LOL! …hey, there are several pigeons perched up there on the roof, maybe there is a pigeon egg up there. (but your eyes would have to be really, really sharp to see that.)

    I appreciate your very kind compliment!

    My best,


    – Gene Walls

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