*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.
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