It POURED AND POURED on Saturday ---we nearly drenched ourselves getting from the restaurant back to the cars after our lunch…..it came in buckets!
And up to this point I’d only been driven through town on the way to/from the workshop and the lecture. But later in the afternoon, the clouds were less menacing and I got brave.
On went the running shoes, the hoodie sweat shirt, the ear buds and my phone…music playing in my head, eyes taking on the sights of this small town as I walked around the downtown area, exploring.
I was on a mission. I wanted some good close ups of that monument.
I left the comfort of my room at the historic Queensbury Hotel ((Hey, Kenny Rogers slept here, and played football in this park!)) and headed out toward the traffic circle.
Spring has arrived in the upper North East! FINALLY!
This is a borrowed photograph from google images!
Glens Falls is a thriving, bustling little city, not far from Albany or Saratoga Springs ---and EVERYTHING revolves around this little traffic circle!
Up one side of the street ----
While looking across at the other!
((And I just love that old fashioned looking street light!))
When walking past old restored shop fronts, one must ALWAYS ALWAYS LOOK DOWN!! Whoowhooo!! Loved this tile work! Do you see how the letters are shaded? Lighter tiles at top, darker ones at the bottom, and that bit of red off to the side to give dimension and depth. Someone graphed this out carefully!
How about this one:
What an interesting border!
Look how it turns the corner:
Ooohh..this would make a great border…for something, all worked in squares and rectangles!
Interesting architecture! I love the swag over that balcony…but look at the upper right corner:
I love to imagine buildings in their “hey day” when they were the newest latest greatest thing….and then imagine what the women wore –dresses, hats, gloves, shoes, shawls….and then be very glad that I could be power walking past this building with jeans and tennies!
Classic! First National Bank!
And then there it was:
The monument was dedicated in 1872 to honor the 644 men from Queensbury who served in the Civil War. Ninety-five names, those of the men who died from this area, are engraved on the monument.
Many battles of the war are listed on each side of the monument.
I saw a photo from the raising of this monument just after the Civil War hanging in the hallway back at the hotel:
Pardon the reflection of the light…..and if you look close enough..you can see MY reflection taking the photo! Same monument. Thrown back in time.
“This tablet is inscribed as a public expression of regard of Daniel V Brown and Capt Edward Riggs who perished at sea off the coast of Virginia, January 9th 1865 while in the performance of their duties as military agents of the town of Queensbury.”
Who fell in the war for the Union.
Soldiers who were killed or died from wounds.
Statues watching over their fallen brethren.
Fallen Officers. Look at the ages. Babies.
They are not forgotten.
Soldiers who died from disease.
My family may roll their eyes at me for my “NEED” to stop and bear witness to these things, but to me history matters. History is the reason we are here. It was a humbling walk!
And it continued! I’ll share the rest of the photos in another post as this one is getting plenty long! Thanks for joining me for the walk.
Tonight --- Quilt-Cam! 9 pm Eastern! Baby quilt borders to work on tonight, and a binding to get on to a very special class sample for the Collaboration Celebration here in Winston Salem with Mickey Depre, Queen of Pieced Hexies – in AUGUST!!
((You ARE coming, aren't you?!?))
((You ARE coming, aren't you?!?))
Have a super day, everyone!