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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Beautiful Old Farms and Barns Around Lancaster County

Old Farms and Barns Around Lancaster County Pennsylvania
Often times when we're looking for something to do, we'll jump into our car and head down to Lancaster County in Pennsylvania. We enjoy driving around on the back roads and checking out the old farms, barns and silos that we come across.

A lot of the old farms and barns that you come across in Lancaster County are Amish owned and operated. Don't be surprise to see the Amish men, women and children out working in the field, the Amish women hanging up laundry to dry, the kids playing in the yard and even better yet...when you pass by an Amish horse and buggy going down the road.
Old Farms and Barns Around Lancaster County Pennsylvania

Old Farms and Barns Around Lancaster County Pennsylvania

We enjoy checking out these old farms and photographing them for our blog. With that said, it's VERY IMPORTANT that you photograph them from a distance, block out any identifying information and NEVER venture onto private property. These people deserve to keep their privacy and they don't appreciate strangers wandering onto their land.

If you're unfamiliar with the area and driving around on the back roads, I do suggest that you use a good GPS system, so that you don't get lost. Next, we enjoy packing a picnic lunch when we go on these drives and often find very nice places where we can pull over and enjoy our lunch out in the beautiful countryside.
Old Farms and Barns Around Lancaster County Pennsylvania

Today we're featuring a few photographs of these gorgeous old barns and farms that we came across on a recent drive through Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. We've removed any identifying information, but I can tell you that ALL of them are indeed located within the county. Some are Amish-owned and other's aren't. All are beautiful in their own way.

If you're looking for something fun to-do, we suggest piling into the car and taking a drive along the back roads to check out the beautiful countryside here in Pennsylvania. It's something that we enjoy doing and do it a few times every year.

Monday, March 19, 2018

The Historic Old William Penn High School in Harrisburg

Former William Penn High School in Harrisburg Pennsylvania
The former William Penn High School is located in uptown Harrisburg across from Italian Lake. If you head to Division and Third Street, you'll see it sitting up on a hill overlooking Italian Lake and within walking distance of the Zembo Shrine. From what I read online, it's currently for sale and expected to sell for multi-millions.

One of the things that really impressed me about this old building is its architecture. As soon as you walk up to it you'll see these large columns which reminds me of some of the architecture we saw on old buildings when touring Italy several years ago.

Right out front you'll find a historical marker that gives you the history on this old building. Here's what it says.
Former William Penn High School in Harrisburg Historical Marker

Former William Penn High School

The simultaneous completion of Harrisburg's two state-of-the-art high schools in September of 1926 represented a milestone in the deliverance of quality public education to a city which had grown so rapidly in the first quarter of the 20th century that even the new schools built between 1890 and 1910 were rendered inadequate. Situated here is the former William Penn High School, beloved campus of thousands of Harrisburg alumni. It was the mate to the city's other secondary educational facility located at the eastern end, the former John Harris High School. When they opened, both schools represented an early and progressive shift from the older urban, schoolhouse environment to the kind of comprehensively planned campuses of secondary education which are being built today. Situated on a bluff that for years had been a favored place of recreational outings for Harrisburg citizens and known as Hoffman's Woods, the $1.7 million school offered views of the Susquehanna River and mountains beyond. It also became a fitting backdrop to the emerging Italian Lake Park, completing the idyllic setting as a place of learning and for extracurricular activities. Designed by Harrisburg architect Charles Howard Lloyd through a stiff architectural competition sponsored by the School Board, the building went through a number of design themes until the columned, neoclassical alternative was settled upon. William Penn High School served the city's youth who resided west of Cameron Street until 1972 when it was merged with John Harris to form the Harrisburg High School. the William Penn Campus now serves as the Harrisburg School District's Career and Technology Academy and alternative education program site offering specialized training necessary to contribute to an educated and qualified workforce.
Former William Penn High School in Harrisburg Pennsylvania

I bet this building was the "cream of the crop" back when it first opened and its a shame that it isn't being utilized today. As far as I can tell, it appears to be vacant, even though the marker stated that it was being used by the school district for other purposes. I can just imagine what it looks like inside and really wish they would open it up for tours. It's a magnificent building that was built shortly after the turn of the 20th century.
Former William Penn High School in Harrisburg Pennsylvania

If you enjoy checking out old inner city and urban buildings for their architectural features and if you're going to be in the uptown Harrisburg area...swing on by the old William Penn High School and take a look. While you're there, take a leisurely stroll around Italian Lake too!

Saturday, March 17, 2018

The Strip Wall Mural - Street Art in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh is one of those big, unforgettable cities that is packed full of history, culture and arts. Unlike some of the other cities in Pennsylvania, the Steel City offers its own unique vibe and flavor. In my honest opinion, it's one of the best cities to visit in the entire state!

We're big fans of outdoor street art and wall murals and while on a recent trip to downtown Pittsburgh we stumbled upon "The Strip" wall mural that's located at 1907 Penn Avenue in the Strip District. If you've never visited this's a fun place to do some shopping! 
The Strip Wall Mural - Street Art in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania

The wall mural was a collaboration between artists Carley Parrish and Shannon Pultz. It was completed in October 2010 and was officially dedicated in November of that same year. The sponsor for this particular piece of art was The Sprout Fun. 

It's painted on the side of the Hermanowski Building and is quite large in size. Not only is it a big one, but it's quite colorful too! One of the things that I really liked about it is the fact that it's 3-dimensional. If you look'll see metal birds that are flying around in the sky. I love how the artists added this 3-dimensional aspect. Pretty cool. 

If you're looking to photograph it...I recommend going early in the day before the parking lot gets too busy. You'll have to stand in the parking lot about 50 yards away from the wall mural to capture the entire thing in one photo. As you can see...this mural is definitely a must-see if you're going to be in the Strip District while visiting Pittsburgh.