Goodbye Cruiserface, Hello Happyface: The (old) Long and (new) Short Of It All

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by popscycle, Apr 24, 2014.

  1. popscycle

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    Riding Along The Canal: Is that supposedly art or something else on the old mill? If the former, the building may not provide the best compliment to the creation and vice versa.

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    A Most Favorite Bridge: Apologies for taking yet another picture of this 'pumpkin seed' bridge, located on Bardwells Ferry road at coordinates 42.555364, -72.677737. I have to say this bridge is a favorite. It has a steep, downhill approach with a hairpin right over some RR tracks, wooden planks that rattle as you ride over them and a great view of the river and rapids below from the deck.

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    Also, the ride on Bardwells Ferry Road is also a favorite, even with the short stretch very rough road beside Cosby's place.
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    Not Much Color Yet: Below is a shot of Slarrow's mill I took the other day. This is a favorite spot for photogs trying to capture New England color. As we have noted before, the mill dates to 1750.

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    I will go back in a week or so and try for a better picture. Topping the pic I took in 2015 will be difficult, as I will need the combination of a clear blue sky, good foliage color and a smooth (no wind) pond surface.
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  4. jeickerman

    jeickerman Full of it.

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    That is an amazing photo John. Well done! :clap
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  5. popscycle

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    Green River Riding Serenity: The picture below was taken by the covered bridge at the historic Green River Crib Dam in VT.

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    jeickerman Full of it.

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    Again...well done John. :clap
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    Again, Thank You! Am thinking this spot will be really picturesque very soon now.
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    A lot of nice dirt roads around the area how are the colors up there ? Maybe a couple more weeks for be on peak?


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  9. popscycle

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    Passed by there today (pic below taken this afternoon) - not a lot of change yet. I think you're right in that peak color is a week or two away.

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    Scene While Riding: The Atlantic Ocean at Kennebunkport, Maine. Passing through the small coastal town, I thought this shore scene made for an interesting shot when zooming in on two people near water's edge.

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    Caught One Moving At The Yard: On a chance run by the yard, I caught this GP just starting to move out.

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    Pictures were taken while sitting on the bike on the bridge over the tracks. I used the lens zoom for the picture above and returned it to normal for the one below.

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    OK, I have some news here. First, I now know what this building was. Second, it is in the process of being restored (pic to follow in a bit). Third, with the help of several good folks, a friendly ghost and some walls that talked, I traced one of the owners back to this beautiful place:

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    More to follow - it will all be revealed.
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    The Case Of The Mysterious, Toasty Old Structure: I first noticed this old structure back in July 2015. It was mostly boarded up, well-weathered and had a slate roof that was disintegrating.

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    The following year in May 2016, there appeared to be some effort preserve the structure. Someone had removed a lot of the surrounding foliage and attempted to cover the roof. At this point we were starting to get curious but not to the point of substituting research for riding.

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    More recently, I rode by the place and noticed the roof structure being dismantled. Was the building being demolished, dismantled for its old wood or being preserved?

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    That got me off my butt/the GS and I began doing some research with questions sent to several local historical societies, none of whom bothered to answer. Thinking "If only walls could talk", I opened my eyes, went back to scout around the property and found a wall that talked. The answer was nearby in plain site.

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    The sign on the wall says Lamson & Goodnow, which was a company that made cutlery - once the largest cutlery manufacturer in the U.S. Founded in 1837, the company filed for bankruptcy in 2014 and sold off virtually all of its factory buildings, including the toasty oldie we'd been been photographing. Now under new ownership, the building above is the one, remaining , original L&G building owned by the company. It is of the same era as the old building and is a factory store. Going inside, you'll see what the structure of the toasty oldie would look like had it previously been preserved/restored - and perhaps what it will look like in the future.

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    The good folks in the factory store said they thought the old building was being preserved but weren't sure. So I went around the property to try to find out for myself. The workers at the site said they were doing a frame-up restoration, keeping the good wood and replacing the rest. Happy day!

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    Of the firm's owners, I learned that that it was one Abel F. Goodnow along with the Lamson brothers who started and ran the firm. Having previously done some research in the Goodnow library in Princeton, it was natural to wonder if there was a connection. There was! Abel Goodnow was the youngest child of Edward Goodnow, whose 1786 farm is now protected by Mass Audubon and the friendly ghost of Edward.

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    More on all of this to follow!
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    The Case Of The Mysterious, Toasty Old Structure - From Farm To Table Knife: This whole affair started with questions about a toasty old mill building in Shelburne Falls and ended on a Princeton farm where it seems one Abel F. Goodnow (of Lamson & Goodnow cutlery manufacturing), son of Edward Goodnow and founder of toasty old mill building(s), grew up. The farm is a beautiful old place, dating to 1786 as indicated on the sign in the previous post, that is located at coordinates 42.455760, -71.905471.

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    The main house sits along what was once the Barre Turnpike, which became a major stage road east out of Barre, MA. By 1826, the Goodnow place became a stagecoach inn and tavern on this busy road. What was once the inn's taproom is a delightful place with a big old colonial fireplace - the kind that can hold whole logs. I am thinking Mass Audubon could make some coin fixing the inside up as an inn once again. You immediately notice the house was expanded several times, given that Edward had a confusing number of children. I lost count researching them at the local library but noted the home housed 4 generations of Goodnows. It should also be noted that the staff told me the ghost of Edward is still busy around the farmstead these days. Among other things, he likes to mess with the electrics and security stuff.

    The Goodnow farm was bought by Charles Crocker Jr. in 1917. Crocker was a 'gentleman farmer' who visited the place as a summer home but raised sheep, shorthorn cattle and championship sheep dogs all year. In 1925, Crocker built the magnificent bank barn shown below. There's no longer any cattle but the farm still has sheep. Gone is the milk house and second embankment up into the bank barn.

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    More interesting (to me) however, was the smaller, mid-1800s horse and carriage barn built by Goodnow. Aside from interest in the post and beam construction, I was thinking that a young Abel Goodnow possibly worked and played in this barn before growing up to becoming one of the country's early industrialists. In some ways, the smell of that barn was like sweet perfume that took me back to the days of youth when we worked, played and found adventure and romance in barns - something that every young person should be so fortunate to experience.

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    I didn't stay too long, not wanting to take too much of the staff's valuable time, especially that of the most-helpful Cindy Dunn, who is the site manager and conservation coordinator with Mass Audubon. On leaving, I had to stop, look back up the stage road and gather my thoughts about this place.

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    With so many family farms disappearing and history being lost/destroyed, the preservation of an old one, like the Goodnow Farm, is a gift, as are the people who work to preserve it and our history. Such places can become even more meaningful to those of us who're riding into the autumn of our lives. I need to go back for many reasons, including better pictures of and support for this place.

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    Rusty Rocket Life behind "Bars"

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    I sure do love a cool barn like that last pic.
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    For some (perhaps not so) strange reason, I never met a barn I didn't like to some degree. Below is a pic of the structure of the adjacent, larger 1920s Crocker bank barn on the Goodnow farm. Note the construction differences (i.e., framing vs. post and beam).

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    Apologies for the poor photograph. I should have used the tripod and shot an HDR series to compensate for the areas of more extreme light and shadow.
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    Requisite Covered Bridge Shot: Taken last week, I made the mistake of thinking the road was a short cut. Being the law-abiding person I am, I took a picture of the bridge in lieu of venturing across. Located at coordinates 42.669897, -72.718801, the bridge would have only saved me a few miles.

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    Of course, a structural shot of the inside is a must.

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    I love these old bridges!
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    John; I believe if you shut the bike off and pushed it across the bridge, the law would have no quarrel with you.:D
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    Your cardiologist however.................


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    Pushing the bike across might have kept me from becoming a scofflaw but would have upset the cyclists who get really pissy when you're on roads/paths they think belong to them (e.g., rail trails). Also, pushing a GS is to invite 'final drive failure' jokes. :D
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