MMAP Week 3, Maranatha Ministries, NH

The end of the third week has come, and thus, the end of the project.

This last week, Paul and Bob installed two lights on the entrance sign,


and the crew finished up sheetrock in the main room,

as well as in a staircase.



The ceiling will be finished with wood milled on the site.

Paul started sweeping up, so the above pictures have dust particles in them!

He was also assigned to water pressure clean some of the decks….I think because he is the youngest.

I realized I hadn’t posted pictures of some of the buildings at the camp yet.

Several of the cabins looked like Daniel’s Den, with an entry and two side bunk rooms.



Grace Cabin

Pond View Cabin, just above

Miracle Pond

Playground and barn area.

Views from the Summit Center where they were working, were absolutely amazing.

We will miss our gracious hosts, Edmund family.

They had us at their place each Wednesday for potluck dinner and hymn sing. Hope to return next year….maybe September!

Signs around camp had scripture, these were particularly meaningful…..


We had a covering of snow the morning we left, so it is definitely time to head south!

But then, we found out we were chasing the storm instead of running from it!

So we are stopped for the day at a Walmart store to wait out the storm. Guess we know now why the RV parks are all closed for the season!

And can you tell we are in Pennsylvania Amish Country? There is a barn/carport for the buggies at one end of the parking lot.

There is a Chinese restaurant here, so we had lunch there… Paul’s fortune cookie message: “Many pleasurable and memorable adventures are in store for you!” Do ya think??
Paul is finally getting to read, and we are settled in for the duration, and will get home when we get home!

Salem, Mass; and Concord, NH

We had a fun day exploring historic Salem, Mass. on Friday. It is about 70 miles south of us.
The area had a carnival atmosphere, with lots of wax museums, witch related museums and “horror” houses

We did not go to the Peabody Essex Museum, the oldest continual museum, dating back to 1799, because we were told we could easily spend all day there and wanted to see as much as possible! It has a diverse collection of objects from all over the world. in 1825, the East India Marine Society as it was called, moved into its own bulding, the East India Marine Hall which today has the original display cases and some of the very first objects collected. Hope to see it some day….on another visit to the area!

We attended a re-enactment of a witch pre-trial, complete with the arrest in the street,


the proceedings in the old town hall,


and the vote of the congregation…. us! The vote was 92-56 there was not enough evidence to hold her over for trial.

The accusers were represented by chairs with the names of the five young girls who accused many of the women accused of being witches.

In the local “burying point”, or grave yard, the judge that presided over the cases during the year 1692, John Hathorne, and many of his family, are buried there. It is the oldest cemetery in Salem


There is a memorial beside the grave yard to honor the 20 wrongfully hung between
June 10, 1692 and

September 22, 1692

A great great grandson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, added the “w” to his name to distance himself from the ancestor. He is the famous author of Scarlet Letter and House of the Seven Gables, owned by a cousin, which we toured.

At the house site, the home where he was born and lived for four years has been moved to the site as well, when his father died at sea.

The surrounding neighborhood had some great old homes



In the eighteenth century, about a fourth of the women became widows, since many ships did not return from sea. The Brookhouse was gifted to help women in 1861.

Views of the bay were beautiful….. peaceful now, not the bustling port it was back in the days when ships were coming and going constantly.


Mansions were built along the wharf

along with stores.


The counting house was right on the wharf, with a storehouse in back. This is the site where Hawthorne wrote Scarlet Letter.


Not only is this place the coffee house gathering place prior to the Revolutionary War, it is a popular local restaurant today.

This is where we had lobster ravioli for lunch…..to die for!!!! Last weekend we had lobster roll. This IS lobster country. And both of us were still at our lowest level, weight-wise this morning!

On Saturday, Paul wanted to catch up on some maintenance issues on the RV and to prepare for giving a devotion on Sunday morning, so we stayed home. There was a group of students here, and the camp was shorthanded, so I helped out for a few hours, and then on Sunday morning we both helped out with the breakfast. It really was fun working!

Sunday after church here at the camp, we went north to try out a restaurant one of the other MMAPers recommended, then “meandered” through the colorful roads of New Hampshire.


We stopped briefly at Canterbury Shaker Village



and visited the McAuliffe- Shepherd Discovery Center in Concord.


Once again, I wore Paul out!

MMAP, Maranatha Ministries, New Hampshire, Week 2


It is the end of our second week here, and a lot of sheetrock has been put up.
The guys were able to finish the sheet rocking in the Summit Center, after building scaffolding






And I have continued to paint doors!
One day we arrived at our meeting room and found onions and tile trowels….gifts from Chris, our host. The onions were sent to him from Amish friends in PA. While visiting, he had helped plant the onion seeds.

One day, Chris asked if we wanted to go apple picking. So a couple of us joined them
and filled 8 boxes!

Views from the orchard were fabulous.

Random shots taken on our trips around the area:
Oreo cows…… seriously, that is the type they are!

and moose warnings….

we thought we saw a real one, and when we turned on the road to get a picture realized it was a metal one!!

Again, we have had a great group to work with and have enjoyed meeting more MMAPers

Lucknow Castle in the Clouds, New Hampshire

Lucknow Castle in the Clouds was built in 1914.
Click on Lucknow to access the history of the castle. It felt really homey.
The gate house welcomed us to the property.

On the way to the top, we enjoyed the colors

and stopped to hike up to a 50-foot waterfall, named falls of song, considered to be Little Yosemite of the East,

We took a pathway to the top of the falls and Paul got close enough to take a picture from the top.

above the falls, we could see another smaller one.

This house was amazing, especially when you consider when it was built, in 1914! It had
“needle” showers in each of the bathrooms,

an central vacuum system along with an intercom system

player pipe organ, which could be heard down on the lake

interlocking rubber flooring in the kitchen,

green granite fireplace which took 3 years to mine the matching granite on the property itself,

gold marble granite fireplace,

over 20 painted “roundels”, or circle glass,

and a Tiffany skylight.

Views at the back of the house.


View of the side.

The front of the house was inviting


A former greenhouse had a heated walkway.

Views of Lake Winnepisaukee were fabulous!


This was the original stables/carriage house, now housing the welcome center and a restaurant. The tables are in the old stable.

Zeus is a 7-foot high Belgian Draft horse that lives on the property. He was amazingly TALL!!

As we exited, this was the gate house on the north side of the property.

Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Saturday we headed south to Portsmouth. We even saw more pumpkin people there!

The neighborhood was full of beautiful old New England homes.


Most of the day we spent at Strawberry Banke Museum, a great display of 40 buildings, 32 of which are on their original sites. Those moved to the site had been saved from demolition. It offered a great view of life back in the 1700’s.


The site included Daniel Webster’s house

and the Pit Tavern with the third floor Mason’s Hall.

Several homes had these fire buckets, which were filled with sand to help put out any fire.


Some of the homes were set up to demonstrate the way they looked prior to being remodeled.



A gundalow is being constructed in what was formerly known as Puddle Dock, a tidal inlet

The bay was just across the street,

where there was a park with beautiful garden

and a small cemetery, with burials dating back to the 1690’s.

A couple of miles away, we stopped to look at Fort Constitution. This fort was first erected in 1632 and was named Fort William and Mary On Dec. 13, 1774, Paul Revere rode from Boston with a message that the fort at Rhode island had been dismantled and troops were coming to take over Fort WIlliam and Mary. The following day, “Sons of Liberty”, 400 men from Portsmouth, Rye and new Castle, raided the fort and removed 98 barrels of gunpowder. By 1775 the Governor took refuge in the fort, hoping conflict would be avoided. After the fort was dismantled, the governor left, issuing a proclamaiton disconitnuing the assembly. This was the last act of royal authority in New Hampshire. In 1791, the state gave the land to the United States, which returned it in 1961.


About a mile further, Fort Stark The fortification was built in 1842, and stonework fort was built in 1873.


Both had fabulous views of the ocean!!


On the way back, we were stunned by a beautiful rainbow, the end of a beautiful day.

White Mountain National Forest, New Hampshire

Friday was our day off, so we decided to see the White Mountain area. Along the way we passed through lots of small New England towns.

North Conway is home to the Conway Scenic Railway. We were originally going to take a five-hour train ride, but decided it was going to cost more than we wanted to spend. We were glad we did not make reservations since it would have been on Friday, and it turned out to be raining and foggy, so visibility would have been limited.

Jackson, a little further northeast, was very beautiful, with a covered bridge

and wonderful waterfalls


Can you see Paul in the distance?

Jackson residents also had a sense of humor and displayed a lot of pumpkin people, set up at numerous business. We enjoyed looking for them!



Even the school had a display.

And they even included smurfs!

Traveling further north, we decided to take the Mt. Washington Auto Road , but when we got there, the road was closed due to the rain making a portion of the gravel road unsafe. On the way, it was a beautiful drive.





We found a short, beautiful hike to take…but it was not the Appalachian Trail. We just keep crossing it as we travel!


Paul decided to take the road less travelled, and we saw even more colorful landscape!




But pictures are not as beautiful as being here. Locals are telling us we need to come back, because color is not as bright because there was too much rain and lack of sun in September.
After returning to the main road, we came across the magnificent Mt. Washington Hotel Resort

a railroad track we would have gone over if we had taken the train ride.

and more waterfalls,
the Flume Cascade,

and Silver Cascade

Another covered bridge, that was made into a gift shop, and had a display of the pumpkin people,

The Saco River covered bridge

and the Swift River covered bridge were along Route 302,

as well as Chocorua Mountain, and Chocorua Lake


At one corner, Paul asked me if we turned the other way, where would it take us… I checked the map, and it would take us into Quebec….. too bad we didn’t have our passports with us! It would have been tempting….. we need to wait for another trip!

Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire

During the first weekend here, we were exploring the area close to the camp and we found Berry (my maiden name!) Road…..

We decided to follow the road, and came across a small cemetery.
We stopped for me to take pictures, and most of the names were Berry! Wonder if any are related?



Along the road, there were great views of the surrounding mountains

and the tree colors are beautiful!

We also took a drive up to Lake Winnipesaukee, located just a little north of here. At 70 square miles, it is the largest lake in New Hampshire. We drove along the west side, enjoying the lake views we were able to catch between homes and trees.




The colors are fantastic, and none of my pictures show the truly beautiful scenery.

MMAP, Maranatha Ministries, New Hampshire, Week 1

We arrived safe and sound at the project at Maranatha Ministries, in New Durham, New Hampshire.


After setting up, we found out there was a camp going on and there was to be an Open House/Fair on Monday, and help was needed! The ladies helped by peeling and cutting up apples for apple crisp, to be used for both activities. The fair on Monday brought out over 100 people, and included, among several other stations, cider making,

and a bounce house, which they assigned me!

Since I was at the bounce house all day I did not get to take any pictures of the other activities going on. Everyone was excited about the activities, and the weather could not have been more beautiful. Lunch of barbeque chicken, hotdogs, salads and desserts was provided for all of the guests.

Summit Center is being built in phases. The first phase was the director’s home, in the picture it is the back left.

They are now working on the main sanctuary of the center, which is the second part of phase II. One of the other ladies, Lois, and I painted doors and around windows, while the others had office and cleaning assignments.
Last month, MMAP started putting up the insulation and sheetrock. This month, the goal is to finish putting up the sheetrock


and complete the electrical wiring.


On Wednesday, our hosts, director and his wife, the Edmunds, invited us over for a potluck dinner and hymn sing. It was a great way to wind up the first week!



Ladies day out was in Rochester, having lunch at Cafe at Governor’s Inn, on Thursday,


and of course we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. It is amazing how simple shopping for food can be fun with the right mix of friends~

Old Sturbridge Village, MA; and Providence RI

In checking out the route from Pennsylvania to New Hampshire, there were very few RV campgrounds. But one area, Sturbridge, MA, had several. HAD being the word. Several I called had been severely damaged after a tornado in June hit the area, and were in the process of rebuilding. We wanted to be near there, one, because it was a little more than half way between Milton, PA and NH, and two, we wanted to visit Old Sturbridge Village.

Just behind the village, we saw evidence of the tornado everyone talked about. They did not lose any of their buildings, just a few trees.

The village was larger than we thought, and we spent all day there. It is very similar to Williamsburg in VA, but not as commercialized. There were several buildings, displays, and exhibits including

an original Grist Mill

historic Towne House

Organ recital at the Center Meetinghouse


Pottery shop,

with oven

Basket maker,

Tin maker,

and Carding Mill to make yarns.


Carriage rides were offered at the Bullard Tavern, where we ended up eating lunch (in a cafeteria downstairs)!

When we returned to the 21st century at the end of our tour of the village, we entered the Cheney Wells Clock Gallery, amazed at the variety and amount of clocks present.



The Fireplace Room was another exhibit that showed early examples of covers for the fireplace, when not in use. Here are just a couple of examples:



Before getting to the project in NH, we wanted to get Paul’s lab work done, so we went over to Southbridge, MA a bigger town with lab facilities. Could not resist taking this picture, taken in Southbridge.

On the way, we saw another sign for Providence, RI. We did not realize how close it was, so decided to go over there and have lunch. What a treat!
We had a tour of the State Capitol building



great paintings and carvings

and tapestries

Just walking down the historical street, we were able to see many of the original 1700’s buildings, including these old homes and town houses,


King Church, built 1722, now Cathedral of St. John,

the old State House,

and the First Baptist Church in America, established in 1638, building erected 1775


with the old collection plates still used today!

We found a cute little cafe to eat in, and although there was some graffiti, the ambience of the historical area we were in was relaxing, and pleasant.

After leaving Providence, on the way back to Sturbridge, I saw a sign for Purgatory Chasm. Curiosity is going to kill us one of these days….this was what we found!






It was a great hike!

We are now in New Durham, New Hampshire, vacation time over, and have started working at the project at Maranatha Ministries. That will be the next blog!

Bushkill Falls, PA and Hyde Park, NY

After we left the project in Chambersburg, we spent a couple of days in Milton, PA, which is near where the borders of Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey meet. We had hoped to visit Dingman’s Falls, but due to all of the rain and damage, they were closed for the season. But another, privately owned, Bushkill Falls in the area was opened, and we were able to view them.





It felt great to get out and walk, enjoying the scenery!

Since we had an extra day, and were only about an hour and a half from Hyde Park, New York, we headed there the next day. The homes of F. D. & Eleanor Roosevelt, as well as the Frederick Vanderbilts are located there. In order to see what we did, we chose not to see Franklin Roosevelt Library.

This beautiful mosaic of the area is on the floor of the visitor center

The Roosevelt home, built in 1800, was purchased by his father in 1867. He added two rooms, enlarged the servants’ wing and built a carriage house.

which had beautiful gates!


The home was clapboard, and the picture we saw, it looked like a big, typical farm house; quite different after the remodel!

It was Franklin’s birthplace, and after he married, he and Eleanor continued to live there with his widowed mother.

After his father died, Franklin and his mother Sara added a tower, fieldstone wings, replaced the clapboard exterior with stucco, raised the roof to create a flat roofed third story, and replaced most of the porch with a large fieldstone terrace with balustrade and a small columned portico. It made it look palatial. Of course, no pictures allowed inside.

The long driveway to the house afforded him goals to walk with as little help as possible while building muscles to be self sufficient after polio.

He also placed two cannons at his front door…. in case any republicans came by!

The home was undergoing some renovations, so we were unable to see the upstairs, but were able to see the kitchen, which is normally not shown.

Both Franklin and Eleanor are buried in the garden, along with two of their dogs (you can see the darker green in the picture, on the left).

Franklin purchased additional land and added to the original property his father had purchased.
Eleanor began to acquire political associates of her own, through the Democratic Committee. Two, Marian and Nancy, became close friends. Roosevelt suggested the three of them build a cottage nearby where they met to enjoy a picnic spot by a stream on their property. They could enjoy the place year-round, since his mother closed the house for the season and they would not be able to meet then. They had a life-time use of the property. The fieldstone house was called Val-Kill, which is dutch for pond or stream in the valley. It was a place she could meet friends without soliciting her mother-in-law’s permission.

The women constructed a second, larger building on the site to house Val-Kill Industries. The women, along with a fourth woman, Caroline, believed that if farm-workers learned manufacturing skills in addition to agriculture, they would have a source of income when farming was unprofitable. For 10 years, local men and women turned out replicas of Early American furniture, pewter pieces and weavings. They were of high quality, but, like many other businesses, it folded during the Great Depression. Instead of closing down the building Eleanor converted it into two apartments for herself and her secretary, with several guest rooms.
This, believe it or not, is the front entrance to the home she welcomed many heads of state! She preferred the simple life.


She felt more comfortable there than in the imposing mansion. Franklin left the “big house” to the US Government in his will. Although the family had a lifetime estate on the big house, it was turned over a year after his death, per his will. Eleanor preferred Val-Kill, where she devoted time to her large family and created a fun place for all of the children, with playhouse and pool.

After touring Val-Kill, we hiked up hill about a mile, to Roosevelt’s retreat, where he would spend time alone. A tour there was just ending, so we were able to see it, and hitch a ride on the shuttle bus, back to the jeep!

We also toured the Frederick Vanderbilt Mansion….

a little more grand than the Roosevelt home.

And better views of the Hudson River.

The visitor center was the cottage built for $50,000 in the 1890’s, for them to live in while the main house was being built in 1898, and in itself, would have been a great home!

Inside the mansion, a huge, octagon shaped entry reception room, open to the second story is the centerpiece of the house, I think. But of course, no picture allowed. Original furnishings and antiques are still present. European craftsmen were hired and brought over here for woodcarving, plastering and painting.

The formal garden was on several levels,

and included a gardener’s cottage

and a greenhouse, the back wall of which still stands.

The local garden club has refurbished the gardens to be the same as when the Vanderbilt’s resided there,

complete with heart shaped flower beds.

Cornelius Vanderbilt, the first generation of wealth from the railroad, was Frederick’s grandfather. Frederick’s father, William, being the oldest son, inherited most of the $100 million dollar estate wealth.

Frederick married Louise, 12 years his senior and recently divorced from one of his cousins. They married against the wishes of his parents, thus for a while, was disinherited. But a sister got him reinstated in the will and he inherited $10 million (a very small portion of the $200 million estate!) They lived a private life, and he was able to increase the inheritance to $70 million by the time he died. Frederick’s generation would elevate spending money; and all but Frederick, would dissipate most of their money. Most of his money was left to various staff members, with Louise’s niece inheriting the estate, which she left to the federal government in 1940. None of his money went to Vanderbilts.

As we went through town we saw the Culinary Institute. Reservations for meals are required, so we did not even try to eat there…. maybe next time!

We could see how the area would attract the very wealthy, getting away from New York City in the spring and fall.