Sunday, September 17, 2017

Original Mast General Store in Valle Crucis, NC


The first rooms of the Mast General Store were built and opened as The Taylor General Store by Henry Taylor in 1883. Henry had run a smaller store across the road for many years and had the need to expand his offerings. It wasn't long before he had to expand his new store. You can see where he built on to what is now called “The Middle Room” by observing the floor during your next visit.

In 1897, he sold half interest in the store to W. W. (William Wellington) Mast, a member of another pioneer family. The store was known as the Taylor and Mast General Store up until 1913, when the remaining half of the enterprise was purchased by W. W. From then on, the sign over the door has always had Mast in the name.

For the next 60 years, the store was owned and operated by the Mast Family. During that time, W. W. and his family tried to carry everything their neighbors needed...from plow points to cloth and cradles to caskets, which led to the popular saying, “If you can't buy it here, you don't need it"

The Mast General Store is always one of our stops when we are staying in Sugar Mountain, NC. This place is filled with many memories and treasures of a time gone by.

Still has a working post office...



Annex is located just down the road with more "stuff". If you can't find it at the Mast General Store you don't need it!
One thousand acres of Valle Crucis was purchased in 1780 for the sum of a rifle, a dog, and a sheepskin. The Mast Store Annex stands on a parcel of that land



The "penny candy room"...sold by the pound!

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Solar Eclipse at Sugar Mountain, NC 8/21/2017

Monday was an exciting day here at Sugar Top with our location being at a 98% viewing location for the Solar Eclipse.

Clouds moved in just before the big show began, but Ted was able to get several good shots as the Sun and Moon peeked in and out of the cloud cover.





Image as projected through binoculars on to white paper towel...


These last few photos are of images captured by one of our neighbors on her  I phone camera.


Visit to Marion, VA and Hungary Mother State Park


Camped for two nights in early August at Hungary Mother State Park near Marion, VA.

You can see our Jetta just to the left of the campground office. The sight we had was a full hookup, but at $40+(not a VA resident amount) a night was expensive site for what you got.

Had lunch in Marion with friends, Cindy, Linda, Jan, Ed and Bob(left around the table) at the Wooden Pickle.


Around Gettysburg and Eisenhower Farm

A few wrap up photos of Gettysburg National Military Park and the Eisenhower Farm Tour...







Saturday, August 12, 2017

Eisenhower National Historic Site

One of the things on our to see list has been the Eisenhower Farm in Gettysburg. We had visited Eisenhower's early childhood home and burial site in Abilene, KS several years ago, so since we were in the area this was the time to do it. 

Picture of the original farm house before the Eisenhower $200 K remodel.  The house and land was purchased by the Eisenhower's for around $40,000.


Got in on a very interesting talk by Ranger Rick on Eisenhower and D Day. 
 On June 6, 1944, the Allies invade Western Europe in the largest amphibious attack in history. During World War II (1939-1945), the Battle of Normandy, which lasted from June 1944 to August 1944, resulted in the Allied liberation of Western Europe from Nazi Germany’s control.


Ike's putting green...


The porch, where the Eisenhowers did most of their living..

Dwight David "Ike" Eisenhower was an American politician and Army general who served as the 34th President of the United States from 1953 until 1961.


Why Mamie liked pink...
Mamie Doud Eisenhower was First Lady to President Dwight D. Eisenhower from 1953-1961. But before that, she was wife to Ike the General, and they moved from base to base constantly.Whenever Mamie and Ike moved to a new posting, Mamie carried her favorite color samples with her so that she could efficiently set up a new yet familiar household. With no fuss and little muss, Mamie had her home sweet home – over and over again. Throughout all their military moves, she would carry a stick of wood with her favorite colors – green, pink and a creamy color – and use them again and again in her military housing. She could get rooms painted, roll out her rugs, and instantly call it home.








Gettysburg National Military Park

During our stay in PA we made a day trip to the National Military Park in Gettysburg.

Traveling to Gettysburg we passed fields and fields of apples. One of our friends told us that this area produces a lot of the apples for Motts the apple and pear people



Right outside the museum Abe Lincoln is there to greet us....