Monday, July 11, 2011

Carillon Park - Part II

Presenting Part II of our visit to Carillon Historical Park in Dayton, Ohio. My family celebrated my sister's and my birthday there over the weekend.

You enter the park through the modern main building. Then you stroll along a series of historic buildings. The first one you come to is an old one-room schoolhouse.

Going into the old schoolhouse:

Inside the old schoolhouse: there is a pot-bellied stove, an organ, a military map showing the country as it looked during that time, with the Indian territories.

The old-fashioned desks with McGuffey Readers. McGuffey Readers were written by William McGuffey when he was a professor at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. I went to Miami, as did my grandfather, two great aunts, an uncle, and my sister. On the campus there is a McGuffey Hall and a McGuffey Museum.

A very up-to-date Molly trying out the old desk and writing slate:

Another sister of mine brought her little grandson to this exhibit. When he saw the desk with the holes for the inkwells, he said: "oh, that hole must be where the computer cord went"!

Along the path, you come to a series of homes, starting with the most rustic and getting a bit more fancy as you go. First, Newcom Tavern, built in 1796, the oldest surviving building in Dayton:

The William Morris House, built in 1815 of locally quarried limestone:

This doesn't look like a home, but it was built to be a home:

This is a replica of the Deeds Barn. Colonel Edward A. Deeds and Charles Kettering worked here with a group of engineers and inventors. They became known as the "Barn Gang". They invented the electric starter ignition for the automobile.

That's enough for today! It takes Blogger forever to upload these photos... Tomorrow I will write about the founding of the National Cash Register Company in Dayton, Ohio (where my father worked for forty years, in Research and Development).


Pam said...

Belated Happy Birthday wishes to you Judy! Great to see these historical sites of your country's history. Very interesting!

judy in ky said...

Thank you, Pam. I hope you are keeping warm.