Sparkling Star

The Star Barn in panorama.

The Star Barn in panorama.

Waving goodbye to Mom, Leslie, and Heather yesterday, we made a quick last visit to our favorite barn near Highspire, PA.  The sun shown gloriously in the sky; it brought this stately barn to life for us once again.

Dave and I are thrilled an organization stepped forward a few years back to save this barn and to get it recognized as a National Historic Landmark.  Other beautiful old buildings we love in this area are not faring nearly as well.  It’s likely a number of them will be demolished for strip-mall “development” before we return.

Outbuildings beside the Star Barn.

Outbuildings beside the Star Barn.

Dashing from Mennonite to Amish Country

The Christmas trek Dave and I make each year includes Harrisonburg (VA), Middletown (PA), and Salisbury (MD).  The drive from our home in the flatlands of Portsmouth (VA) to the mountains of Virginia something I anticipate with enthusiasm.  We usually experience snowflakes at points during our trip and we often get to see horses drawing Mennonite and Amish carriages along the way.  My aunt Kitty Lee lives in Mennonite country and my mom lives in Amish country.