Saturday, January 30, 2010

A Short Mid-Winter Thaw

We had a very short mid-winter thaw in the Annapolis Royal region earlier this week. After a dreary gray day filled with rain showers, we awoke to a pleasant, sunny, and mild day. It was almost enough to make you think that spring was on its way. I even found myself, in a fit of hopefulness, peeking into gardens to see if any brave plants were starting to send up green shoots. Well, I can report that there were no plants peeking up and that, as usual, the weather has now decided to take a change toward the more seasonal. If you take a look at the last image in this post you will see that the ground has returned to its normal winter appearance. Believe it or not, this final image is the road to my house.

On our sunny and mild day I happened to be doing some work at our North Hills Museum site in Granville Ferry. North Hills Museum (which has also been called the Amberman House and the Patterson House) is just a naturally pretty site. While there is some debate about the construction date of the house, it was built in the second half of the eighteenth century in the Neo-Classical Style. I say that there is some debate because an unclear deed trail shows that the house may have been built as early as 1764 or as late as 1787. Properly, this house would be referred to as a New England saltbox. One of the distinguishing features of this style is the roof line of the house. If you look at the house from a side view, you can see that the back of the house extends beyond the line of the front of the house. This is a key element in a saltbox.

Since the day was rather cheerful air I decide to take a few extra minutes at the site and get some pictures. These images just reinforce my belief that North Hills Museum is a stunning property inside and out.

All for now,

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