[Retro Roadmap] The Round Barn in Biglerville, Pennsylvania

Posted on: November 13th, 2014 by Beth Lennon

 

A local landmark, the Round Barn has been attracting interest for over 100 years.
A local landmark, the Round Barn has been attracting interest for over 100 years.

Spotting an antique barn while winding along back roads of rural Adams County Pennsylvania is a common occurrence. But take a short detour off of the Lincoln Highway just west of historic Gettysburg, and you will see a unique sight: a two-story, completely circular barn.... Read More →

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Beth Lennon

Beth Lennon is the creator of the website RetroRoadmap.com. As "Mod Betty," she delights as the retro travel "hostess with the mostess," scouting out cool vintage places and sharing them with the world.

 

Written by Kristi Eaton

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This photo shows the Rio Siesta Motel sign along Route 66 in Oklahoma in 1983.

Billboards, the ubiquitous advertising tool that sells everything from toothpaste to cars to dental service, have changed a lot over the years.

Now, a group of sign-makers, community activists, and Route 66 enthusiasts are coming together in Oklahoma to try to preserve and restore historical billboards, murals, and other signs from across the country with the eventual goal to open up a museum dedicated purely to this American tradition. The group envisions the Billboard Museum as an educational museum immersing visitors in the history and how-to of sign making at a yet-to-be determined location along Route 66 in the Oklahoma City metro area.... Read More →

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Honoring Veterans in Our Historic Preservation Work

Posted on: November 11th, 2014 by National Trust for Historic Preservation 1 Comment

 

Written by Tim Mikulski, Manager of Public Affairs

Old Main is the only original Soldiers Home building in the country designed to combine multiple basic veteran care functions under one roof.
Old Main is the only original Soldiers Home building in the country designed to combine multiple basic veteran care functions under one roof.

In honor of those who have served in the armed forces, we wanted to highlight and update some of the work that the National Trust has been doing to preserve and protect sites that are significant to veterans.

We are currently working to prevent the closure of Battle Mountain Sanitarium in South Dakota, protecting Hawaii’s Waikiki Natatorium War Memorial from demolition, and finding ways to restore and reuse many buildings at the Milwaukee Soldiers Home campus in Wisconsin. Our staff also worked with the American Legion to pass a resolution in support of stewarding U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) historic properties.

In addition to our National Treasures work, our first all-veteran HOPE (Hands-On Preservation Experience) Crew began working to restore cemetery headstones at Little Bighorn Battlefield in Montana.

So what better time than Veterans Day to share where we stand on these important projects? Here goes:... Read More →

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Historic Cemeteries (As Seen on Instagram)

Posted on: November 10th, 2014 by Grant Stevens

 

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This might seem a little odd, but old and historic cemeteries are actually one of my favorite places to visit. Whether they are tiny little pioneer cemeteries like the one I grew up near, or big, world-renowned cemeteries like Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, cemeteries have always been a destination. I find them to be calming, often beautifully designed places that provide an interesting way to look at the history of the place and how it has evolved. Below, I’ve rounded up a few of my favorites from Instagram. Enjoy! ... Read More →

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Grant Stevens

Grant is the Manager of Community Outreach at the National Trust. He's proud to be from a Main Street Community and the Black Dirt Capitol of the World – Conrad, Iowa! Growing up on a farm, he always loved going to town and looking at the historic buildings. Now a resident of DC, Grant enjoys reading, running, and anything rural.

Historic Real Estate: Waterfront Edition

Posted on: November 7th, 2014 by Geoff Montes

 

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The 20,000-square-foot gated estate spans more than six acres and boasts 545 feet of lakefront access.

Wikiosco Lake George, New York

This ultra-luxurious estate on the shore of Lake George in the Southern Adirondacks was designed by renowned New York architects Ludlow and Peabody in 1895. The 20,000-square-foot Tudor Revival main house offers seven bedrooms, twelve bathrooms, and seven fireplaces across three floors. The gated estate also spans more than six acres and boasts 545 feet of lake-frontage, a dock with four slips, and two boathouses. Original carved oak doors and beams, as well as crown moldings and wainscoting, remain. The property also comes equipped with an elevator,  12-bay garage, 4,000+ bottle wine cellar, tennis court, exercise room, sauna, two-bedroom guest cottage, and 20-yard heated pool overlooking Lake George. Price: $12,900,000... Read More →

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Geoff Montes

Geoff Montes is an Editorial Intern at the National Trust. He enjoys Art Deco architecture, any activity that can be done at the beach, and cotton candy.