Carter’s Grove–More Changes

In 1976 evidence of a small settlement wiped out in the 1622 Massacre was discovered on the front lawn near the river. This settlement conflicted with Colonial Williamsburg’s emphasis on the 18th century, but they tried to accomodate with a partial reconstruction of the settlement’s fort (see first picture below). At the same time they reconstructed slave quarters from the 18th century and added an underground archaeology museum. The purpose was to showcase 400 years of occupation of the site, but it all  closed in 2003. Also that year, Carters Grove played the role of a South Carolina cotton plantation and military hospital in the movie Cold Mountain (second picture; click to enlarge).


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Carter’s Grove–The Future

In 2007  Carter’s Grove was sold, but the buyer defaulted and the home again suffered from neglect. Major repairs were done in 2014, and the property sold later that year to promising new owners.


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Garden of the Gods–Balanced Rock

Garden of the Gods is a public park in Colorado Springs. It was private property until 1909 when the land was donated to the city. At 1,367 acres it is four times the size of Central Park and took a lot longer t0 build-300,000,000 years to be exact. Balanced Rock is the most frequently photographed formation in the park. It weighs 700 tons but is cemented in place following many attempts to topple it. While still private property, there was a photo concession, which also supplied burros. The burro on the left in the 1910 picture seems to be the same as the one in the second, undated photo. Click to enlarge.


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Balanced Rock and Steamboat Rock

Also while Garden of the Gods was privately owned,  Steamboart Rock had an observatory which, of course, charged a fee to enter. Both concessions were removed as were many buildings when the land became a public park. The first photo is dated 1910 and the second is undated. ca1910withobserBalStUndadteBalSteamNow

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Cathedral Spires

Cathedral Spires is another frequently photographed formation. The first photo is dated 1885 and the second shows an Easter serivce in the 1930’s.


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Bow Bridge

Bow Bridge was built in 1862 and is the second oldest cast iron bridge in America. The photo is dated ca. 1865. The cast iron urns disappeared in the 1920s but have recently been replaced with exact replicas.


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Two of the more prominent sculptures in Central Park are those of Daniel Webster and Shakespeare. Webster’s was dedicated in 1876 and is seen here in a 1905 photo. Shakespeare’s was dedicated in 1872 and is seen in a 1934 photo.



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Belvidere Castle

Belvidere Castle was designed in 1865 and was quickly dubbed the “Victorian Folly.”  Great to look at, it actually had no  purpose until 1919 when it started to collect weather data and continues to do so to this day. The photo is dated 1906.



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Central Park Mall

Central Park in New York City opened in 1857 when America had only 31 states. Major construction began 4 years before the Civil War started and continued through the war with final completion being in 1873. Twenty-five million people a year visit Central Park. It is one of the most filmed locations in the world. The Park has 15 bridges, 21 arches, 7 ornamental fountains, and 9,000 benches.

Known as the “grand prominade” the Mall is a 1/4 mile pedestrian walkway through the middle of Central Park. It was one of the first areas built and is the only intentionally straight line in the Park.The first two photos are dated ca. 1900 and 1894 respectively.


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Mall Terrace

The Mall ends at the Terrace, which was built between the years 1859 and 1864 and was the first completed structure. Along with the Bethesda Fountain nearby, the area is considered to be the heart of Central Park. The first photo is dated 1862 and shows the Terrace under construction. BethTerr1862UnderCon BethTerrNow

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