Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The Grange

The forty year reserved estate lease
for the rights of The Grange tract
expired today.

The Georgian styled house rests nestled in oaks and magnolias between Dungeness and the Carriage House. Right outside the recessed main entrance is a view of the former Pool House.
I'm sure that it was heartache for the families watching that structure deteriorate.

In Mary Bullard's book, Cumberland Island: A History, she states "construction on the Grange, the last large house built on the Dungeness Estate, began in 1902 and was completed by the end of 1903, by which time a total of $25,483 had been spent on the house."

Shaded by the trees, 
the side of The Grange is the best view one can get
 walking down Magnolia Avenue.

Roughly 60'x57', the stuccoed finish residence is now in the hands of the park service.

Below is a link to a recent article in the Tribune and Georgian newspaper located in St. Marys.

Monday, December 6, 2010

The Stable and Carriage House at Dungeness

An old postcard of the building from
the Florida Collection Postcard Page
located on the Jacksonville Public Library's web site.

Click the link below
check out other postcards
on Cumberland Island...............

An avenue edged in magnolia trees, leads from Dungeness and The Grange to the Carriage House.  In the distance on a cloudy and showery day, the stable's front face is slightly visible from the two house's approach.

Presumably, the date of the erection is around 1900.

The plan of the 1&1/2 story Carriage House is in a H pattern.  The wooden frame structure is clad in a
smooth stucco finish applied on wire mesh.

The combination of stables, upstairs quarters for the stable hands, carriage house, and a garage articulates the unified functional design under one common roof.

The horse stalls are located in the right wing of the building which is approximately 144 feet in length. 
The left wing, approximately 126 feet in length, was used for the housing of the estate carriages,
eventually, a garage for the automobiles.

The link below,
an article on a Carnegie Carriage.

As the dominant structural element of the building,
the roof's design is viewed with one of varied horizontal roof lines and angled planes that make a distinction in their projections and recesses.
 The wood shingled roof has twenty hipped dormers that
break up the roof lines and the height of the walls.


The long facades of the wings are articulated through the repetitive use of fenestration.

The Stable and Carriage House is actually the second stable building built by Lucy Carnegie for the Dungeness Estate. 
The present structure is located southeast of the original
stable house, on or near the site of a former building
used for the dog kennels.

Currently, the Park Service uses the structure as a
maintenance facility.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Happy 77th Birthday Daddy!

Daddy,   Jimbo,   Me,   Robin,   &   Mama

Never really noticed until today.....
Mama's father had no hair.....
Daddy's father had plenty of hair.....
Wonder what side it came from?

Thanksgiving Day - 2010

I have an extraordinary and wonderful family!
It has been a long and very trying year for us in many ways!!!
Enough Said........
Love you all!!!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Does it taste like chicken?

A Melody from
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Lewis Carroll

Turtle Soup

Beautiful Soup, so rich and green,
Waiting in a hot tureen!
Who for such dainties would not stoop?
Soup of the evening, beautiful Soup!
Soup of the evening, beaufiful Soup!
Beau--ootiful Soo--oop!
Beau--ootiful Soo--oop!
Soo--oop of the e--e--evening,
Beautiful, beautiful Soup!

Beautiful Soup! Who cares for fish,
Game, or any other dish?
Who would not give all else for two
Pennyworth only of beautiful Soup?
Pennyworth only of beautiful Soup?
Beau--ootiful Soo--oop!
Beau--ootiful Soo--oop!
Soo--oop of the e--e--evening,
Beautiful, beauti—FUL--SOUP!

Atlanta Georgian - July 11, 1906 - page 3
Hotel Aragon - Atlanta, GA

  The Cumberland Island Hotel
“A Reader's Digest Version”

Most of the coastal resorts developed in the United States were located primarily in the northern states in the early to mid 1800's. While "sea bathing" was a popular event, it was not until after the end of the Civil War, that the southern states started to establish many of their own “sea bathing” resorts.

Up until then, if anyone were to be traveling in the remote areas of the south, it was not going to be a pleasant adventure. But with the advancement of the railroad lines and the development of the steam engine, it was possible for steamboats to allow travelors to have easier access the remote areas along southern coast.

Since the early 1800's, settlements of small farms were located at the northern end of the Cumberland Island.  Around 1870, it was in a few of these simple farm houses that "inns" first appeared, Oriental House and Seaside House. 

With the continued development of the property at Seaside House, the resort period started to unfold by 1879 and 1880 with the addition of six new cottages.  Development and improvements to the property at Seaside House "Cumberland Island Hotel" continued into the 20th Century.

The enticement and appeal for the public to this resort: oyster bakes, seafood, boating facilities such as a naphtha launch and a fleet of row boats, beach promenades, surf bathing, a bowling alley, livery stable for tackies and trap excursions to the Dungeness estate, orchestra concerts, a pavilion for dancing, fishing, hunting for deer and alligators, bird shooting, target shooting, bicycles, and a mineral artesian well famous for cures in cases of dyspepsia and indigestion.

Then there was the allurement of

Atlanta Georgian and News - June 25, 1908 - page 2

Full moon
torch lit nights....

Telegraph and Messenger - June 4, 1872

Search for the scratchy tracks "crawls" leading up from ocean.

Macon Telegraph - June 24, 1897 - page 3

 What can one do when they catch a turtle? 

Macon Telegraph and Messenger - June 3, 1877 - page 4
Henry's was a “family groceries” located in Macon, GA.

Columbus Enquirer - June 23, 1886 - page 3

Columbus Enquirer - July 12, 1888 - page 3

Fact: A leatherback turtle on display in England at the National Museum of Cardiff was approximately 100 years old when it died. The turtle measured almost nine feet in length and weighed 2,016 pounds.

Macon Telegraph - Jul. 5, 1896 - page 3
When you catch the unwieldy animal, you'll need help flipping her on it's back.
Approach from the front,
the flippers might trowel into the sand
bring a load of the sand into your eyes.
Better yet,
ride her back to sea!

Atlanta Georgian and News - June 24, 1908 - page 2

 a former but strange
live-stock industry!!!

LIFE Magazine
 March 10, 1947

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Outside The House That Thomas and Lucy Built

Below are intriguing glimpses of photo details that I have taken of Dungeness. The ruined mansion sits silently awaiting for visitors to the picturesque island of Cumberland.  The concrete and granite veneer brick walls spike upwards towards the sky revealing a few reminders of it's architectural existence.
Few visitors will realize the incredible identity that the mansion has with her superb original details that are left intact. Their glances may be one of: remnants of a once grandeur of lost time.
Me, I'm a visual person. My glance is one of: I see the evidence of the grandeur that once was and I search for the details trying to visualize what it once had looked liked.

Below, a mansion hopeful to be not
forgotten amid her heavily wooded preserve.

This is what I see!

Segmental, Anse De Panier, and Stilted Arches

 Voussoirs, Soffits, Extrados,
 Springers, and Impost

Stone Moulding - Throated
Water Drips Underneath

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Front Row Seat

Sorry for the delay.
I guess it is time for me to get back to the blog.

It is
kinda funny,
in an odd way,

that on the east side of Sea Camp Dock,
the view is close to total wilderness.

On the west side of the dock, it could be one of
total destruction.

 Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base

The last weekend of August, my friend Beth and I were on the island for 3 days documenting a few structures on the Dungeness Estate.  The first day, Saturday afternoon, we spent our time relaxing and enjoying the beach.

Later that afternoon, we started the hike back to the dock at Sea Camp to board the ferry back to the Riverview Hotel in St. Marys.

Lesson #1
Never give your camera to anyone,
no matter how bad you need to splash your face in a water faucet.

Lesson #2
If the person carrying your camera
 is 45 yards ahead of you and boarding the ferry at the dock, 
they are not going to make out or comprehend
what you are yelling to them over the noise from the engines of the ferry.

As I got closer to Sea Camp, I raise my head from the sandy path

looking towards the ferry at the dock. Lo and behold, looking westward past the ferry, a submarine was passing from Kings Bay through the channel heading out to a voyage of the unknown depths of the Atlantic Ocean. Two large escort ships and a couple of small boats with machine guns were following the sub as it headed out to sea. 
Beth, not understanding my yelling as I ran toward the dock with nine other people, turned in amazement.
I ran aboard the ferry, grabbed my camera, turned around zooming towards the submarine, and started clicking away at the sail and foreplane peering out of the dark water. 
What A Scene

Moving at an extremely fast sped, I could only get a few shots off with the camera before the submarine and flotilla were rounding the point at Raccoon Keys and Beach Creek.  It makes one wonder exactly how fast the submarines move inland. Those of you who are familiar with the island can see how fast this deadly creature was moving.

Gunfire Erupts!

 Check the link below.

I feel sorry for visitors arriving today to Cumberland Island by the ferry from St. Marys.