checking the sky
The link that is above is the live weather camera at St. Mary School (309 East Chestnut Street) in Lancaster.
it will give you a good idea of what the current weather conditions are in the area.
An Overview of Lancaster
Lancaster,Ohio, is historic, beautiful, and cultural. It has what most visitors enjoy, at least visitors such as Jill and I!
The First Photograph is actually a mural painted on the visitor center/glass museum building on West Main Street. It a young William Tacumseh Sherman in a "Napoleon" pose. I am sure that Southerners hate this mural. If you look closely, you see that in the stone of the building along the mural is "GEN. WM. T. SHERMAN".
The Second Photograph is the Sherman House. William Tecumseh Sherman was born in this house on Main Street in 1820, and lived here until 1829. Today, Sherman House is a State Memorial that is administered by The Ohio Historical Society. The Third Photograph is a closeup of the John Bright Covered Bridge that was built in 1881. The bridge is now located on the Ohio Universtiy Lancaster campus over Fetters Run. It was moved here in 1988
The Fourth Photograph pictures the beautiful Fountain in Zane Park located at Broad and Main Streets. The park itself was named to honor Col. Ebenezer Zane who founded Lancaster. I think that it is wonderful to have a quiet, natural spot in the middle of the city.
These photographs certainly clarily the beauty, history, and culture of Lancaster, Ohio.
Glass Factories Presently in Lancaster
From the Glass Museum, we learned that the following Glass Companies are still located in Lancaster, Ohio:
Anchor Hocking Glass Company
Lancaster Glass Corporation
Since Lancaster Glass Corporation is the one we saw, I'll talk about it.
It was first called Lancaster Lens Company, and they specialized in automotive parts (high-grade mirror lenses for auto lamps (1910). About five years later the Ohio Shoe Company building was rebuilt and and third story was added to it. By 1916, this glass company had completed the first glass furnaces, and Lancaster Glass started manufacturing its own glass. Of historical significance is the fact that by 1919, the company had received a government contract to construct thirty 60-inch diameter reflectors to used in battleships and anti-aircraft search light in WWI.
I think that it is so remarkable that in 1934, Lancaster Glass Company "produced 25" hand-blown glass reflector to be placed in the torch of the Statue of Liberty for its 50th anniversary".
By 1948, Lancaster Glass used automatic machine production of glass and produced "cathode ray tubes for Zenith, RCA, and Admiral & military applications".
By 1962, Lancaster Glass was one of 5 companies that merged to form Lancaster Colony Corporation.
In 1982, they acquired my favorite glass, Fostoria, and Fostoria glassware was produced in Lancaster.
Today, Lancaster Glass does glass for "design, form, optics, resolution, reflection, clarity, magnification, & strength."
Glass has been a way of life in Lancaster for almost 100 years!
Golf Valley Golf Course
Wide open fairways, young-growth trees, 5500 yards to 5900 yards, $30 (cart and 18holes).
The greens are bent grass and fairly well maintained. The fairways are rye and not well kept up during the week (maybe better on the weekends) and the rough is thick. Water hazard on two holes but not significant; cart paths do cut across fairways so can be a free-ball hazard. Small bunkers near the green and the greens are mounded.
Dress code is collared shirt and no sandals; shorts or long pants, no cutoffs.
All in all, this is a fairly good course for non-expert golfers (like me).
The course is fairly hilly with elevated tees and greens; some nice panoramic views on the hills.
This is a semi-private club so call ahead for tee times.
Fairfield County Covered Bridges
Fairfield County has almost 20 covered bridges still standing, which remind us of the way life used to be. In the 1950s, there were at least 45 covered bridges in Fairfield County, but after that, many of the bridges collapsed or, unfortunately, were replaced when they were vandalized or became to unsafe to use.
Legend tells us that "covered bridges were built to resemble barns so that horses would not be afraid to walk across water." The truth is that the bridges were covered "to protect the truss timbers from rotting out."
The bridge that Jill and I chose to see is called the John Bright Bridge; it is considered an excellent example of covered bridge preservation. Originally, it span the Poplar Creek on Bish Road. Today (where we viewed it), it sits over Fetters Run at Ohio University Lancaster.
We were told that only 1 of the 20 Fairfield County's covered bridges is presently open to traffic; that bridge is The Rock Mill Bridge (1901) over the Hocking River at Rock Mill and Lithopolis Roads. It has the added feather of the scenic gorge that it sits over and a nearby grist mill (1824).
Most of the still-standing bridges have been moved to private and public properties. But, you are able to visit bridges at Run Park, Johnson Covered Bridge Park, and Lockville Park.