As much as I am a beach bum, I do think snow is beautiful. I love the way that it looks when it falls and creates this blanket on everything. If only it could stay that way and then maybe I would love it forever. All right whom am I kidding; snow in my mind is good for all of a day, ok maybe a week, and usually that is only during Christmas time.
|artwork from Vermont-postcard|
|Source: Examiner.com- Stowe, Vermont|
In Northern Vermont, there is a place called the Kingdom, it is made up of a few small times, one of which is Jericho. This happens to be the home of a Vermonter named
Snowflake Bentley, his given name is Wilson Bentley but his love of snowflakes is what made him famous. Wilson was born in 1865 and died in 1926.
|Sign on the front of the Old Mill|
|National Historic Site|
What made him so special, well believe it or not his love and desire to learn about snowflakes, Snowflake Bentley is credited with discovering that no two snow flakes are alike, that all snowflakes are begin as tiny water droplets that you cannot see that form into a six branched flake. Now, think about when he was alive, that’s right 1865 to 1926.
|Portrait of Snowflake Bentley|
Snowflake Bentley studied snowflakes with his microscope and then eventually a camera. The book about his life is really a must read (that’s why it was included in my Vermont Box for my nephew). Snowflake Bentley studied and photographed thousands of snowflakes. You can see some of his original works at the Snowflake Bentley museum in Jericho Vermont. Ironically, Wilson “Snowflake “ Bentley died a few short weeks after being in a snowstorm.
|his camera and tools|
|some of his original snowflake pictures|
The museum exhibit is housed in two small rooms in the Old Mill, which has its own history. The museum includes a display of the microscope that was used to study snowflakes, the try that was used to collect snowflake samples and more. The exhibit is very small but interesting.
|The Old Mill|
|roller mill explanation|
|The rollers that are not used for different things!|
Personally, I wouldn’t make the trip to see the museum as it is very small and we explored the entire Mill in an hour but being in the area, I would highly recommend stopping by.
The old Mill in Jericho is an incredible building; I love the way it looks from afar. The mill or Chittenden Mill was names after the First Governor of Vermont. The mill was making the transition to a more modern process in 1885. It still makes me smile when I think of “Modern in 1885”. The more modern approach of a gradual reduction roller process replaced the old grinding with millstones method.
|Old Mill from the bridge|
The Brown River with the use of four turbines and belt driven roller mills this processed the flour that was brought in from the mid-west for the Northern Vermonters powered the mill. In 1859, the millers’ house was built. Where the footbridge is now, used to be a covered bridge.
I have to say that I find history more and more appealing as I get older, its nice to see how things changed to get where we are today.
Some of our treasures from our adventures in Jericho!
|postcards and snowflake charms|
|snowflake Bentley sign|
Have you had your snowflakes yet?