On my way west I stopped to shoot a few scenes.
Not really evident in my photos but the light was amazing. Why is the light different this time of the year and why does it matter?
The sun is lower in the sky and so the shadows are longer and darker even in the middle of the day creating a very dramatic affect.
I have been to Winston Salem many times and always like to stop on Trade Street to check out the galleries. One of my favorites is The Other Half Gallery, owned by potter Ron Propst and his wife Tamara.
I was going to go to Old Salem to take a few photos but Tamara suggested I go to Bethabara, I’d never been. It is the first Moravian settlement in North Carolina, founded in 1753 (New Bern was founded in 1710). It is just a few miles from Old Salem.
There are a lot of ruins there, underground portion of the foundations of the homes. They were excavated in the early 1960s.
The Bethabara community contained over 75 major buildings during its first 20 years.
Back to Hart Square…..
I had never heard of Hart Square but when friends said they were going I said I’ll go too.
It seems a Doctor Bob Hart has purchased and moved over 100 log buildings – to a 200-acre field/woods near Hickory. There’s a tavern, tobacco barn, Doctor’s office, post office, School, moonshine still, cotton gin, church, general store, and a print shop (plus 90 more buildings!).
And once a year, every fourth Saturday in October, Hart invites about 200 artisans and craftsmen he knows to Hart Square. He sells 3,000 tickets, as a fundraiser for the local Historical Society, and I was told to call the day they go on sale because the often sell out the first day.
So I got to watch the people work at ginning cotton, making brooms, spinning flax and throwing pots.
It was really wonderful! I’ve got LOTS of photos so this will take several posts!