Arriving at the Birmingham Meeting House

A good portion of the last third of our driving tour was on Birmingham Road, a road well traveled by M on his way to and from work. It’s also the road we take when we go out for a country drive in the convertible, or at least take frequently on our way from one place to another if the road is on our way.

There’s a hill on Birmingham Road where we’ve stopped before to admire the view. Osborne Hill. It’s at the intersection of Birmingham Road and Country Club Road.

(Osborne Hill. Photo by Robin. June 2007)

It was on this hill that General Howe and the British troops stopped for a tea break before continuing on to battle with Washington’s troops.

The tour eventually led us to the Birmingham-Lafayette Cemetery. I like cemeteries. They’re very peaceful places. This one was no exception.

There are three massive monuments in front of the Birmingham-Lafayette Cemetery. One is dedicated to (or commemorates) Lafayette:

(Lafayette monument. Photo by Robin. July 2007)

This one commemorates Casmir Pulaski, a Polish volunteer who used the calvary to cover Washington’s retreat from the Battle of Brandywine:

(Pulaski monument. Photo by Robin. July 2007)

The dedication is on the other side of this monument. I found it odd that the front (the side that faces the road, at any rate) has three empty alcoves. I wonder if there were statues or something in there that were stolen or moved? I couldn’t find anything to explain it.

The third monument is dedicated to two local men who were members of Wayne’s brigade (remember Wayne from the Valley Forge entry?), Colonels Isaac Taylor and Joseph McClellan.

(Taylor-McClellan monument. Photo by Robin. July 2007)

The flag next to the monument, as well as the circular badge, indicate a Revolutionary War memorial. The flag is a replica of the original with 13 stars for the original 13 states.

(Birmingham-Lafayette Cemetery. Photo by Robin. July 2007)

On the other side of this wall …

(Birmingham-Lafayette Cemetery. Photo by Robin. July 2007)

… is the Birmingham Meeting House. I’ll get to that in a bit (or in the next entry). The wall itself protected a small number of troops who held off the British while the main American line formed on a ridge south of here.

(Close-up of the wall. Photo by Robin. July 2007)

I’ll continue this epic saga in the next entry, beginning with the Birmingham Meeting House.

I’m much too long-winded. That’s all there is to it.

3 Comments on “Arriving at the Birmingham Meeting House”

  1. stevo says:

    Your photograph of the Pulaski monument is striking. What sort of camera/gear are you using?

  2. Robin says:

    Nothing terribly fancy or expensive, Stevo. It’s a Kodak Easyshare Z740. It’s my first digital camera and was given to me as a Christmas gift. I’ve never had anything fancier than cheap point-and-click cameras. When I decided I’d like a digital camera, I was looking for something easy to use with some manual capabilities so I could learn as I go without being overwhelmed. The Z740 got relatively good reviews and it wasn’t brain-damage expensive. I’ve heard that this model has been discontinued, but I don’t know why.

    The plan was to start with a an ok mid-range camera because I wasn’t sure how well I’d do with photography in general and/or digital photography specifically. After a about 18 months of using this camera, I’m satisfied with it, but would like to move on to something with more manual options/capabilities as this one is fairly limited.

  3. Robin says:

    Then again, I’m worried about using something more complicated and wondering if I should take a few photography classes.

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