Archive for May, 2016

Eric Sloane and the Westfield Seek-No-Further

May 25, 2016 |  by  |  No Comments

Good news at Weather Hill Farm!  We were able to secure two scions from the Westfield Seek-No-Further that Eric Sloane describes in his 1965 work A Reverence for Wood.  Sloane’s description of the sequence of deaths, falls, and resurrections of Westfield Seek-No-Further apple trees is charming and extremely interesting.  You can tell that Eric Sloane was quite moved by his treck to Dudleytown Mountain to see of he could uncover where the first Westfield Seek-No-Further might have been planted in the 1700s (see pages 40-41 of A Reverence for Wood by Eric Sloane).  Our two scions were obtained by permission from the current property owners and have been planted by Edith and I at Weather Hill Farm.  Following an established tradition amongst apple growers, we will call our scions “Eric Sloane’s Westfield Seek No Furthers” after the man himself.  It seems a fitting tribute.

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Friends Event Saturday June 18th at the Eric Sloane Museum

May 12, 2016 |  by  |  No Comments

Our Next Event:  Saturday June 18th  Talk by Peter Montgomery, noted authority on Connecticut heirloom apples, covering the history, development, and current restoration efforts concerning Connecticut’s heirloom apple trees.  11 a.m. – 1 p.m.  This is a free event sponsored by the Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum, but you must RSVP.  Please call the museum at 860-927-3849.  Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum.

Eric Sloane and the Noah Blake Orchard

May 12, 2016 |  by  |  No Comments
Our thanks to Lynn Melllis Worthington of the Republican-American, for her informative article that covered the planting of the Noah Blake Orchard on the grounds of the Eric Sloane Museum. We appreciate your work on our behalf, Lynn!

Friends Hires Crew to help beautify grounds of the Eric Sloane Museum

May 5, 2016 |  by  |  No Comments

The Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum received permission from the state of Connecticut’s Department and Economic and Community Development to beautify the area between the Kent iron furnace and the Eric Sloane Museum.  More pictures will be posted as this project develops.IMG_2595 IMG_2593 IMG_2594

Noah Blake Orchard Project Makes the News

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May 5, 2016 |  by  |  No Comments

If you were unable to participate in the April 30th planting of the Noah Blake Orchard, the next event planned by the Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum is on Saturday, June 18, 2016. Peter Montgomery will be covering the history, development, and current restoration efforts concerning Connecticut heirloom apple trees including the Westfield Seek-No-Further featured in Eric Sloane’s A Reverence for Wood. 11-1 p.m. This is a free event sponsored by the Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum. Snacks and drinks provided.

Peter Montgomery and Friends Plant the Noah Blake Orchard

May 5, 2016 |  by  |  No Comments

On April 30th, noted heirloom apple tree expert Peter Montgomery   hosted a number of volunteers on the grounds of the Eric Sloane Museum.  Peter discussed the planting and care of apple trees, as well as some of the history of heirloom varieties.  Thanks to Peter and his group of volunteers, the Eric Sloane Museum now has an heirloom apple orchard adjacent to the Noah Blake cabin.  Our thanks to Peter Montgomery, who coordinated all of our efforts to ensure that this project came to fruition (pun intended!).  Thanks, Peter!  

Photographs courtesy of Helen Bransfield

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Noah Blake Orchard

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Heirloom variety apple trees on site on April 29th.  Our thanks to board member Jeffrey Bischoff, who located and purchased the cedar logs used in the fence construction project.  Thanks, Jeff!  Jeff can be seen in the photographs below lending Chris Lapp a hand digging post holes.

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Jim and friend Chris installing fencing at the Eric Sloane Museum

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Amish Drill in Operation

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