Road Trip, Day 6
|North 5th Street United Methodist Church, now Bethel Village AME Church|
In the 1990s the church was painted white to distinguish it from the rest of the area that was built of brick and also declining. There were plans to convert the church into a mission, but in 2003 the Bethel African Method Episcopal Church purchased the building for its use. In the process they steam cleaned the exterior and restored it to what it looked like when my wife was living there. It was an emotional moment for her to see that the church was still standing and being used for its intended purpose, a house of worship.
|Former parsonage, located on North 2nd Street and Division|
That house is a what we in the south call a duplex, but is considered normal up north such as in Pennsylvania. My wife was distraught to see the left side overgrown with trees and bushes. The left should have been as clean as the right, showing both entrances into the full house.
school was completely closed in 2010. It now sits, silent, empty, decaying.
After spending the morning looking at Harrisburg we started up 15/11 north up the Susquehanna River and out of Pennsylvania into western New York state. The trip parallel to the river gave way to travel through the mountains. The passage was gorgeous, the scenery beautiful. The clouds cast shadows on the forest covered mountains. We spent the rest of the day enjoying the scenery as it unfolded around us.
We've stopped at Corning NY for the evening. Before we found a room for the evening we stopped at the Corning Museum of Glass, catching the very last show of the afternoon. Our tickets are good for two days, so we'll go back first thing in the morning to look at the exhibits before we head west to Buffalo and Niagara.
We very much enjoyed watching the glass blowers work their magic on the molten glass. In the space of 30 minutes they created a glass bowl with foot. The piece needed to be anneal cooled, so they put it in a special oven for it to cool for 10 hours. My wife and I hope to see the finished piece tomorrow when we go back.