Friday, July 1, 2011

Sylvania, Ohio

John and I have visited Sylvania many times over the years but never explored the village itself. It does have a bit of history. Consequently, Thursday morning we stopped to visit its small historical village. In this historical village older buildings of the area have been relocated, as an old log cabin and a depot station. The station, pictured below, served Sylvania for 58 years (1858-1956).  Sylvania was chosen as a railroad stop because of its abundant water supply.
 The Toledo, Angola and Western Railroad, also called "the goatline",  had over 8 miles of track which linked the stone quarries of Sylvania with the rest of the world. The trains also carried other freight and passengers. Pictured below is a Toledo,Angola, and Western caboose built in 1924.
Near the historical village stands what use to be the 1902 home of Dr. Uriah Cooke. His office in the house is still intact with all of its furnishings. Currently the home is being used as a tea room, as well as a museum.
My last picture here is of an oleander bush. My brother Marcus is quite proud of it and has been teasing me about taking a picture of it for this blog. He has babied the shrub for about 25 years, taking it inside when the weather turns cold. It was a gift from Heidi's mother and has certainly become an important part of their family. At Christmas it gets decorated with light and ornaments. This is the prettiest that I have seen it.

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