Mt. Rainier and Lenticular Clouds - Dec. 2008 copyright: JMM

May 26, 2012

Heritage Museums & Gardens, Part 1

I met my friend Susan and her daughter, Hannah, at Heritage Museums & Gardens in Sandwich, one gorgeous day in mid-May, to see the beautiful rhododendrons in full bloom and take in the "Norman Rockwell: Beyond the Easel" exhibit, which runs through September.  I hadn't been to Heritage in years.  It used to be known as Heritage Plantation when it opened in 1969, but at some point in the 1990s the name was changed to drop the unfavourable and un-PC 'plantation' name.  The history of it can be found HERE.  

Sue, Hannah & I didn't go in most of the buildings or check out many of the trails, because we were kind of in a rush to beat the crowds to the Rockwell exhibit that day, but I will go back eventually to do the rest of the place.  There is one building, the Round Barn, that contains beautifully restored automobiles from the early 1900s, one of which belonged to actor Gary Cooper.  

Here is Part 1 of the trip!

LOVED this super ornate sundial.

Upper portion of the Flume Fountain.

They are also having a Garden Gate exhibit. I need to go back and shoot all of them.  This was one of my faves from the ones I saw.  They will be available for sale in September.  Wonder how much this one would cost? It's soooo me.

Old East Windmill.

Flume Fountain


Another gate.

The writing says, "And The Tree Was Happy".  That bug photo bombed me; I didn't notice it till I got home and uploaded the picture.

This was a cool gate as well.

The tops are made from coiled wire.


  1. Gorgeous! That looks like a fantastic way to spend the day.

  2. Anonymous2:02 PM

    Perfectly lovely :0)

  3. So much beauty. I especially love the little wooden birdies.

    I was trying to remember the name of that type of sundial, but I had to look it up - it's known as an armillary sphere. Don't know why.

  4. Lovely photos!! I loved seeing the sights with you!


  5. Gorgeous! I loved that sundial too!!

  6. Looks like a wonderful place to spend an afternoon. Your photos are fantastic! I love the water fountain.
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