African-American Settlement in Cambria County

This Settlement was founded in the late 1790's by Edinborough Smith and William Harshberger - whose families have called the Johnstown Area home for over 200 years.










Saturday, February 19, 2011

Apple Tree's - Browns

These three apple tree's are what's left of old Lizzie Harshberger's orchard.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Large Rockpile - Cairn at Browns

On a day when we flirted with 70 degrees.  Browns was on my mind all day. I will be heading up in the next couple of weeks. Right now, it's just too wet heading up.  This rather large rockpile shows considerable age. Especially considering this section up at Browns was clear cut at one time. My feeling is that it is indeed - Native American and a donation pile or possible burial. I am leading more towards maybe both - since there are couple more of this size and condition in the same area.

Monday, February 14, 2011

The Three Sisters - Lizzie's Orchard

These are just about the only apple trees left from what was once a large orchard up at Browns. I call them - The Three Sisters - I don't know why, I just do. I tried last year to grow a seedling from a couple of the apples. Non of them took.. So this year, I am going try grafting. These apple tree are at least 100 years old if not older.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Native American Cairn - Browns


This is a nice, large size Native American Cairn (possible Burial Mound) in the cemetery area at Browns. There are a couple more in the area of different sizes. I don't think it was an accident that the cemetery is located where it is.
I can not wait for the snow to melt. Springtime at Browns - it's the most beautiful place on earth to me. It feels like you can almost touch the blue skies....