In the Laundry / Machine Shop, there was a demonstration of the turbine powered machinery.
saw the lathe and bandsaw in action. This building is one of
the earliest there, and was built with less than the usual Shaker plan
and organization. On the hill about 50 feet higher than the
building were many springs. They dug a pond and made an
aqueduct over the highway to bring the water to an overshot
wheel. This provided about 1 1/2 horsepower. Later,
they heard about turbines and bought one but it needed more water than
the aqueduct was providing. The Shakers believed in
excellence even if it was expensive, and when they heard that a company
in Boston was making 16 inch iron pipe, they bought it, even though it
was very expensive, then drained the pond so they could install the
pipe, and buried the pipe, including going under the highway.
Then they stepped the pipe down to 12 inches. Once the pond
was refilled, this new system gave them 3 1/2 horsepower and powered a
lot of machinery.
1961, the remaining Shakers in Hancock were unable to
continue. Rather than sell to developers, they sold
to a group who continue to run and restore the Village
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This has been a spring and summer of getting around.You can see those pictures:
Hancock Shaker Village
We watched them set up the Big Top at the Circus
We went to the Utica Zoo
Then we went to the Syracuse Zoo
Wickwire House in Cortland
A trip to babysit the grandkids
A visit to Boston to see a Red Sox Game
Drive through Edmeston area to see the animals
Ithaca Herbert F. Johnson museum trip
And there are lots of pictures of our trip out west.
from other summers:
Leslie designed a
Pink and Purple
June 6, 2000
Insects - moth pictures - polyphemus
In Autumn Before/After Exterior
Wendy & Sam
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