The Wrack

The Wrack is the Wells Reserve blog, our collective logbook on the web.

Posts tagged history

  • Great Barn Acoustics: It's In the Wood Slats

    | August 8, 2013

    Interior of hay and horse barn at historic Laudholm FarmEnthusiastic volunteer and proud mom Eileen Willard had her boy "Flip" Baber (Johnnyrandom) help us understand why music in the Laudholm barn sounds So Darn Good…

  • Behind the beadboard

    | July 26, 2012

    Some rotting wood on the outside of the cow barn needed attention, so John was pulling off the beadboard siding this forenoon. At first, he thought he was seeing things, but soon a clear picture emerged. What appeared behind the boards?

  • Charles Lord Shares Farm Stories

    | July 13, 2012

    Yesterday morning, Charles Lord led the History of a Saltwater Farm program for a dozen interested visitors. Not only is Charles the outgoing Facilities Manager and Caretaker of the Wells Reserve, but he is also a member of THE Lord family that purchased Laudholm Farm in 1881. Charles is moving to Germany with his family in August, so this was his last history program of the season.

    The group loved hearing his stories about life at Laudholm. Charles spoke of the nine-hole golf course that used to grace the fields, the grass tennis court in the barnyard, and the walks to the beach house for tea. Charles's grandmother used to do needlepoint and watch from a second floor window of the farmhouse as her family members sailed down the Little River.

  • Mechanized Haying

    | January 27, 2012
    Just added to the historic photo archive is this o…
  • Remembering "Sandy" Brook

    | January 26, 2012

    In this week's York County Coast Star, Shelley Wigglesworth reports on the passing of Alexander Bacon Brook — "Sandy" — who owned and edited the paper from 1957 to 1977. The remembrances collected there reflect Brook's life as a newspaperman, but readers of the era also knew he loved York County's unspoiled environment. Here's a passage from an editorial he wrote in the paper — as Joyce Butler says in her history of Laudholm — "when preserving Laudholm Farm was still a dream"…

  • Of Pumps, Rams, and Giant Icicles

    Wells Reserve Contributor | November 30, 2011

    Uncle Nat called me last night and we had a delightful conversation. I chanced to ask him about a large pump that I noticed in the Sheep Barn while I've been working down there over the last two weeks. It turns out that it was the back-up pump for the hydraulic ram and was located down at the Mill. This pump was used if the rams malfunctioned or broke. The pump is a one-cylinder gas pump that Nat believes was manufactured in Vermont… quite an impressive looking piece of machinery.

  • Old Postcards of Laudholm

    | June 23, 2011

    A small envelope in the Laudholm archives holds two postcards dating from the early 20th century. They were passed along to Mort Mather by Ellie Carberry perhaps around 1992.

  • Gazebo gets stronger

    | January 5, 2011

    Gazebo in the early 1900sThe gazebo beside the farmhouse, as iconic as any building on the Laudholm campus, dates back more than a century. It has long been a place to rest, meet, or strike a pose. A photo from the first decade of the 1900s demonstrates the old well house was meant to get attention!

    Postcard from early days of Laudholm Trust. Copyright Dennis Griggs.When the nascent Laudholm Trust was spreading the word about its effort to protect the farm, the gazebo anchored a photograph that was selected for a postcard sent to thousands of mailboxes.

    Over the years, though, the gazebo's aging wood became soft, the ends of the floorboards chipped and frayed, and the lattice work was damaged. The very structure was weakened to the point where something had to be done.

  • Dedication Day

    | August 31, 2010
    Happy 24th anniversary, Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve! On August 31, 1986, the Wells National Estuarine Sanctuary was dedicated during a ceremony held in the heart of the historic Laudholm Farm campus. This photo was taken during one tour on the celebratory day culminating years of tireless effort by many, many people. …
  • From the archives: New computer

    | August 19, 2010
    From the Laudholm Trust historical archives (October 10, 1985): Mort gave a report on the computer. It has 10 mga bites of memory and will eventually hold our files on membership, businesses, foundations, gifts, and others. He is currently training Susan Sullivan and setting up the files for memberships. We have just begun and it will be a while before we see the benefits. …