The metal bits are barn findings. I had a few larger pieces then decided to leave them behind since they might have triggered a TSA search. They did search my backpack but that is a story for another post.
The chimney you see in the center of the photo is on the side of the kitchen. While we were there we helped removed the old cook stove and replace it with a heating stove. Despite what the previous owners said, a cook stove has a fire box about the size of a loaf of bread and was never intended to "throw" heat, in fact, it was designed to do exactly the opposite. We also helped haul and stack wood. It was a good thing since we woke up to a house full of smoke one morning and the boiler had gasped it's last breath. They plan to put in geothermal next Spring and had just filled the oil tank for the final Winter on the boiler. Are you starting to get the picture around here?
This is the sign I was readying when the curator came by. Stefan Banic was from Greenville and held the patent for the first parachute. It was quite a contraction, like a big skirt you wore around your waist. He had to jump out of an airplane to prove it worked. That guy had some, um, brass somethings! We also learned the famous attorney, Clarence Darrow was from Greenville.
I think I have at least partially figured out the problem with my missing blog comments. I have been getting a LOT of spam comments on my old Grow Your Blog post so I got frustrated with it and started marking them as spam. I didn't stop to think that it might mark ALL the comments as spam. Oddly, it only seems to have affected comments from bloggers that are also in my gmail contacts. Go figure! If you are missing comments, check your spam folder and mark them as NOT SPAM.