These postcards are rare! This is from the tourist mecca of Tylersport. The cigar factory still stands on a Ridge Road. The 2 hotels were on opposite corners of Allentown and Ridge Roads. The other photo is of Allentown Road looking north.
Ridge Valley postcard. The Mill was called Hoot's Mill. It no longer stands, but the dam / pond that fed it still does. It was on Rocky Dale Road where Ridge Valley Creek intersects with the Road. The original beautiful dam was covered in cement, no doubt to sure up the aging structure. There is a mill pond that still exists behind the dam. John Hoot renovated the Union Church in Ridge Valley, when the Reformed Church renovated (adding the bell tower) the building in 1901.
St. John's Lutheran Church Ridge Valley. There is what looks like a Model T Ford at the far right.
St. John Lutheran Church Ridge Valley. The tower was originally slate. There was a fence that surrounded the front of the property, like the current fence around the UCC Church. The Godshall store is visible at the far right. There are very few if any graves visible in St. John's Cemetery in the background, as the main cemetery when this picture was taken was the Union cemetery across the bridge.
Rocky Dale. The rocks are on the Ridge Valley Creek, south and west of St. John's Cemetery. It was a Sunday afternoon outing place, for many in the region. Only the daring climbed to the top, and I have found a few photos of these groups. One was a cigar company outing. It is hard to tell the true size of the boulders, in this photo. The rocks were dropped from glaciers during the last ice age.
St. John's Lutheran Church Ridge Valley. Notice the fence extends all the way to Finland Road. There is no parking lot at St. John's because the horses and carriages were kept in the Union Sheds next to the Reformed Church. The photo was taken from the Godshall store on the corner of Allentown and Finland Roads.
Ridge Valley Evangelical and Reformed Church, as the denomination was called when this photo was taken. Notice the cars! Henry Ford once was quoted as saying "A customer can have any color car, as long as it is black". Must have been true.
Painting of Ridge Valley PA, by Paul Bortz. My Great Grandparents had a house and ice cream store with this view. "Where the church spires rise to meet the blue of the sky.
The first postcard I ever found at Perkiomen Auction. It was the first time I found out there was a bell tower on the school.
Rosemaling - The beautiful folk art painting styles of Norway. In 1996 Jo Sonja was awarded the Gold Medal in Rosemaling by the Norwegian American Museum (Vesterheim) representing the highest award available for Rosemaling in the United States today.
View of the large rocks and Ridge Valley Churches and school in the background. The picture says Oak Colony, which was a Summer camp on the Ridge Valley Creek. I believe the water was originally dammed for a saw mill, and the name was Haring's Dam. The Dam is visible in a few Walter Baum paintings.
Interior of Ridge Valley Reformed United Church of Christ from 1901-1947. The ceiling and walls had frescoes which were covered in the 1947 renovation.
Walter Emerson Baum. Village of a Ridge Valley, PA 1920.