Category Archives: Licking County

Frampton Road One Room Schoolhouse

One Room Schoolhouse On Frampton Road

One Room Schoolhouse in Licking County, Ohio.
One room schoolhouse in Northeast Licking County, Ohio

I found this while riding motorcycles on the backroads of Licking County, Ohio. It’s one of the better preserved one-room schoolhouses that still stand.

I sat there on a very modern motorcycle wondering what it must have been like when this was built. The comparison of provisions given to today’s children are so much different, but of course, so is everything about their educational requirements to succeed.

At first I thought this may have been a small church. The steeple is missing,. I’ve reconsidered when I took the size of the building into account.

A Foggy Day For National Road History

National Road History On 1/2/2017

National Road History peaks my interest. Every year, less and less evidence of the old road exist. More vanishes and gives way to newer things. Today I rode from Route 13 to Columbus, Ohio on Route 40 to have a look.

The Jack Town Pub Is Gone

The Jack Town Pub On The National Road in Jacksontown, Ohio.
The Jack Town Pub On Route 40 in Jacksontown, Ohio.

Today, 1/2/2017, The Jack Town Pub is gone.

Jack Town Pub Leveled
The Jack Town Pub is now gone.

I heard so many rumors about the demise of The Jack Town Pub that I wouldn’t really know the exact cause. What replaces it will tell me more about what really happened here. The end result though, a missing piece of Licking County, Ohio history on The National Road. Not all of it can be saved. We can hope something promising replaces it.

The Shamrock Is Falling Into Severe Disrepair

The Shamrock Motel in Etna, Ohio on route 40.
The Shamrock Motel On The National Road

Old historical buildings tend to turn into rummage sales, antique stores, and flea markets before their demise. It’s as if they are recalling better times and spewing out remnants from those days.

Rural decay on The National Road.
The rural decay of The Shamrock Motel on The National Road.
Motel room office for The Shamrock In Etna, Ohi.
The office for the motel rooms at The Shamrock on Route 40.

National Road history is so interesting because it’s still alive. You can drive out to it and touch and feel it. The modern day equivalent roars loud nearby on Interstate 70.

The road stretches from the middle of Illinois to Baltimore, Maryland. Where it starts and stops depends on what level of National Road purist you are.

Today’s foggy January 2, 2017 visit was just another witness to the state of the road. As for so long, it just slowly rots away and occasionally headway is made and new businesses arrive.

Granville, Ohio In Snow

Tonight I went for a little ride during a “level 1 snow emergency”. Yes, that’s what they call it when you can still drive without problems, very few accidents on the road, and only spotty power outages. I’m not sure how the fit “emergency” into that equation, but I do know it drives milk and bread sales.

To me, a level 1 snow emergency meant to grab my camera. It was so beautiful out.

This photo is of the historic Granville Inn.

The Granville Inn.
The historic Granville Inn.

I’m not a medical person by any stretch of the imagination, but I have to wonder if they may be misdiagnosing Seasonal Affective Disorder to some degree. From my observations, depression and anxiety greatly increases in people around me with the bullshit calls to weather alerts that are nothing to be alarmed about. They provide no reassurance that very few people will die from a few inches of snow and that if you take the time to venture out into it, you’ll experience a beautiful world that you haven’t seen for quite a few months.

Speeding Amish Buggy

Amish horse and buggy speeding by.
An Amish Buggy Speeding By

It was strange that I wasn’t even thinking about seeing Amish before I took this photo. I was riding the backroads on my motorcycle thinking about the good and bad of modern culture. I was thinking about how much better real life is than the virtual realities that we are presented with today.

I had stopped to photograph a covered bridge on Frampton Road off of State Route 586 near Martinsburg, Ohio. The light for that was horrible. As I was giving up and loading my camera into the motorcycle, I heard the hooves coming and turned just in time to catch this shot.

Chasing Sunsets Leads To A Moonrise

It’s a frequent event for my wife and I to head on out on our¬†motorcycles in the evening. This frequently leads to seeing a sunset. Sunsets are nice, but photographically speaking, they’re boring without a subject. The night I took this photo, my subject, a farm, happened to be where the moon was rising instead.

Moonrise over an Ohio farm.
Moon rising over a Licking County, Ohio Farm

The trick with a moon in a composition is to get into a position with a zoom lens where a good amount of zoom is required. This enlarges the moon in the photo. I’m actually quite a distance from this farm.

I hope I captured the quiet tranquility of the scene as it was. I used a Canon 55-250mm STM lens that has proven to be a great lens to carry on the motorcycle. It’s a little large, but small enough to mount on a Canon T5i Rebel¬†and have great zoom capabilities in a camera small enough for motorcycle.

 

Early Morning Fog

Fog lifts from a Licking County, Ohio road in the morning.
Rural Licking County, Ohio road with fog lifting in the morning.

Early morning is not a usual time for me to take the camera out, but I’m going to try to do it more often. The warm light from the sunrise and frequent fog makes for interesting photos.

This one is from Peat Moss Road, not far from St. Louisville, Ohio.

Spring On An Ohio Farm

Ohio farm on a rainy Spring evening
Spring evening with rain on Ohio farm.

One of my favorite pastimes is riding in the car or on the bike on the backroads of Ohio. I’m always on the lookout for different rural scenes.

This one is a farm just south of Utica, Ohio after an evening rainstorm. That field will be loaded with corn in a few months. There are some dairy and hog operations in this section of the county.