A delivery of HCWG creations was made to the Elicott City B&O Museum yesterday 11/25/18.
These items had been prepared for delivery last year to replace museum displays lost in the 2016 main street flood, but delivery was delayed indefinitely when the 2018 flood occurred. Museum manager, Jacob Feirson was apologetic for having lost the HCWG crates from the first HCWG delivery (lost in the 2018 flood), and was careful to put all these latest items on higher ground or inside the museum.
The delivery included:
- 1x period wooden box – random find, not built by the club.
- 2x locally sourced white oak benches with HoBo symbols
- Purpose built civil war benches by Greg Knoll with help from George Adams and Gene Torrey.
- These were placed in the vestibule for people waiting entry if the museum is at capacity.
- They loved the hobo symbols and the historic design and style of the benches.
- they say things like- “Nice cat-lady that way”, “You can bathe and camp at the river”, the “Police have dogs…”
- While awaiting the delayed delivery The benches were used in my outside shop area adding some dings and stains. Those marks added to the historic feel to the pieces.
- 2x oaken barrels
- Sourced from Miller Excavating Auction, and from AmericanArtifacts.com
- placed near entrance against exterior wall, high side of property, near the handicapped ramp entrance.
- Cast iron 4-wheeled cart – old weight-scale cart was donated to the museum
- sourced from American Artifacts.com
- placed on upper deck near miniature train entrance.
While at the museum I got a private tour and time with the curator. We took measurements for a potential shelving project for the gift shop.
Opportunity: The museum gift shop is in search of a replacement for their particle-board magazine rack. The existing rack is 4′ wide by 5′ tall, and 18″ deep. it is a 9-tier rack. If a club member were to take on the project I think it could look magnificent, and also be a fine bit of volunteerism. The existing rack is particle board with plastic trim, and was untouched by the floods.