The Last One Standing: The Klotz Throwing Factory…(aka The Lonaconing Silk Mill)…

One of the only spools left in the mill

I recently had the opportunity to join a group of photographers to shoot this Silk Mill. It was a great place to shoot and I look forward to returning again…and again…and maybe again.

Some 'dopey' photographer kept getting in the way.

The Lonaconing Silk Mill also known as the Klotz Throwing Factory, is the only remaining totally intact silk mill in the nation.  Built with money raised by the townspeople themselves in 1906 and officially opened in 1907.

Work station in basement of the mill

Inside of the three-story structure, long rows of heavy, old-fashioned, belt-driven machinery made from high temperature steel,

rows of machinery

symmetrical rows of wooden creels

Creels holding spent bobbins

and over a million bobbins remain.

empty bobbins (reels)

Empty reels (bobbins) sit in rows all over the mill

Antique fire pails hang from hooks above the factory floor.

Fire of many hanging in the mill

The mill was closed in 1957 after the remaining workers went out on strike and the doors closed behind them for the last time. Personal items remain from employees who couldn’t get back into the building after its doors were locked.

Cubby's with personal items left behind

Items left behind.

Personal items including two tobacco pouches were left behind

Herb Crawford is the current owner of the property. He recently opened it up for photographers and others interested in the history of the mill and the surrounding area.

Here are a few of my other images from that day.

Oil for the looms



Thanks Herb. We had a great time shooting here. I look forward to returning.

We visit the North Fork of Long Island

Eileen and I recently went out to the North Fork of Long Island. We were accompanied by three of our photo-friends who were looking for a place to find white birch trees that they could shoot. I knew of a stand of trees on the North Fork that I had previously shot (see below) so off we went.

Birch Trees

Orient Point…

We began our day’s journey by heading out to Orient Point, the furthest point east on the  north fork (Montauk is the furthest on the south fork).  There is a ‘private’ road that leads out to the very tip of the fork and we headed there. This area is under control of Homeland Security, and an HS officer did approach me and asked what we were doing, but, when he saw that we were a group of ‘aging’ photographers, he had no problem allowing us to walk around and do some shooting on the beach.

The beach at Orient Point

Orient Point Light…

This small ‘bug’ lighthouse is located less than one mile from the tip of the North Fork. It was built in 1899 and was fully automated in 1959. The lighthouse is still functioning and helps guide the ferry from Orient Pt. to New London, Ct. as well as all the fishing and pleasure boats that circle the point.

Eileen and the 'bug'.

Heading West…

After completing our shoot at Orient Point, we headed west on Main Road to look for the birches.  Along the way we passed a small fishing/boathouse on Gardiners’ Bay. This boathouse has been the subject of many images of mine in the past…

Fishing Cabin on Gardiner's Bay

and the present…

Fishing Cabin in HDR

The Vineyards…

The North Fork of Long Island is the home of over 30 vineyards. Wine making has become a major tourist attraction with buses, limos and vans streaming in and out of the vineyard parking lots. We did not get the chance to stop at a vineyard this time but here are a few images from past visits.


Wine Cellar

Winter, the vines are bare...

The grapes are ripening. Shinn Estate Vineyard is the only organic vineyard on the North Fork...

My very first HDR image...

White Birches…

Located down a dirt road, the stand of white birch cannot be seen from the Main Road, but, if you know where you are going, there is plenty to shoot.

White Birch #2

White Birch Trees, Orient, NY


Plenty to shoot…

Anywhere you go on the North Fork you can find a suitable subject to shoot. Here are some of my favorite images taken on the North Fork over the years.

Horse at pasture

Horton Point Lighthouse

Red Barn on Main Road

Tree with red flowers

Sign on barn

July 4th...


Wedding in Winchester, Va…

Melanie and David aka Bride & Groom

The Wedding…

We attended the wedding of Eileen’s good friend Marianna’s son David and his bride Melanie. The wedding was held on the property of her aunt and uncle. Eileen and Marianna’s friendship goes a long way back dating to when Marianna was living in Israel and raised her children there when they were young. David and his sister Talia grew up with Eileen’s children in Israel. The wedding was a  barbecue (what else?) and was a lovely event. Here are some of the images that Eileen took there…

Eileen with the bride and groom

David's sister Talia

The family and friends (I'm at the bar)

Marianna with her husband Francois

David sings a love song to his bride

Winchester & Berryville, Va….

Winchester is a small city located in the Northwestern portion of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Berryville is the town next door and was the place where they held the wedding party.

The area is quite interesting and has a long history dating back to well before its’ founding in 1802.

Historic Downtown Winchester

Most of Winchester’s  history revolves around the Civil War. There were 6 battles within Winchester during the war. It was the area where Gen. Stonewall Jackson used to help defend the Shenandoah Valley area. Berryville had one battle there. The area is filled with rolling hills and farmland and is the starting point of the Skyline Drive.

Farm on road from Winchester to Berryville

Colorful barn on road to Berryville, Va.

RC Church in Berryville, Va.

Love the old Coca-Cola sign

Handley Library

Tourist City Motel