Rhododendrons in Bloom

The Flint House finally has a little color! The azaleas and magnolia failed to bloom because of cold weather in early spring, but these did fine.


Flint House Garden

This year’s broomcorn and flax has been planted. The broomcorn is in rows, and the flax seed is spread to grow in one big patch. The plot is at the edge of the community gardens nearest the dog park fence, so be sure to check it out when you are over by the Flint House.IMG_1286XX1X

Open House May 15


Spring Open House at the Flint House is Sunday, May 15, from 1-4 pm. Take a tour with our volunteers, and let the kids make an origami flower garden with Barbara Bennett (Mrs. Red Shoes).
Since the new crop of broomcorn is in the ground, we can celebrate last year’s by making some brooms. With a short handle, you can decorate with them; with a long handle they are great for getting those annoying cobwebs up on the ceiling or in the corners of your house. You can also take home some broomcorn seed for your own yard.
I may be doing some flax processing you can help with as well. Flax is still an experiment here, so we’ll see how that goes.
Weather permitting (and it looks good so far), there will be artists painting or sketching outdoors. Bring your own easel and art supplies and join them if you’d like.
Hope to see you there!

April Mystery Tool Answer

This is a pre-electric toaster. One piece of toast goes on each side, so you can toast 4 pieces at once. I can also see, using my modern slice of bread, that these toasters, from the early 1900s (when this kind was popular), were made for much smaller slices. You can use this on a gas burner or even in the oven.



April Mystery Tool

If you have electricity you don’t need one of these!

Some of you will recognize it right away, especially if you are a camper.

Check back tomorrow for the answer.


Save the Date

The peonies around the Flint House believe it really is spring, and the azaleas are starting to leaf out. Only a month until the Spring Open House on Sunday, May 15, from 1-4. More information about activities will be announced soon!



Play ball

Baseball season started this week, so let’s go back over 100 years and take a look at the Village of Scotia team.


Back row, left to right: unknown, Martin Ferguson, Frank Berning, Richard Van Huysen, Ralph Hoyt, Alvin Spitzer

Front row, left to right: unknown, Edgar Eagnor, Arthur Jackson, Edward Beller

Here’s another article about early Scotia baseball, published in 1967.




To Broom Makers

Old newspapers are always interesting! This is from Freedom’s Sentinel, Schenectady, 1837. It comes from the NYS Historic Newspapers Project, http://nyshistoricnewspapers.org/.

The Flint House was formerly the home of D. F. Reese, broomcorn grower and broom manufacturer.

March Madness

As many are following basketball right now, here is a photo of the 1918-19 Scotia team. They would have attended the first Scotia High School, built in 1905 on First Street (where the St. Joseph’s parking lot is now).


A note on the back reads:

Date: c. Jan. 1919

Left to right: William Gillespie, Lewis Dunn, Hiram Cornell, Joseph Howard, Leland Campbell, Adrian Tracy, Carlos Grundhoeffer

And, to tell a little about the team, here are a couple of newspaper clippings. (They are from http://www.fultonhistory.com/Fulton.html, a site with many old newspapers you can search.)

From the Schenectady Gazette, Jan. 18, 1919


And a follow-up from the Schenectady Gazette, Jan. 20, 1919