27 July 2009

Rock Ford Plantation

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photos by Tom b.

romper: 50s bathing suit
jacket: vintage Levis
purse: 60s straw bag
shoes: thrifted woven flats

Today we finally got a break from a little rain we've been having so Tom and I decided to get out of the house for a bit. We were heading down to an old abandoned amusement park that sits by the Conestoga River when we passed a sign for Rock Ford Plantation. We made an impromptu turn and ended up driving out to the plantation instead. When we arrived, I remembered we had visited once before, years ago when we were visiting PA while still living in Alabama.

I'm so glad we made that turn because it was just the loveliest place to walk around. I love going to touristy places like this on slow Monday afternoons when no one else is around. We had the whole place to ourselves save for one friendly black cat and a herd of does and their fawns eating crab apples off the ground in the adjoining field. It was so peaceful to walk around and imaging what life must have been like in the late 1700s when the plantation was built.

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There were terrible things to imagine, such as the probability of slaves being owned there (people seem to think only Southerners owned slaves, but that's not the case), and the cold northern winters one would have endured with no heat. But there were also fun things to imagine like the children that must have played in those fields, women sitting on the big porches with quilts in their laps, and how many generations of deer must have eaten from those crab apple trees. Oh, and the fact that George Washington (most likely) had tea there! Seriously, I'm sitting on bricks that George Washington walked on.

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34 comments:

Meaghan Kelly said...

oh my gosh i bought the EXACT same swimsuit on etsy not even a month ago! that's crazy! when vintage things match up it makes it all the better than when real life things match up!

Sally Jane said...

That's so funny! What are the chances?! There can't be many suits like this left out there. :)

Tip said...

that suit is an amazing piece to own~

theTrendyDwarf said...

That romper is incredible! I love it so much! If only a few more people other than exclusive amount of people wore it more often! You look beautiful as always with so much style it's astounding how you manage such two qualities so perfectly! The jean jacket only adds to the ensemble! You look so 50s right now that it seems as though you are from the 50s and traveled through a time machine to this period of time!
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erin said...

that bathing suit turned romper is oh so adorable!

erin

adin_22 said...

I used to live in Lancaster for a few months...but I've never got the chance to visit that place...Ohh...I wanna go back there!!

Angel said...

The place is beautiful and you look lovely in that romper/bathing suit!

Angel
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andreja said...

oh i've been meaning to go there too! have you ever been to the ephrata cloisters? if not, we should plan a trip and visit them together. i'll be back in pa early next week!

jarsika said...

Romper = gorgeous! You look so cute!

xo

Blue

Sans vous, il y a aucun je said...

I've bought this floral bathing suit from ASOS and I cant wait to wear it out :)

Loved how you paired everything together !

L said...

OMG. cutest romper ever, you should keep it, it looks good on you

Kelley Anne said...

That sounds like a wonderful afternoon. I adore your swimsuit...I've been looking for something similar, but no dice so far.

My husband and I always go to historic sites on our vacations and off days. We visited the oldest graveyard in Boston last year where Cotton and Increase Mather are buried. Its exciting and a bit surreal to know that you're walking where famed historical figures once did.

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little my said...

the bathing suit turned romper is such a wonderful idea! it looks wonderful on you! I love the whole outfit

MiriamFashion said...

pin-up girl :-)

amyyyyy. said...

Using the swimsuit is a lovely idea! :)

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chie said...

you look adorable with the romper! such a good idea that you wore swimsuit as a romper!

Lexie said...

what a brave look! very cute.

Isabel said...

I never noticed how cool your tattoo was until now.

Ace said...

I love this look! I've been hunting for a cute vintage bathing suit/play suit. You make it look lovely!

Bette V. said...

Sublime romper, you rock this look!

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noirohio vintage said...

amazing. you look incredible! Love that little romper!

Fell4fashion said...

That is the cutest romper!!

Tahda said...

that is such a cute outfit! love all of it.

genevieve a.k.a. the bandit said...

i saw three of that exact suit up on etsy a while ago; one in a lighter blue, one in pink, and another in a yellow! i so wish i could have bought them all, now that i've seen your photographs, even just to hang up on my wall and look at, like i did with my one vintage swim suit/romper!

the art cupboard said...

so cute i love vintage bathing suits

svenskaussie said...

What a fantastic outfit, the DJ & straw bag are perfect with those togs (aka swimsuit). When I lived in Oxford (UK) I used to have to touch the buildings just to connect to the history, just like you with the pathway. I would marvel to think of the English Kings & Queens who had been there been there centuries ago. Amazing stuff.

Eyeliah SS said...

visiting the tourist spots in the off hours is the best. What a lovely spot.

monkey toes said...

u look so vintage..:D nice tattoo ;p

CMA said...

i love this!
so great thats its a retro bikini as a romper
gorgeous!!!

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Sarah said...

Sooooooo cuuuuute!!!!

R. said...

Wearing a vintage bathing suit as a romper is SUCH a good idea. Love it. I love the little ruffly detail at the neckline, and the tie at the waist, and well, all of it. Your bag and shows are also really nice.

Katja Cintja said...

this is so cute!

myrrh goldframe said...

the romper.. is just a mjor love.. i love how you wear it perfectly!