Mission Of This Blog


The overall mission statement of this blog is to share many unique topics of this blogger's interest. Topics include (but are not limited to): Southern Cultural Heritage, Local History of the South Carolina Upstate, Confederate Heritage Preservation & Awareness, Americana, Nature & Wildlife Preservation, Science & Science Fiction, Astronomy & Night Sky Photography, Literacy & Writing, Travel & Local Places Of Interest, Southern Cuisine, Popular Culture & Philosophy, Classic Animation Nostalgia, Fandom ....as well as various other topics explained from the blogger's point of view. The following website contains the UNCENSORED thoughts and opinions of a Southern-born country writer from upstate South Carolina - the living, beating heart of the great American Southland!

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Planetary Photography -- 11-03-2017 -- Late Full Hunter's Moon

Good evening fellow travelers and sky watchers! 

Earlier yesterday evening I caught the November full moon rising over the trees behind my house. 


In the Northern Hemisphere, people call this full moon the Hunter's Full Moon, the name given to the first full moon that follows the Harvest Moon, which if y'all will recall from a previous blog post is the full moon closest to the autumn equinox. This year the Northern Hemisphere's Harvest Moon fell on October 5th, almost 13 days following the September 22 fall equinox, making this a late Hunter's Moon. Incidentally, November 4th is about the latest possible date for a full Hunter's Moon. 

In the Northern Hemisphere, y'all will be able to see the full Hunter's Moon till at least Saturday, November 4th. This year's late Hunter's Moon is the 2nd largest full moon of 2017. The brightness of the full moon however might interfere with those anticipating the South Taurid Meteor Shower -- but don't worry, the official peak of the meteor shower in North America is in late evening on Friday, November 10th this year.

If you are waiting to see the Full Hunter's Moon tonight, be sure to remember that full moons rise in the east at or near the time of sunset. After that the moon rises about 50 minutes later each following day. For those of us in North America, be sure to remember that late evening of Nov 4-5th at 2 AM is the end of Daylight Savings Time, and take that into account. 

Once again I hope y'all enjoyed my photo of the late Full Hunter's Moon of 2017. I will be back soon with more photos of our wandering stars. Till then, keep your eyes to the night skies, y'all. 

Monday, October 30, 2017

The Lando-Manetta Mills History Center

The Lando-Manetta Mills History Center.
3801 Lando Road, Lando, SC 29729.

The Lando-Manetta Mills History Center museum is located in eastern Chester County in the small village of Lando.  

The mill village of Lando has experienced over 245 years of history. During the American Revolutionary War it was known as Walker's Mill. At the time it was a grist mill that was often visited by British and Loyalist troops, as well as Patriot militia partisans during the summer and fall of 1780. 

Later known as White's Mill in the early 1800's, Lando was one of the first fulling mills in the American Southland. Manetta Mills was build in 1896 and for close to 100 years made blankets that were sold all over the world. Today the mill serves as a small but outstanding history museum. 

The Lando Manetta Mills History Center Museum is located in what used to be the mill office, the old company store and the Post Office. There are a dozen rooms in the history center all set up to house different collections detailing life in Lando over the last 120 years. These include the following:

The Collections Room in the history center is filled with little knick knacks found around Lando by various people or donated by individuals for use in the museum. It also contains sections devoted to the 4 local churches, local high school sports, Lando Boy Scout Troop 68, the fire department, and Edgemoor and Manetta Railway.

The Mill Room has artifacts and pictures from those who worked in the mill. It also has a loom similar to those used in the mill.

The Company Store is laid out as it was back in back when it was in the front of the building. There are many items on display that would have been sold in the store during the mill era.

The Living Bedroom is set up to transport the visitor to a time when families were in one area of a home and had everything they needed, including one of the first televisions.

The Schoolhouse Room has the old wooden one piece desks, books, and pictures from when children went to school at the Lando School. The walls in this room are arranged with pieces from the original school.

The Kitchen Room has many items donated to the museum that were used in houses in Lando including an old Maytag washing machine, a refrigerator and stove.

The Barber Shop looks like you walked into a distant time with a shoe shining station and retro barber chairs. There is even an old checkerboard used by customers while they were waiting.

The Doctors Office has a lot of personal items from when Dr. Gaston was practicing in Lando. 

The Lando Days Room is lined with t-shirts from past Lando Days celebrations, trophies and pictures from days gone by.

The Military Room is a room to honor those who lived in Lando and served our country. Pictures line the walls, there are uniforms and artifacts from those who served.

The Vault Room is the actual vault used by the mill. 

The Office Room has and old desk and books that have information on those that worked in the mill on a daily basis.

The following are the photos I took of the museum and the artifacts inside.

Marker honoring the veterans of three American Wars from
Lando, SC, who gave their lives in service.
Marker honoring Dr. John Newton Gaston Sr.
Artifacts from his practice can be found inside the museum.
Lovely Lando "Beach" behind the History Center.


Once again, I hope that y'all enjoyed my photos, and as always, Have A Wonderful Dixie Day, Y'all Hear?

Monday, October 23, 2017

One Hundred Thousand Views!!!



Greetings my friends and fellow travelers!

This morning I awoke to an overcast and cloudy October sky, but despite that this blogger is in high spirits. Sometime during the early morning hours of Monday, October 23rd, after nearly three years online, Southern Fried Common Sense & Stuff reached the milestone of 100,000 worldviews!  

I would like to take this time to thank my faithful readers from all across the world, especially from these ten countries that have contributed to the most readers to this blog:


I would also like to thank other readers from South Korea, China, Japan, Egypt, Australia, Indonesia, Sudan, Israel, Jordan, Italy, Brazil, Argentina, and even a couple of hits from someone all the way south at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station in Antarctica. This blog has truly become a worldwide phenomenon.  

I would also like to thank all of those that have taken the time over the last three years to post comments to my blog posts -- both good and negative, or inquisitive. 

Thank you one and all for your support and for finding anything this simple country writer posts remotely interesting. Thank you for your interest in my local travel and photojournalism, for my planetary and night sky photography, for helping me to promote and defend Southern-Confederate historical heritage, for promoting the history and heritage of my native South Carolina upcountry, and for simply listening to my opinions on random points of interest from old television shows to best cosplay at the local comic and fandom conventions.  

As I promised before, I will now be expanding this blog to include: nostalgic movie and animation/anime reviews, Tales of My Existence, and even a few more recipes and poems from time to time. Oh I am certainly going to continue to defend the symbols of my Southland's Confederate historical heritage, no doubts there. I will also continue to tell the other history of the area -- including some of the less than attractive ones, but history worth mentioning and remembering none-the-less. 

I will also be continuing my journey though the important local engagements of the American Revolutionary War and stories about some of the personalities involved. There will definitely be some more travel photos and night sky shots. In some ways I am going to be playing catch-up over the next month with events that I have been to this month, but with my busy schedule have not had the time to post about as of yet. 

It is all of y'all reading this blog that make this worth the effort. I promise to continue to bring you stories of my home and the rich and wonderful heritage of the Southland of my birth -- along with other things that interest me on a personal level which I hope will either amuse you, or interest you (likely a little of both).  

Once again thank you all very much and God Bless Y'all!