Fallingwater, PA

Monday, October 16, 2017

Oct 13-16, 2017 Somerset, Pennsylvania

Started our voyage back to Houston, but a few stops on the way. First Somerset, PA for 3 days. This is about 30 mins to Shanksville, PA where flight 93 crashed on 9/11. We wanted to visit the memorial.


This is a beautiful and peaceful place. There is a visitors center where you learn about the events of the day (9/11). The dark area above is an observation deck where you can see the crash site. It is lined up in the direction the plane traveled.

From there you can see a gate, again, lined up in the direction of travel and a boulder that indicates the point of the crash. The gate is only opened on 9/11 and only family members are allowed to walk through it to the boulder.

Next to the gate is a long marble wall. Next to that, the wall is composed of individual marble slabs, each carved with the name of one of the passengers and crew. Each slab is different signifying the individuality of all the victims.


A must visit for every American...

Fallingwater is a house designed in 1935 by Frank Lloyd Wright. It was designed for a Pittsburgh department store owner who used it for a private residence and weekend home until he donated it and the surrounding 1543 acres to the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. The house has three tiers suspended over a stream that leads to a 30' waterfall. It is one of Wright's most acclaimed works, one of the most photographed homes in the world, and named one of the great works of American architecture. Since opening to the public, it has received over 5 million visitors.

This is the guesthouse...

The grounds are beautiful...

On the way to the Flight 93 Memorial and also to Fallingwater, we ran into some covered bridges. They are all over Pennsylvania. We managed to visit these...

Glessner Bridge, 1881

Trostletown Bridge, 1873

Kings Bridge, 1802

Barronvale Bridge, 1830

Lower Humbert Bridge, 1891

Short visit, so we'll have to come back...