Old Ruins - for Gnatbytes

by Liz November. 28, 2008 9625 views

Ruins in Valley Forge National Park. I've seen it stated that this was the first bottling plant of Hires Root Beer, but a long and tedious google search turned up nothing but anecdotal comments to this effect. There's no doubt that Charles Hires, the inventor and founder of Hires Root Beer, was a local Philadelphia success story, but every report I could find had his company's bottling plant and offices located on Arch Street in Philadelphia, a location that makes far more sense than the then wilderness of Valley Forge.

But, the building may very well have been some sort of bottling plant, it's built directly over top of a natural spring from which a steady stream of water flows down to Valley Creek. Hard to imagine why else someone would build over a spring. Anyway, apart from some obvious meddling by the Park Service to keep people from collecting water from the spring, and to channel it under and away from the hiking path, the place is being allowed to disintegrate naturally. Sorry for the lousy photos, it was a dreary day! Note to self - go back on a sunshine and blue sky day! ;)

Ruins of what's thought to be an old bottling plant in Valley Forge Park. The yellow blaze on the tree is a trail marking for the Horseshoe Trail.

Ah, there's a doorway hiding behind that tree. Let's go in.

The “interior” (I use that term loosely, for obvious reasons!). To the right is an archway with a narrow corridor running back to where a natural spring comes out of the ground. The grill in the foreground is obviously a Park Service addition to keep people out of the spring water. A pipe (the white line thru the doorway lower left) then directs the spring outside and under the path, where it flows to Valley Creek.

The previously mentionned gated off spring waters, and the arched corridor. I did peek in, it's basically a corridor that goes 5 or 6 feet back, then turns right for another 6-8 feet. The spring waters flowed out of the ground somewhere in that back corner.

Sorry, horrible angle, this is the spring water flowing out under the archway.

The water was clearly intended to flow thru that pipe, but water always finds its own way, and prefers a crevice in the stone wall.

View of the building from the lower end.

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Chelsea 8 years, 5 months ago

That is a great little set! Looked like a perfect day for adventure

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Sara G 8 years, 5 months ago

Really interesting, nice photos. I love old ruins...can just imagine...

8 years, 5 months ago Edited
Jannie 8 years, 5 months ago

Wow, cool old stone building. Great reportage! Excellent photos.

8 years, 5 months ago Edited
Mel 8 years, 5 months ago

For some reason this set made me feel really kinda sad. Great set.

8 years, 5 months ago Edited
Neil 8 years, 5 months ago

I think you did a great job, looks like a neat place to visit , nice shots. cd

8 years, 5 months ago Edited
Michel Beroard 8 years, 5 months ago

I noticed fresh water. Nice.

8 years, 5 months ago Edited
Lostaspens Dad 8 years, 5 months ago

What an interesting old ruin and reportage

8 years, 5 months ago Edited
Lynda 8 years, 5 months ago

Oh ?? I do like the tour. Great set.

8 years, 5 months ago Edited
Beth 8 years, 5 months ago

Cool set!

8 years, 5 months ago Edited
Finbarr 8 years, 5 months ago

great post !!! well done!!!!!

8 years, 5 months ago Edited
Laura 8 years, 5 months ago

"Ruins" is one of my favourite photographic subjects.... Very well done... Great post!

8 years, 5 months ago Edited
Gillian 8 years, 5 months ago

What a great place with atmosphere to take photos, well done.

8 years, 5 months ago Edited
Jack 8 years, 5 months ago

Beautiful set....

8 years, 5 months ago Edited
Leocheung 8 years, 5 months ago

Interesting journey. Good shots.

8 years, 5 months ago Edited
Eric J H Joyce 8 years, 5 months ago

Great set, I think it would be a blast if we went out on a shot in the future.

8 years, 5 months ago Edited
Tom 8 years, 5 months ago

Very cool Liz, I actually like all the shots the weather gave it more of a mystery effect, fantastic reportage to with the photos :)

8 years, 5 months ago Edited
Sendao 8 years, 5 months ago

wow!Ireally like this kind of photos!
vote for first and last.great work!

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