|The saw mill is immediately in the foreground at Brooke|
I completed a bunch of tasks in pursuit of that objective over the three-day weekend. The highlights include nearly finishing the Tobacco Prizery, installing the saw mill and scratch built steam engine, installing the sawyers's work shed, installing the water tower, touching up most of the figures to fix damage from handling, adding grass and scenery to the area near the tunnel portal, finishing installing the split rail fences, and making a sign for the Spotswood Inn.
The steam engine is skid-mounted with an external drive wheel. I based it on a photo of a similar engine shown in one of Andrew Russell's photos in Alexandria. I believe the tank on top is for water. Most of the parts were laser cut except for the steam dome. The dome I turned on my lathe. I could not spot a governor on the engine in the photo, and I forgot to add the valve control rod, but otherwise I am pleased with how it came out.
The saw mill is recycled from McCooks Landing. Since it was inside a background building on that layout , it was not very detailed. I need to add some of the pulleys and other controls for the slide now that it is in the foreground. Haupt mentions in his memoirs installing a saw mill to cut lumber for the bridges, but he did not specify where the saw mill was located. I put it at Brooke as it was the place where I had the most level ground other than at Aquia Landing.
The Inn is named after Alexander Spotswood, a prominent Governor of Virginia. He was a very interesting person involved in military operations, establishing iron works and building the Virginia Colonial mansion at Williamsburg. He died in 1740. I made the sign on my laser and used a picture of Governor Spotswood off Wikipedia
The flag is another McCooks recycled item. I added it to the Inn via a hole drilled in the center column.
The brick mill is a Tobacco Prizery. It is based on a similar building in Brooklyn, Va, a tobacco factory in a rural location. I added the cupola and weathervane to jazz it up a little bit. It still needs to be installed in its site and have loading docks added to it.
The water tower also came from McCook's Landing. I love how it fits in that spot.
The oxen are recycled from McCooks. I swapped out the boiler on the wagon with some logs for the saw mill. The saw mill is in the foreground. I may need to install a plexiglass shield to protect it against wayward elbows and sleeves.