Fallingwater & Potomac Eagle Railroad Photo Blog
Tour Name: Fallingwater & Potomac Eagle Railroad
Tour Director: Patti Olson
Dates: October 13-14, 2023
Tour Director Highlights: Fall is a beautiful time to explore the Laurel Highlands and to visit Fallingwater. The trees were showing some beautiful color, and the days were cool and damp – perfect fall weather. Our group enjoyed touring the famous house and walking on the winding trails around the property before a hearty dinner in an historic restaurant and inn nearby. The next morning, very early…, we drove from Pennsylvania, through Maryland, and into West Virginia for a ride on an historic diesel train along the Potomac River. It was raining, but that just meant that there were more eagles to see along the river. We finished up our trip back in Pennsylvania at the Bedford Fall Festival. The weather map showed a huge storm cell headed there at the same time we expected to arrive, 3:00 pm, but it held off just until we had reboarded the coach heading back home. Then the rain came quickly and heavily. We were all praising God for His perfect timing! All throughout the trip, we enjoyed seeing God’s hand in nature, and we enjoyed great Christian fellowship along the way.
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A forest path winds its way down to the Falling Water house from the visitors center.
The area’s natural rock layers inspired a cantilever design for the house so it blends in with the natural environment.
Our first view of the house with all the cantilever terraces over a natural creek.
We toured the home in small groups due to the narrow hallways and small rooms inside.
The natural stone floor is varnished to reflect like water on the surface.
Small bedrooms draw people to the large, open areas with many windows to allow the outdoors to come in.
We had a great guide who shared interesting information on the house, Frank Lloyd Wright, and the family who lived here.
The house is built over a natural waterfall – hence the home’s name.
Living room stairs go right outside to the creek above the waterfall.
Brrrr. The swimming pool is fed with natural spring water.
A view from my favorite spot below the house.
We had a delicious group dinner in an historic restaurant and inn near Bedford, PA
A little crowded, but they fit us all in.
West Virginia and the Potomac Eagle railroad excursion train.
Fall leaf peepers fllled the train to capacity. There were at least 10 lines of people like this.
View of the Potomac River from a steep gorge that is only reached by the train or a boat.
Due to rain, there were many eagles out along the river, more than on sunny days.
Trees in the Bedford area were coming into full color.
The Bedford Fall Festival had 400 craft and food booths. The rain held off for the two hours that we were there.
Everyone enjoyed this festive visit.
The war memorial in Bedford along with some historic buildings.
Beautiful marble bank in downtown Bedford.
I think that we all found something to bring home!
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