Penns Creek - Summer Solstice 2014
First things first. The current state of fishing on Penns Creek: sulphurs, caddis and green drakes, along with their requisite fly fisherpersons, are done and gone for the year. Over the past 3 days I encountered less than a dozen anglers along roughly 6 miles of linear stream course and it's not because the fine fishing is over for the season. It's certainly not - at least not quite yet. Water levels and temperatures are currently excellent, while Drunella lata and Isonychia bicolor mayflies (that's blue winged olives and slate drakes for you lay folks) and the large perla stoneflies are currently hatching in profusion. Pick an overcast drizzly day if you can and don't neglect the evening spinner fall. The blue winged olive spinner fall (size #16) from 1830 to 2000 hrs. has been especially impressive if your in the right place at the right time.
Summer Solstice Brown Trout
Rhododendron - rhododendron maximum
John Penns Creek
Penns Creek Brown Trout
Another Day at the Ranch
Penns Creek Massacre Memorial
Early on the morning of October 16, 1755, along what was then the western frontier of an expanding nation, a small band of Delaware Indians brutally attacked the farms of German settlers along Penns Creek at the east end of Buffalo Valley. The first settler to be attacked was farmer Jean Jacques LeRoy, who was killed and scalped by 8 Indians armed with tomahawks and rifles near the spring on his farm at the head of Sweitzers Run, a tributary to Penns Creek. They burnt his farmhouse to the ground with his tomahawked body tossed inside as a final effigy. A neighbor of LeRoy's saw the smoke and heard the commotion from a half mile away and arrived on horseback where he was promptly shot and scalped too. All told, the Delaware Indians shot, tomahawked and scalped 14 adult settlers while taking 11 prisoners that bloody October day. The scalped bodies were left behind where they were discovered the next evening by friends calling on one of the deceased families. The Penns Creek Massacre was a game changer in Pennsylvania's relationship with the previously peaceful Delaware Indians, almost instantly rendering William Penns' Treaty obsolete.
The Killing Field
Trying to conceptualize that this bucolic scene was once the site of such a gruesome atrocity defies the imagination. You can't help but be overcome with heartache and remorse, even on a splendid summer day
Around LeRoy's Spring
Scream Thy Last Scream
"John Jacob LeRoy was killed by the
Indians near this spot during the time of the
Penns Creek Massacre, October 16, 1755. This
was the first act of hostility by the
Indians of this province following the
defeat of General EDWARD BRADDOCK, July
9, 1755. A daughter of John Jacob LeRoy,
Marie and Barbara Leninger were
taken captive at this time and taken
to the Muskingum in Ohio, from which
they escaped several years later
and returned to Philadelphia."
Delicate Beauty and Grace
You can still find beauty in this world if you know where and when to look for it.
And now for a little light ambient music for your dinner interlude:
Careful With That Axe, Eugene.