Guns n' Geraniums
Guns n' Geraniums
photo by: Ken W. Watson, 2007

The contrast between the gun slits in the defensible lockmaster's house at Davis Lock and the flowers caught my eye. In 1842, when the defensible lockmaster's house was built, the concern was invading Americans. The house was built with this in mind, on the top of the hill with a commanding view of the lock and its approaches. It has stone walls, gun slits and a tin roof - all to allow the lockmaster and local militia to defend the lock if necessary.

Over time the use of the building evolved, up to the mid-20th century it was the home for the local lockmaster. In the 1970s the building was restored back to its 1840s appearance. The lock staff have worked to pretty up the spot, creating flower beds where they can, so that today this spot welcomes invading Americans.

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