Oct 5, 2013 · 1:00 PM
At the last meet-up I mentioned a photographic day trip to the Lonaconing Silk Mill. Well, I got it scheduled. Lonaconing Md. is about a 2 1/2 hour drive from Pittsburgh (depending on where you live). The mill closed its doors in Sept. of 1957 do to a worker strike and everything is left just as it was since that day.
The person getting us access is a photographer named Dave Hammaker.. He sets up tours like this at several locations. I went on one several months ago and had a great time.
There is a fee involved, $135.00. $35.00 goes to Mr. Hammaker for arranging access and $100.00 goes to the owner to help in the preservation of the property. In order for this to happen we need a minimum of 10 people to attend. If you would like to go you will need to send a check for $35.00 to Mr. Hammaker at Dave Hammaker Photography, LLC. P.O. Box 313, East Freedom, Pa. 16637. If you would like to pay by credit or debit card, you can contact Mr. Hammaker at [masked] and he will give you info on how to pay through PayPal or by credit card. The $100.00 is to be paid in cash to the owner of the property the day of the shoot.
I would like to make this a whole weekend shoot. Personally, I am going down Friday morning and plan to do some shooting on the way and then get a room for Friday. Saturday, shoot in the morning and do the mill in the afternoon. Sunday, shoot in the morning and then head home. I'm sure there are some interesting things to find in the area. If anybody would like to do the same that would be great. I will add more details later.