This was our last day in DC, and a travel day. Our drive back to WV goes through Maryland, so we made a few stops along the way.
We drove to the National Museum of Health and Medicine in Silver Spring, Maryland, which was only about 30 minutes north of Washington, DC. This museum was specifically for me. They wanted no part of it, so they waited for me in the car. Mom read her book, and Aunt Thelma worked on her knitting. It was for the best. It is really aggravating to constantly hear how gross everything is when you are thoroughly enchanted by it. This is the building, and the words to the right of the door are really difficult to read. Also, it was really cold in the museum, maybe colder than usual in museums.
It is mostly Civil War medical treasures, which is cool to look over.
The part that made me stop and sit to reflect was the floor of Trauma Bay II from Balad, Iraq. I sat and stared at that piece of flooring for quite a while.
Once I was finished at the Health and Medicine museum we continued our road trip west, and took another stop in Frostburg, MD.
About a month ago, I went with the Swing Dancing Club to a show across the street from the hotel in the picture below. The show was awesome, and swing dancing everywhere! As we were leaving, a worker of the venue said for us to try to go to the basement of the hotel because they have a really cool “museum”. Most of the artifacts were the owner’s personal items, and he passed away recently. We walked across the street to go check it out, and were stopped by the front desk. I guess midnight was after operating hours of the museum! It didn’t even dawn on me that it would be closed, or that it was so late. Swing dancing makes everything an awesome rose-colored reality.
I planned to make a trip just to see this basement, but since the DC road trip had us driving right past….I made it a stop!
The Failingers Hotel Gunter basement didn’t disappoint at all! It had some amazing vintage items, but they need to preserve and have them in climate controlled rooms. I would hate to see see all these beautiful things become messed up due to humidity. My camera on my phone is terrible in low lighting (HTC One, otherwise great phone), so my pictures always have a red tint to them. Sorry about that. Only a few pictures came out of the museum.
I took this picture because I adore the tile floor!
The kind woman at the front desk told us a little about the history of the hotel, and let us go throughout the hotel. The entire hotel is beautiful. I would call the Hotel and the museum collection…”turn of the century vintage, heavily peppered with 1980’s grandmother”. Also, if you collect dolls, you would enjoy a few rooms they have displaying the owner’s collection.
I failed to get a picture of us at the hotel. We had to stop to get my aunt a Diet Coke before we hit the interstate, so here we are in the drive through getting her “Large Diet Coke with extra ice”. Yes, I have told her many times about the extra ice making it less drink, but it doesn’t do any good.
Another cool note about Frostburg, MD, the parking meters downtown are $0.25 for an hour! I’m used to the same quarter only being good for 20 minutes.