2018

America In Miniature

Posted on 05/25/2018 by Nathan Lewis in New Content Releases

Fort Frederick State Park Annapolis MD, This fort served as Maryland’s frontier defense during the French and Indian War.

Today, we are excited to announce that nearly 250,000 aerial photos of Maryland are now available to search and view online. Maryland is often referred to as “Little America” and a great deal of our early history as a nation took place right here. In 1696 the King Williams School opened which was the first school in the United States. During revolutionary times Rockville was known as “Hungerford’s Tavern” the name of its most familiar landmark. One of the first calls to freedom from British rule was heard at the tavern in 1774. Maryland is one of two states which gave up some of its lands to help build the nation’s capital of Washington, D.C in 1790. Throughout the years there were a plethora of stories that directly contributed to forging a nation free from British rule. This is one of my favorites, On the morning of August 10th, 1813 residents of Saint Michaels having been forewarned of a British attack, hoisted lanterns to the masts of ships and in the tops of the trees. The height of light caused cannons to overshoot the town. This first known “blackout” was effective and only one house was struck and is now known as the “Cannonball House.” One year later America’s national anthem was written by Francis Scott Key. It is believed Key wrote the anthem on September 14th, 1814 while watching the bombardment of Fort McHenry in Baltimore Harbor.

Maryland’s little-known nickname, “America in Miniature” comes from its agriculture being as diverse as that of the nation itself. As the state has grown in population, traditional dairy, grain, and livestock production, while still active, have given way to products more directly related to consumers. Poultry, nursery and turf production, seafood, dairy, corn, soybeans, racing and pleasure horse industries now dominate Maryland agriculture. 40% of its land is in agriculture covering over 2 million acres. This area is split into nearly 13,000 farms averaging about 160 acres each. Approximately 350,000 people, including nearly 6,000 full-time farmers, are employed in some aspect of agriculture, making it the largest commercial industry in Maryland. This agricultural industry contributes more than $17 billion in revenue annually. Many of these farms, home, and businesses that have contributed so much to Marylands economy and culture have been preserved in our collection.

We invite you to come and take a look these homes and farms in our nearly 250,000 aerial photos of this great state. Home is the place where you became you. Find your way back!

The Old Dominion

Posted on 04/06/2018 by Nathan Lewis in New Content Releases

The 1987 classic film “Dirty Dancing” was filmed almost entirely at the Mountain Lake Lodge in Pembroke, Virginia

Today, we are excited to announce that over 745,000 aerial photos of Virginia are now available to search and view online. Virginia is known as “the birthplace of a nation” nicknamed “Old Dominion”. It was named for England’s “Virgin Queen,” Elizabeth I. Virginia was the 10th state added to the union and has a long history. Contrary to the common story of the famous dinner with the pilgrims, the first Thanksgiving actually took place here in 1619. With ocean access and a centralized location, almost dividing north from south, Virginia has seen the worst of the wars in our country. Patrick Henry made his “Give me Liberty or Give me Death” speech in St. John’s Church in Richmond. Eight years later The American Revolution ended with the surrender of Cornwallis in Yorktown. During the Civil war, Virginia was the site of more Civil War battles than any other state, with more than 120 major battles being fought here. That’s an average of one major battle every 12 days. Today Virginia is the “Internet Capital” with estimates that 50 to 70 percent of all Internet traffic flows through data centers located in Northern Virginia. In fact, the images you see at Vintage Aerial are served from Virginia within Amazon’s data centers there.

Jamestown, the first of the original 13 Colonies was founded for the purpose of silk cultivation. After blight fungus destroyed the mulberry trees sericulturist planted tobacco as a cash crop. Today agriculture is Virginia’s largest industry by far! The industry has an economic impact of $55 billion annually. This agricultural production is one of the most diverse in the nation. Many of Virginia’s commodities and products rank in the top 10 among all U.S. states. These include tobacco, apples, grapes, peanuts, tomatoes, and cotton. Virginia has 44,800 farms with an average size of 181 acres. Farms cover 8.1 million acres about 32 percent of Virginia’s total land area. Amazingly, Nearly 90 percent of Virginia farms are owned and operated by individuals or families. 17% of these primary farm operators are female. With this long history of family-run farms, we hope to have preserved this history and the memories attached to them in our collection.

We invite you to come and take a look these homes and farms in our over 745,000 aerial photos of this great state. Home is the place where you became you. Find your way back today!

The Meeting Place

Posted on 01/12/2018 by Nathan Lewis in New Content Releases

Fort Loudoun, Built by the British in 1756 during the French and Indian War

Today, we are excited to announce that over 323,000 aerial photos of Tennessee are now available to search and view online. The name “Tennessee” originated from the old Yuchi Indian word, “Tana-see,” meaning “The Meeting Place.” Tennessee is nicknamed “The Volunteer State”€ which it won during the War of 1812 when volunteer soldiers from Tennessee displayed great valor in the Battle of New Orleans. There is a very old and rich history here, far too much to cover in this short blog. The city of Bristol is known as the birthplace of Country Music and if you listen to Country then you know Nashville. Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry is the longest continuously running live radio program in the world. It has broadcast every Friday and Saturday night since 1925. Nashville is home to 341 recording studios and nearly 40 percent of the entire music industry is concentrated in Los Angeles, New York, and Nashville. The music made in Nashville contributes a whopping $9.7 billion within the Nashville metropolitan area.

Another major stop in Tennessee is the city of Memphis. Elvis Presley’s home called Graceland is located here and is the second most visited house in the country. Every year I take a short road trip and the last two years were Nashville and Memphis. In Memphis, we enjoyed the nightlife on Beale Street and ate some of the best BBQ I have ever had at Central BBQ. We took the Gibson Guitar Factory tour where they still hand make each guitar just as they did when they first started, this was an amazing experience.

While most commonly known for its music and history Tennessee has a strong backbone in agriculture. Tennessee farming is far from the mule-and-plow stereotype of the past. By keeping up with the technological times and embracing sustainability, agriculture and forestry have remained vital sectors in the Volunteer State, contributing $74.8 billion to Tennessee’s economy each year. Leading agricultural commodities are cattle and calves, broilers and milk, and also soybeans, corn, hay, wheat, cotton, and tobacco. With just over 67,300 farms spread across 9 million acres of land Tennessee contains many prosperous traditional farming operations. More than 349,000 Tennesseans are employed in both the agricultural and forestry industries. We invite you to come and take a look these homes and farms in our over 323,000 aerial photos of this great state. Home is the place where you became you. Find your way back today!