Travel Log

  • Day 16 of Jacob's Journey: A New Invention

    Posted on June 26, 2012

    June 6, 1819

    Traveling by horseback (or, for the well-to-do, horse and buggy) sure gives a man a lot of time to think. As Pioneer and I made our way into Pittsburgh, I had this crazy idea to fiddle with another possible invention, a toaster like no other. I found a local blacksmith and bartered with him for some scrap tin and stainless-steel. By the end of the hot and humid summer day, low and behold, I had assembled a contraption like no other. I decided to call it the Pioneer Folding Toaster. Compact, I thought, “What a great way to take a toaster anywhere, anytime you are in the mood for breakfast toast with butter, warmed bread to accompany any meal, or making delicious sandwiches (including peanut butter and jelly!) for a country camper, such as I, who’s always on the go making business deals or visiting relatives and dear friends”. Take a look-see at my family invention right here. You’ll be mighty glad you did...I can promise you that!

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  • Day 14 of Jacob's Journey: S'mores and More

    Posted on June 20, 2012


    June 4, 1819

    There's nothing quite like the smells of food being grilled over an open fire. I was reminded of that a few days out of Berekely Springs when I visited a local butcher shop and picked up a few pork sausages. With the summer air weighing hotter and heavier than a newly minted horseshoe, there was no time to waste: these sausages needed to be in the belly before they spoiled. So with a pair of sticks, I enjoyed a mid-afternoon lunch of sausages, molasses beans and cornbread that Mrs. Thorgmorton gave me before continuing on my trip.

    But the best part of my meal were the s'mores, a classic summertime treat. Crispy toasted marshmallows with melted chocolate and graham crackers...just the substance this tired traveling man needed to spend another day in the saddle!

    You can easily make s'mores and more with my Ohio BBQ Skewers. They'll be suiting folks who want to cook hotdogs, toast marshmallows, or grill chicken, pork, vegetables and more on their grill or over an open flame. And if you're looking for some ingenious new twists on the classic s'mores recipe, check out this link from the Huffington Post. Time to get that fire stoked!

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  • Day 11 of Jacob's Journey: The First American Camping Trip

    Posted on June 6, 2012

    Gunner Military Camp, circa 1863 (photo via

    June 1, 1819

    Dear readers, imagine the crackling of a campfire in the quiet open plains, the slow popping of succulent popcorn, and the telling of family know, there's few finer things in life that can compare to camping. It's one of my favorite outdoor activities, even though organized camping as Americans recognize it didn't really originate until 1861. For it was during that year that the Gunnery Camp was founded. The Gunnery Camp is considered the first organized American camp. Frederick W. Gunn and his wife, Abigail, operated a home school for boys in Washington, Connecticut. In 1862, they took the whole school on a two-week trip. The class hiked to their destination and then set up their campground. The students spent their time boating, fishing, and trapping. Everyone had such a humdinger of a time that the Gunns continued the tradition for twelve years.

    Camping season is now officially here, and if you need to refresh your stock of camping equipment, then you've come to the right place! Jacob Bromwell makes a variety of camping necessities from heavy duty frying pans (one of our customers says that when you drop a Jacob Bromwell frying pan on your foot, you'll know it!) to rugged utensils to contraptions that help you toast bread and marshmallows. But don't take my word for it; visit the campfire section of our site to see what we've got in store. See you 'round the campground!

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