I Am Impressed

This gallery contains 5 photos.

Heave, ho, heave, ho.  I was pulling on a rope with about 15 other people, trying to raise a sail on a British Navy schooner.  It was June 1814, and we were about to engage in the Battle of St. … Continue reading

Gallery | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

The Flow of History at Strawbery Banke

This gallery contains 4 photos.

“If General Washington were to visit you,” I said to Mrs. Stavers, the tavern keeper’s wife at Pitt Tavern in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, “where would you entertain him?”  It was 1777 at the tavern and George Washington wouldn’t be doing … Continue reading

Gallery | Tagged | 10 Comments

Captive at the Independence Museum

This gallery contains 4 photos.

It was a History Tourist first: we were inadvertently locked into Folsom Tavern with two guides.  Not that I’m complaining.  I think that’s part of the appeal of small museums, that they’re not as regimented and sterile as large ones … Continue reading

Gallery | Tagged , , | 8 Comments

The Deerfield Inn

This gallery contains 4 photos.

“We have to stay at the Deerfield Inn,” said Kathie.  “It’s the only place in town.  We have to eat there too — no other restaurants.”  She meant places that were convenient to Historic Deerfield — there actually are other … Continue reading

Gallery | Tagged , , | 6 Comments

Servants for Life

This gallery contains 3 photos.

Here in the south, the African slave trade is such an integral part of most historic narratives that it’s hard to imagine touring a historic site without some mention of it.  So I noticed when I heard nary a word about … Continue reading

Gallery | Tagged , , , | 4 Comments

The Deerfield Post Office

This gallery contains 4 photos.

Kathie immediately veered toward a wooden drop leaf table at one end of the room and peered at it closely “I think it’s really 19th century,” she said.  Since we’d last met, Kathie had traded her meticulously restored 18th century … Continue reading

Gallery | Tagged , | 5 Comments

Killer Croquet with Jay Gatsby

This gallery contains 7 photos.

I walked into the Inn at Shelburne Farms in Vermont and found it exactly as I’d left it, over 20 years before.  The dark green velvet sofa (rather lumpy, because it’s been in the house since 1899), the huge family … Continue reading

Gallery | Tagged , , | 10 Comments