Bibles and Slaves

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A tall, thin man in Charleston pastels pounced on us as we approached St. Michael’s Episcopal Church.  “Do you want a tour?  It’s free.” George Washington had attended services at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Charleston during his Southern Tour … Continue reading

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The Dock Street Theatre on Church Street

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When I went to Charleston last April, I traveled with two friends who were Smithsonian staff and who were enthusiastic about a busman’s holiday going from museum to museum to museum.   This time I was with my husband, who … Continue reading

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Back in Charleston

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The folks at the South Carolina Department of Transportation are not the trusting types. During a recent road trip, we found this… …at each South Carolina rest stop. My husband and I just finished what we’re calling our “Southern Tour”: … Continue reading

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Preservation, Not Restoration

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I find value in buildings as they’ve evolved through time: no need to annihilate everything after 1800 for me. And no need to furnish houses to the max, either. I like seeing original items in historic houses, but I’d rather see … Continue reading

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A Weekend in Chocolate Land

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At the top of the tallest hill in Hershey, Pennsylvania is the Hotel Hershey. And just a few hundred feet down the hill from the hotel is the high school that my husband attended.  He used to sneak into the … Continue reading

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Annual Halloween Ghost Post: St. Augustine Lighthouse

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We were in the parlor of the keeper’s house at the St. Augustine, Florida lighthouse when my husband whispered to me, “I feel weird.” I thought he meant was sick. The rich dinner? The standing around in the heat? I … Continue reading

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President James Buchanan is often cited as the worst president in US history, for a lack of leadership — generally attributed to his waffling because he was a pro-southern northerner — that put the country on the final road to … Continue reading

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