And the Horse You Rode in On

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There’s a grand entrance up some stone stairs, into Charleston’s city hall, and there’s a not-so-grand entrance under the stairway, into its basement. We were wondering which to use when a nice young man happened by, and said, “Welcome to … Continue reading

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The Grimke Sisters. And Zombies.

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The circa 1771 Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon is known for being haunted, but it’s not the dead who are the scariest inhabitants of the building. The Provost Dungeon part of the museum is peopled with the creepiest mannequins around.  … Continue reading

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Intro to Charleston

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“Do the Manigault House, across the street from our hotel,” I told my Charleston trip companion, Kathie. “And go to the Charleston Visitor Center, also across the street from the hotel, and get us a bus schedule.” The Joseph Manigault … Continue reading

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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…

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A Visit with Colonel Monroe

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We should all be familiar (at least the Americans) with Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze’s 1851 painting called Washington Crossing the Delaware.  But do you know the identity of the man standing behind General Washington, holding the flag?  It’s Lieutenant…

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Oracle the Park

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One of the reasons that Oracle State Park is my favorite Tucson area park are its unexpected bench plaques. Here’s another one from E. Milo and Aiga R. Loeffler. The park is in the town of Oracle, which began, in … Continue reading

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The Kannallys of Oracle, Arizona

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In 1902, a 23-year-old Chicagoan named Cornelius Kannally came to Oracle, Arizona, at the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains north of Tucson, with the hope it would help his lung issues. It did.  And once he was better, he … Continue reading

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