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War and Remembrance: the Origins of Memorial Day

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At the end of America’s bloodiest conflict, there was scarcely a household North or South that had not suffered loss. Estimates of the dead due to combat, accidents, starvation, and disease range from… Continue reading

Cinco de Mayo: It’s a Texas Thing

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Last Sunday was Cinco de Mayo and we Texans celebrated it like we are all of Hispanic heritage. Many people hold the mistaken notion that Cinco de Mayo celebrates Mexico’s independence from Spain,… Continue reading

Notre Dame: Origins of a Phoenix

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It was with horror that the world watched the famed Notre Dame Cathedral burn this week. We held our collective breath as the Paris Fire Brigade, a unit of the French Army, battled… Continue reading

Winchester House: Designed by Guilt, Superstition, or Esoteric Knowledge?

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Over the preceding weeks, we have presented American castles with odd or supernatural histories, but the subject of today’s post is by far the weirdest house in these United States. There are theories… Continue reading

Party with Your Boots On!!

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  I am going to break into my series on American castles to share a taste of true Texas heritage and tradition. As the saying goes, I was not born in Texas, but I got… Continue reading

Hearst Castle: A House Fit for a Mistress

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    He was a 56 year old publishing magnate. She was a 22 year old silent film actress and comedian. It is believed they met long before the affair began, but once… Continue reading

The Bishop’s Palace: the American Castle that Survived a Killer

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At 1402 Broadway on Texas’s Galveston Island sits a castle that the American Institute of Architects has cited as among America’s 100 most important buildings. In addition to its ornate Victorian exterior replete… Continue reading

Nottoway Plantation: Spirits of the White Castle on the Mississippi

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53,000 sq. ft., 64 rooms, 7 stairways, 22 massive exterior columns, 12 hand-carved marble fireplaces, 15 1/2 foot ceilings, 5 galleries, and double front entry steps with a boot scraper indicating the gentlemen’s… Continue reading

From Our Homes to Yours

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Regular posts will resume on January 4, 2019. Until then, From Becky, Caroline, and Linda!   And if you are looking for something light and entertaining to read, take a look at the… Continue reading

Bacon’s Castle: America’s Oldest Brick Residence and the Ghosts that Haunt It

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What a difference a few decades can make. When colonists arrived at the site that would become Jamestown, Virginia, they encountered a pristine wilderness. By 1665, the colony would boast its own castle.… Continue reading