The Bridge Builder

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Victorian England, as I pointed out in my earlier post, The Pastry Chef, produced a bumper crop of genuine characters: rogues, villains, explorers, heroes, geniuses, entrepreneurs, and colorful eccentrics. This week I highlight a… Continue reading

Dr. Samuel Mudd–Co-Conspirator or Innocent Doctor?

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In my last installment on this site, I discussed Mary Surratt and her relationship to John Wilkes Booth. As a side note, I mentioned that Samuel Mudd knew Mr. Booth at least one… Continue reading

When Being Civilized Was Not Enough

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War bonnets, teepees, Appaloosa ponies, and a nomadic lifestyle – these are the images that have been promoted of Native Americans living prior to the 20th Century. And for the tribes of the… Continue reading

After the Bonnie Prince—the Jacobite Succession

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…lonely cairns are o’er the men,  Who fought and died for Charlie!                         Sound the Pibroch, traditional ballad If the men who fell at Culloden lie under lonely cairns, where is Bonnie Prince… Continue reading

Mary Elizabeth Surratt–Co-Conspirator, Starstruck Fangirl or Helicopter Mom?

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Before Mary Surratt gained the dubious distinction of becoming the first female to be executed by the United States federal government, in 1865, she was the owner of a boarding house in Washington,… Continue reading

Living History: The Funk Heritage Center, Part II

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Chattooga, Talulah, Toccoa, Hiawassee, Elijah, Waleska, Etowah, Chattahoochee, Enota, Amicalola, Dahlonega, Chickamauga The long ago, original inhabitants of Georgia’s northern counties, lying between Atlanta and Chattanooga, Tennessee, live on in the names they… Continue reading

The Pastry Chef

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As England slipped from the Georgian era into the Victorian and the sun no longer set on the British Empire, the country produced a bumper crop of interesting people: rogues, villains, explorers, heroes,… Continue reading

Seeds of Survival, Bernard McMahon’s Contribution to America

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I started to write this post about the gardens of Monticello, located near Charlottesville, VA, and home of our nation’s third president, Thomas Jefferson. But the more I read about how his vast estate… Continue reading

Living History: Funk Heritage Center Preserving the Past for the Future, Part I

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In a beautiful corner of northwest Cherokee County, Georgia lies Waleska, a village that boasts one traffic light and the United Methodist associated Reinhardt University. I could write volumes about what the college… Continue reading

Where the Roads of Imagination Lead

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If fiction fuels the mind, historical fiction poured jet fuel into mine from early on. It created a lifelong fascination with history and pushed me to question everything I read. Why question? At… Continue reading