The Sound of Music

Sunday, February 25, 2018

This past Friday night I met my friend Jane for dinner at Burger Tavern 77 which was so delicious!  After dinner, we walked across the street to Shandon Presbyterian Church to hear Elisabeth von Trapp in concert.  Elisabeth von Trapp is the granddaughter of Baron and Maria von Trapp.  Her father, Werner von Trapp, was 'Kurt' in the film Sound of Music.

She currently lives in Vermont and has concerts all over the US and Austria.  Her voice is beautiful!!  During her concert, which was just her & her guitar, she sang Edelweiss, My Favorite Things, and The Sound of Music.

It was a great concert!  I'm very glad that I was able to attend and hear Elisabeth von Trapp's beautiful music and great stories!

Happy Travels,


Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Last night I attended the first lecture in the South Carolina Archives and History Foundation's Spring Speaker Series and boy-oh-boy (do people still say that?) was it fantastic!  The lecture was titled Lafayette and the Rights of Man and was presented by Mr. William S. Davies.  To say that I knew very little about Lafayette going into this lecture was an understatement but I was ready/willing/excited to learn.  Introductions were made and the lecture began.  I was steadily taking notes but after a little while I realized that I had stopped taking notes and was completely captivated by all this new (to me) information being presented.  The lecture lasted a little over an hour but I could have listened to Mr. Davies (such a great speaker) speak about Lafayette for another hour (or more).  Lafayette was such an amazing person & it all began when he was a teenager!  (I wish I would've had that kind of drive when I was a teenager!!)  How did I not know all that Lafayette did for our country?  Did you know that almost every single state in the US has something named for Lafayette?  Fayetteville (NC), Lafayette Square (D.C.), and many more.  AND children have been named after Lafayette!  During Lafayette's grand tour of the US (1824-1825), he visited Edisto Island.  While at dinner, the host brought his newly born daughter to Lafayette and asked that he do the honor of naming her.  Lafayette named her Carolina (after the beautiful state he was in) and Lafayette (after himself for being given the honor of naming this child) Seabrook.  Her portrait hangs in the Charleston Museum. 

When the lecture ended, I knew that I would now need to learn everything possible about Lafayette!  So with that said, any Lafayette book recommendations?

The next lecture in the South Carolina Archives and History Foundation's Spring Speaker Series is The Confederate Secret Service and the speaker will be Colonel Harold Mills.  The event is scheduled for Tuesday, March 20th at 6pm and is $10.  I'll see you there!

Happy Travels,

Touring Georgia

Sunday, February 18, 2018

I had been looking forward to Saturday all week (okay, that's every week but...)!  Due to the weather and other local events taking place, we had not been on the road regularly since last year and it was just way past time for me.  My parents accompanied us on this trip which is always fun.  We had been planning this trip to Georgia last year but due to one of the sites being closed for renovations, we had to reschedule the trip until this weekend.  I love hanging out with my parents and sharing my love of history with my Dad, who loves history even more than I do (I call him my local Civil War Historian...he's a genius!).

Our trip started at 7:30am...early I know but we like to make the most of our days so early it is!  To my extreme excitement, we had time to stop at the Georgia Welcome Center and browse the PAMPHLETS!!!!!!  I had gathered so many pamphlets that my mom offered to help me carry all of them!  I looked over at my Dad and he had a arm full of pamphlets as well.  Needless to say, this family loves to travel!!

Our first exploring site was the A. H. Stephens State Historic Site in Crawfordville, GA.  A. H. (Alexander Hamilton) Stephens was the Vice President of the Confederate States of America (Jefferson Davis being the President).  Stephens' Home, Liberty Hall, may be toured (guided tour) and includes many artifacts that are original to Stephens.

Liberty Hall (aka Bachelor's Hall)
 The bust in the corner is of A. H. Stephens and was a gift from one of his students.

Stephens' favorite (most comfortable) wheelchair.  He was 5 feet 7 inches and rarely weighed over 100 pounds.  There was an accident that crushed his hip leaving one of his legs an inch shorter than the other and leaving him often times in a wheelchair.

 Of course I was drawn to's hair art.  I find hair art (& hair jewelry) fascinating!  Why isn't this something that is still done today?  It's beyond cool and an excellent way to keep a piece of your loved one with you after they have passed.
 I would love to read this booklet!

I like that this mosquito (fly or any other insect) net was on a bar in the middle of the bed instead of the more common ones you see where the net enclosing the entire bed.

 The carpets throughout the house were so bright and colorful!

A Sewing Bird aka A Grandmother's Hand.  This artifact was my favorite piece in the entire house!  It was used to hold fabric in place while the women were sewing.  I did a quick google search and some of the sewing birds have a pin cushion attached.  Again, my favorite artifact!
 This bed is located in the back room of Stephens' library (detached from the house).  It is where he was when he was arrested after the Civil War.
 The kitchen (detached from the house) included some artifacts that were new to me, like this one.  Any guesses?  It's a cherry pitter!
Pleater/Crimper Iron.
Slave Dwelling.
 After they were freed, they chose to stay with Stephens and work for him. This photo hangs over the fireplace in their home (former slave dwelling pictured above).

We finished our tour at the small museum on site.  Melanie, our tour guide, was extremely knowledgeable in the subject matter and such a kind lady.

By the end of the tour, it was time for lunch.  We ate lunch at Talk of the Town in Washington (so good!).  Our next stop was just a few blocks away so we decided to walk & I'm so glad we did because we saw...

We reached our destination:  Mary Willis Library
 Library, opened in 1889.
 The chest that is said to have contained 1/3 of the Confederate gold.

 Memorial window made by Tiffany Studios.
A cozy section of this adorable library.

Our last stop of the day was to the Robert Toombs State Historic Site.
Robert Toombs was the Secretary of State for the Confederate States of America.

 Upon arrival, we checked in and received booklets (to be returned after the tour) for our self-guided tour of the house.  After check in, we started the tour in a room in the lower level of the house where there were reader panels and then another room showing photos of restoration work.  After going through these room we went upstairs and toured the main parts of the house.  I would have enjoyed a guided tour to learn more information, but the booklet was nice and the house was beautiful!

Our day trip to Georgia was fun and we are gearing up again for some more travel in Georgia in the next few months!  Any recommendations of places to visit in Georgia?

Happy Travels,

Katharine Hepburn and Other Adventures

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

After a short traveling break, it was time to get back on the road!  I was beyond excited to load up the 'adventure buggy' and head to Greenville for the day.  Exploring Greenville seemed like a fantastic start to my 2018 traveling adventures.  The morning began with touring the Katharine Hepburn:  Dressed for Stage and Screen exhibit at the Upcountry History Museum.
Katharine Hepburn is one of the all time greatest actresses.  ALL her films are classics (in my book anyway) that I could honestly watch over and over again (I can't count how many times I've watched Woman of the Year).  Her onscreen chemistry with Spencer Tracy matches (if not exceeds, in my opinion) Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall.  She is one of my all time favorite actresses and she and Spencer Tracy are my number 1 favorite onscreen/off screen couple.

Upcountry History Museum in Greenville did an excellent job of displaying Katharine Hepburn's clothing, movie posters, and other personal items within the exhibit.

I'm sad to say that this is a traveling exhibit and closed January 14th.  However, it if ever comes to a town near you, GO!  You will not be disappointed.  (Side note:  There is an Ava Gardner Museum in Smithfield, NC.  It is worth the drive!) 
After dragging myself away from this gem of an exhibit, it was time for some lunch.  A friend (thank you, Janers) recommended Chicora Alley which was deliciously filling.  Mexican food is an option at Chicora Alley and while we love Mexican food, we opted for a burger (no bun) & sweet potato fries for me and jerk shrimp & grits for my mister (I know you are all surprised that we didn't eat tacos!).  After lunch, we took a quick walk to Falls Park.  This place is beautiful and I adore how it sits right in the middle of the city.
Isn't it beautiful?! 

I'm still on my quest of visiting every State Park in SC (& of course collecting all the State Park stamps) so off to Paris Mountain State Park we went.  Paris Mountain is a must see and a short drive from Fall Park! We had plans to do a few miles hike but it was just too cold that we did the almost mile loop around Lake Placid, explored the visitor/park center then got back in the warm car and hit the road.

Bird House

Adventure day (& early birthday outing) was fantastic! 

Do you have a favorite Katharine Hepburn film?  Any classic film recommendation?  What are your 2018 travel plans?  One of my upcoming 2018 adventures has to do with Mary Todd Lincoln (currently reading her biography)...stay tuned!

Happy Travels,