Wednesday, June 13, 2018

The History around You




Christina Rich here. Since I've spent the better part of the last week in some form of transportation I am going to keep this short and sweet.

On May 20th, my daughter got married, and because of that new marriage we traveled to New York so that I could meet my new son-in-law's parents. It was my first time in the Empire State and everywhere we went somebody was pointing out historical landmarks. Churches and homes where George Washington took refuge, gave speeches, and prepared plans. Islands in the middle of the Hudson with castles and mansions. Indian trails and lakes hidden in mountains.
The more places we were shown the more we heard from locals that they'd never seen the historical landmarks, which I found surprising. As an historical writer I'm always looking for cool and interesting places that enhance my visualization, especially in my own backyard.

So here is my question to you, what are some of your favorite historical sights in your hometown?

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  2. In our county there are many historical bridges around. A friend of my helped to co-author a book about them. I had no idea there were so many. It's amazing what you can find out when you start looking.

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    1. We have covered bridges in GA that are so beautiful, Mary! Love them!

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    2. I have a weird obsession with bridgesn so I think that is cool.

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  3. I loved the old time fishing shanties and the net drying racks in my hometown. There was still a lot of commercial fishing there when I was growing up, but it's mostly gone now. The surviving shanties are now mostly shops.

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    1. Ohhh, I remember the old fishing shanties along the older Mississippi. I absolutely love them. The stories they could tell.

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  4. Congratulations on your daughter's marriage. The historical site that I enjoy isn't exactly in town. It's about an hour's drive away. Tombstone, AZ.

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  5. We live in a planned community south of Atlanta. Think residential areas with trees and lakes and golf cart paths/trails.

    Interestingly, there is a grave of a Revolutionary War soldier in a green belt between a housing area and a two-lane road. My husband is retired military. He always salutes the grave to honor the fallen soldier when we pass by in our car.

    I'm not sure how the grave was found. Probably from some of the folks who restore old graves in the area. God bless them for the volunteer work they do and God bless our fallen soldier!

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  6. Portland Oregon was almost named Boston. They flip the coin and Portland won. There is a historical underground in downtown Portland I haven’t taken a tour of it yet. Back in the day they would Shanghai people through the tunnels under the city and put them on ships. Someday I plan to take a tour.

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  7. My Hometown is Baltimore, Md.. Everywhere you look there are historical buildings and museums. I love the B & O Railroad Museum and The Walters Art Gallery Museum.
    Hattiesburg, MS where I live has a African American WWII Museum that was the USO canteen for African -Americans during WWII. There are the older homes in the old downtown and the churches that have been here for about 100 years. The University Of Southern Mississippi goes back to 1910 or so.
    What I found interesting is the native Mississippians go outside of the state while there is so much history here. Vicksburg and other Civil War sites, Elvis's birth place are here. My favorite is Biloxi, MS which is on the Gulf and was a big shrimp and fish port. They had packinghouses. The Visitors Center has a museum in it that has the history. There is so much to learn since I did not grow-up were. I think every place has a lot of history. I just always look for it.

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