Friday, March 1, 2024

Palace Gate


Palace gate looks like it could use a little attention this spring.

Thursday, February 29, 2024

Bowden-Armistead House


"The Bowden-Armistead House, a three-story Greek Revival home surrounded by black wrought-iron fencing, stands out. It is an antebellum relic; the last remnant of the post-colonial homes and businesses present before the 1930s restoration of Williamsburg was finished. The house is located at 207 W. Duke of Gloucester Street, on a lot once owned by the adjacent Bruton Parish Church. Built in 1858 by prominent lawyer Lemuel J. Bowden, local gossip of the time reported its astonishing cost to be more than $10,000. The Bowden-Armistead House has ever since been a landmark on the cultural and geographic landscape of Williamsburg’s main street." -- The House & Home Magazine

Tuesday, February 27, 2024



In colonial America . . . "hooded doors or small covered entryways flanked by benches, often called stoops (from the Dutch "stoep" for step) that served as short covered transitions to and from the outdoors were common features, especially in New York and the mid-Atlantic colonies." -- Keperling Preservation Services

Monday, February 26, 2024

Virginia Fences


"New-Englanders have a saying, when a man is in liquor, he is making Virginia fences." -- Thomas Anburey (1779)

Friday, February 23, 2024



Geothermal work being conducted under partly cloudy skies on Colonial Williamsburg's Palace Green.

Linking again today with Skywatch Friday.

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

In the Garden of Beasts


I rarely re-read a book, but when I saw Larson's In the Garden of Beasts on my library's bookshelf again this past week, I knew I had to give it another go. It's just such a compelling read. William Dodd is a "mild-mannered professor from Chicago" who suddenly finds himself appointed by President Franklin Roosevelt as ambassador to Germany. The year is 1933. Hitler's rise to power is seen by many as nothing more than the proverbial flash in the pan. Only, they're wrong, and Dodd now faces extraordinary challenges as he attempts to forge respectful if not always cordial relations with Germany's Nazi leaders.

The parallels between Dodd's experience and what is happening now in the United States are truly alarming. The descent into identity politics, the lying, the violent rhetoric that often as not leads people to equally violent reactions, all are disturbingly familiar. 

I'm not quite done with my second read, but I've read enough to confirm my reasons for giving this book a second look.