A Quick Guide to the Gettysburg National Military Park

IMG_4603-590The stone wall near Cemetery Ridge

It’s all now you see. Yesterday won’t be over until tomorrow and tomorrow began ten thousand years ago. For every Southern boy fourteen years old, not once but whenever he wants it, there is the instant when it’s still not yet two o’clock on that July afternoon in 1863…

William Faulkner, p. 190 in my edition of Intruder in the Dust

While we tend to concentrate our own family travel on those places our clients love – Disney, the Carolina Coast, Sandals, the Caribbean – we occasionally make a trip to a spot off of our own beaten track.

A few weeks ago for Easter, we visited friends in Reisterstown, Maryland, a community west of Baltimore. [Read more…]

Thinking about Thanksgiving…

Jamestown

The whole of the United States has Thanksgiving on the mind over this long weekend, and the Southeast is no exception.

That said, the occasional deliberately-thinking Southerner will tell you – usually in hushed tones – that a thanksgiving celebration took place in the Jamestown settlement near the mouth of Virginia’s James River more than a decade before the Plymouth Puritans were feasting up north. [Read more…]