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A South Carolina Museum Trapped in Time

The Story of Thornwell Orphanage, a short history written in 1924, portrays the the children’s home in “the beautiful little town of Clinton,” South Carolina as a peaceful spot, with attractive granite buildings and trees with “arms outstretched toward heaven.”  Each building is described in detail, from dormitories to the president’s home, to one located […]

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It’s hard to believe it now, but Chieftains, Major Ridge’s elegant white-washed estate in Rome, Georgia, started out as a rustic dogtrot cabin, with a breezeway through the middle. It’s been updated a lot since then—weather-boarding and a grand pine staircase were added in the 1820s, and in the 1920s two arch windowed wings were […]

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Hemingway in Key West

The front yard of Key West’s Hemingway Home is crawling with cats, and I like cats even less than I like Hemingway. Even if they’re of the famous six-toed variety.  I just don’t like them. I think they’re only there to lure in tourists off the Key West streets, especially the shaky-legged, fresh off the […]

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Carson McCullers in Columbus

My big travel goal is to eventually visit all the stops on the Southern Literary Trail.  I’ve been to Flannery O’Connor’s Andalusia, to Margaret Mitchell’s dump of an apartment (her word, not mine, though I can’t say I disagree).  In November we’re going to Oxford, Mississippi to finally visit William Faulkner’s Rowan Oak, even though […]

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