This artifact is interesting and we have a had a few guesses including a cane topper and a part of a small mirror.
(Photo Credit: Kelly Palich)
This artifact is made of carved bone, and fused together with an iron bar inside. It appears to have an area where a mirror could have rested. It dates from approximately the 1880s from the Patapsco Female Institute, which was a boarding school for high school and middle school aged girls from 1837-1890. This could have belonged to a former student or a teacher. I wonder if the superstition about broken mirrors was around back then!
Today I had the pleasure of witnessing the rare occurrence of snow in the lowcountry! It truly was surreal and beautiful. I will post more photos later in the week but at least wanted to share a few from the apartment on West Jones St where my fiancé and I are staying through this week. I saw a light dusting of snow here in early 2010 but it was nothing compared to what happened today. The news was saying 1.5” but we walked around Forsyth Park and there was probably close to 3” on the ground. Since this is so rare the city does not have snow plows or salt trucks and the roads are so icy now after dark! Tomorrow it should be 40 degrees as a high and a lot of this may be melted away but mind is still blown!
As I waited for a wedding rental to get set up this morning, I walked around the Patapsco Female Jnstitute grounds to a place a have never been up close. There is a large pile of bricks off to the side in an overgrown area, I am guessing left over from the stabilization project. They are not modern day bricks, but I saw something I have never come across before: a brownish white brick with the word UNION imprinted on its face. A quick web search yielded nothing so I am hoping when I have time to delve a little deeper I will find out more !
Equal parts oyster shell, sand, water and lime, examples of the concrete material known as tabby can still be seen throughout the Lowcountry. In particular this blog will focus on St. Simon’s Island, GA and the surrounding area. From the first time I noticed this unique material, I was fascinated. Functional and vernacular, the abundance of oysters in this area created a striking sight as I traversed a wooded area in Tolomato Island, GA that was home to the ruins of a former sugar plantation and rum distillery known as ‘The Thicket.’
Relaxing at my aunt and uncle’s house in Groton, MA. This house was built in 1897. I always loved comIng up here as a kid and I still do. This whole town has many stunning old homes and buildings, a refreshing and much needed change of pace
I remember being 16 years old and it was Father’s Day weekend. My mom told me our whole family was going to this German place that played polka music and had plenty of German fare. Well not too many teenagers are going to be thrilled about the prospect of polka dancing, and I have never liked any kind of Weißwurst, bratwurst, weinerschnitzel, sauerkraut, etc. As much as I love speaking German, watching German films and visiting the German speaking countries, I was not thrilled about this family trip. What I didn’t know was just how much of a fun adventure this outing would be. Continue reading “The Last Polka at Blob’s Park: Our Final Evening at a Legendary Bavarian Wonderland”→
From the weighing of fate an the sad discussion of sin,
By the length and the breadth and the sweep of the marshes of Glynn.” – Sidney Lanier, 1878
So wrote Sidney Lanier over a century ago about his beloved South, and today this feeling continues along the land still untouched by development. St. Simon’s Island, in Glynn County, GA is a magical place that holds a great deal of relevance to my life. This is one of the most calming places I have ever spent time in. The island has its share of modern development but there is still enough wild land to keep the same picture Lanier had of this region so long ago. Continue reading “The captivating salt marshes of St. Simons Island, GA: My Happy Place”→