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Thursday Doors: May 5, 2016

Antebellum Trail, Madison, GA

Antebellum Trail, Madison, GA

Today, for our look at DOORS, we’re visiting Madison, Georgia, population 3,636. The Historic District in Madison is one of the largest in the state with almost 100 antebellum homes (homes built prior to the American Civil War) that to this day are still lovingly cared for and lived in. Most have never been sold, but passed along in the family. Madison is featured on Georgia’s Antebellum Trail (The Antebellum Trail is a 100 mile trek through seven historic communities that escaped Sherman’s burning march through Georgia, during the Civil War)  Madison has been voted “The Prettiest Small Town in America.”

Georgia Antebellum Trail

Location of Georgia Antebellum Trail

Georgia Antebellum Trail

Towns on Georgia Antebellum Trail

First we have to get there! Just follow the country road and go through the covered bridge. There are not too many of these left either!

Covered Bridge near Madison, Georgia

Covered Bridge near Madison, Georgia

Covered Bridge near Madison, Georgia

Covered Bridge near Madison, Georgia

Entering Madison, first there is the business district, so well preserved on a town square.

Madison, Georgia Courthouse and Town Hall

Madison, Georgia County Courthouse and Town Hall

Chamber of Commerce, Madison, Georgia

Chamber of Commerce, Madison, Georgia

The Pink Petit Jardin, Madison, Georgia

The Pink Petit Jardin, Madison, Georgia

The SchoolHouse, Madison, Georgia

The SchoolHouse, Madison, Georgia

In Madison, they make it easy to look at some of the homes, just follow the Wellness Trail!

Wellness Trail, Madison, Georgia

Wellness Trail, Madison, Georgia

No, I didn’t take a photo of every house, but I should have. And I photographed the entire site so you could get an idea of the architecture and size of the dwelling. I don’t have the correct southern drawl to just walk up to the front of the house like I’m a long lost relative! Most of the homes also sit on lovely lots of many acres, that were former plantations.  In 1890, the population was 2,131, and the town boasted of an oil mill, a soap factory, a fertilizer factory, four steam ginneries, two carriage factories, a furniture factory, a grist and flour mill, bottling works, a distillery with a capacity of 120 gallons a day, an ice factory, a canning factory, a bank with a capital of $75,000 and a number of individual businesses! They were very well off I’d say! AND the homes reveal just how wealthy they were!

The Big House, Madison, Georgia

The Big House, Madison, Georgia

The Cottage Next to the Big House, Madison, Georgia

The Cottage Next to the Big House, Madison, Georgia

Madison was founded in 1807 and was named for President James Madison. It was described as “the most cultured and aristocratic town on the stagecoach route from Charleston to New Orleans.” Many believe that General William Tecumseh Sherman spared the town because it was too beautiful to burn down during his March to the Sea, but in truth Madison was home to pro-Union Senator Joshua Hill, who had ties with Sherman’s brother at West Point. It’s not what you know, but who you know, that counted here!

Madison, Georgia

The Pale Blue Home, Madison, Georgia

Madison, Georgia

Madison, Georgia

This one is getting an Up-Do!

Madison, Georgia

Madison, Georgia

 I hope you enjoyed our stroll through town. I am dividing this post into two sections, because there were so many great doors! Next week the Cottages of Madison, those for the regular folk! See you there!

This is just one of many photos in the Thursday Door Collection featured by Norm2.0!   Won’t you join in or take a peak at all the doors?

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Red and Yellow

Strawberry Waffles at Saturday Market, Carmel, IN

Strawberry Waffles at Saturday Market, Carmel, IN

Food! How can you go wrong with colorful food? We Eat With Our Eyes! It’s that time of year when it is fun to eat outside at the markets and street fairs!

Piada Italian Street Food, Carmel, IN

Piada Italian Street Food, Carmel, IN

 

Won’t you join in? I’m doing Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge!

 

One Word Photo Challenge: Box

Boxes and Boxes of Seed Packs

Boxes and Boxes of Seed Packs at Renfrow General Merchandise, Matthews, NC

Seed Boxes

Seed Boxes at Renfrow General Merchandise, Matthews, NC

During a Photography Meet-Up Group Day I took a stroll through the town of Matthews, NC.

Matthews was an unspoiled rolling woodland with large strands of trees; the ancestral home of the Waxhaw and Catawba Indians. By the 1800’s this rich and fertile land attracted settlers, who were mainly farmers. The farmers began clearing the land and cotton grew well and became the primary cash crop. As the land was cleared for planting there were so many tree stumps left standing, that the early settlement was called unofficially Stumptown!

Box Shaped Store Fronts in Mathews, NC

Box Shaped Store Fronts in Matthews, NC

Box Shaped Store Fronts in Mathews, NC

Box Shaped Store Fronts in Matthews, NC

The Bicycle Shop

The Bicycle Shop, Matthews, NC

Most of the main street shops are in the shape of boxes. There is still a general merchandise store that sells everything! Well for planting that is!  If you need ANY type of Seed this is the place for you! Have fun as you look around the small town of Matthews. Lots of boxes here and some outside the box images too!

Renfrow General Merchandise Store, Matthews, NC

Renfrow General Merchandise Store, Matthews, NC

Renfrow Hardware and General Merchandise, Matthews, NC

Renfrow Hardware and General Merchandise, Matthews, NC

Outside Renfrow General Store, Matthews, N

Outside Renfrow General Store, Matthews, NC

 Renfrow General Store, Matthews, N

Renfrow General Store, Matthews, NC

Renfrow General Store, Matthews, NC

Renfrow General Store, Matthews, NC

Renfrow General Merchandise got its start before 1900 with Thomas Jefferson “Captain” Renfrow, a mining engineer.  Renfrow came to Matthews after the Civil War and opened the Rea gold mine.  A movie theater is built upon one of the mine shaft’s openings.  As the mine became successful, Renfrow purchased farmland and oversaw a flourishing cotton farm, later becoming a cotton ginner and broker.  Renfrow began ginning cotton in 1906 and at one point had four gins operating in one building. The Renfrow General Merchandise Store is an American icon! And one last look at another photo; the BOXcar!

BOXcar, in Matthews, NC

BOXcar, in Matthews, NC

Look here to participate the One Word Photo Challenge presented by Jennifer Nicole Wells!

One Word Photo Challenge: Lemon Two

For elegance and romance, celebrate at the Inn at Little Washington! FABULOUS!

My Birthday Celebration at the Inn at Little Washington LEMON ALL AROUND

My Birthday Celebration at the Inn at Little Washington LEMON ALL AROUND

Photography 101: Day 19, Double

Two old friends in conversation and relaxing with wine in Charleston, South Carolina! The Double Duo! Today’s assignment twosie’s! Notice the bottle tree? It is believed that the spirits are dazzled by the colors of the bottles in the sun. Once they enter the bottle, they can’t find their way out, much like flies. Legend had it that empty glass bottles placed outside the home could “capture” roving (usually evil) spirits at night, and the spirit would be destroyed the next day in the sunshine. Enjoy!

Two Old Friends, Charleston, SC

Two Old Friends, Charleston, SC

Photography 101: Day 2, Street

Two weeks ago I was in my favorite city, Quebec City, Canada! I love this shot in Bas-Ville and the view of the street that is now closed off to vehicular traffic. Notice the cruise ship in the background? Enjoy!

Photography 101: Street

Photography 101: Street Quebec City, Canada

Quebec City Town Hall, All Dressed Up for Fall

The Ship is Moored and Awaiting the Harvest! Quebec City, Canada

The Ship is Moored and Awaiting the Harvest! Quebec City, Canada

The new underground parking lot at Town Hall has been completed. There is now a lively garden area on top of the underground parking complex and it is the perfect spot to spend a fall afternoon! This year the focus of the park surrounds a sunken pool area, where a replica old sailing ship is moored among the fields of the harvest. Every year I can’t wait to see the adventure that awaits at Town Hall! Using the same props from year to year the displays created are always a new design. Hats off to all the workers and designers who make these displays possible! It is what sets Quebec City as the premier city  in North America!  Let’s load up the Harvest! Quebec City goes all out to decorate their city for Fall. What fun! Enjoy!

The Welcome Sign at the Public Market during Fall Days in Quebec City, Canada

The Welcome Sign at the Public Market during Fall Days in Quebec City, Canada

Can Mums be More Beautiful? Quebec City, Canada

Can Mums be More Beautiful? Quebec City, Canada

Gotta Have the Spooky Tree! Quebec City, Canada

Gotta Have the Spooky Tree! Quebec City, Canada

Gotta Have the Spooky Tree! Quebec City, Canada

Gotta Have the Spooky Tree in a Field of Pumpkins! Quebec City, Canada

Stacks of Pumpkins, Quebec City, Canada

Stacks of Pumpkins from a Vintage Truck, Quebec City, Canada

A Maiden in the Garden! Quebec City, Canada

A Maiden in the Garden! Quebec City, Canada

A Vintage Tractor in the Fields of Pumpkins, Quebec City, Canada

A Vintage Tractor in the Fields of Pumpkins, Quebec City, Canada

The Mums of Quebec City, Canada

The Mums of Quebec City, Canada!

Carefully Planned Fields of Pumpkins, Wheat, and Mums, Quebec City, Canada

Carefully Planned Fields of Pumpkins, Wheat, and Mums, Quebec City, Canada

A Farmer in the Field, Quebec City, Canada

A Farmer in the Field, Quebec City, Canada

Rows and Rows of Pumpkins! Quebec City, Canada

Rows and Rows of Pumpkins! Quebec City, Canada

The Sunflower Fields Surrounding the Harvest Ship, Quebec City, Canada

The Sunflower Fields Surrounding the Harvest Ship, Quebec City, Canada

The Harvest Ship, Quebec City, Canada

The Harvest Ship, Quebec City, Canada

The Harvest Ship, Quebec City, Canada

The Harvest Ship, Quebec City, Canada

The Harvest Ship Is Ready to Load!, Quebec City, Canada

The Harvest Ship Is Ready to Load!, Quebec City, Canada

The Back Side of the Harvest Ship, Quebec City, Canada

The Back Side of the Harvest Ship, Quebec City, Canada

Giant Red Pots of Blooms in the Park! Quebec City, Canada

Giant, Giant Red Pots of Blooms in the Park! Quebec City, Canada

Giant Red Pots of Blooms in the Park! Quebec City, Canada

Giant Red Pots of Blooms in the Park! Quebec City, Canada

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Sign

I’m Back! We had the most wonderful time in Quebec City! More posts to come about Thanksgiving weekend in my favorite place! Won’t you join me? I’m ready for fall!

A Furrier Sign in Quebec City, Canada

A Furrier Sign in Quebec City, Canada

A Lingering Look at Architecture: Open

It’s summertime and the bike shops are OPEN! This is Mojo Bicycle Shop, Matthews, NC. Check out other entries at “ A Lingering Look at Architecture.” Enjoy!

Mojo Bicycle Shop, Matthews, NC

Mojo Bicycle Shop, Matthews, NC

Absinthe, Pirates, History and the NOLA Charm

St Louis Cathedral

St Louis Cathedral

There are two ways to get to the center of  The French Quarter from our spot in Marigny; stroll the seven blocks on Chartres St to St Louis Cathedral or take the Loyola-UPT Streetcar that ends near us at the French Market.

The French Market Streetcar

The French Market Streetcar

During our stay we do both. From the French Market  we get off the streetcar at Dumaine St and walk a couple of blocks to our first stop, the Cafe Du Monde, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week!

Cafe Du Monde

Cafe Du Monde

A large area of indoor/outdoor seating, the cafe is packed. The menus are imprinted on the napkin holders. The choices are coffee, soft drinks, orange juice and two sizes of beignets, either 3 or 6, smothered in powdered sugar. That’s it! I really can’t see what the hub-bub about the place is, but every time we passed by the cafe it was full. It’s been a landmark in New Orleans since 1862. 

Jackson Square

Jackson Square

 

Jackson Square, NOLA

Jackson Square, NOLA

Continuing on we come to Jackson Square and behind that the beautiful St Louis Cathedral, the oldest continuously operating church in the US, built in 1720, rebuilt in 1789, becoming a cathedral in 1794.

St Louis Cathedral, NOLA

St Louis Cathedral, NOLA

St Louis Cathedral, NOLA

St Louis Cathedral, NOLA

In front of the church on a wide band of street there are small booths of fortune tellers, ice cream vendors and musicians. Stepping inside the church we get relief from the heat and humidity which is quickly rising.  Leaving the church and turning right  and then right again we are on a small cobblestoned alley with St Anthony’s Garden behind the church. This alley is known to the locals as Pirates Alley. 600 feet long and 16 feet wide it is not listed on many of the maps of the French Quarter. The smell of New Orleans is more intense here, a smell of damp vegetation and a faint woodiness lingering with the latin rhythms, salsa music and blues coming from the corner.  This corner was infamous for settling duels and debts of honor.  Jean Lafitte, the famous pirate, who provided services to any country at war against another by attacking their ships, brought the booty to town and the goods were sold in the alley. Eventually the Spanish Colonial Prison called the Calabozo was built on this corner in 1769. Lafitte and his men were jailed here by Governor Claiborne of New Orleans.  The prison was demolished in 1837, and the land was sold to make a long creole house which was the home of William Faulkner, where he wrote his first novel ”Soldiers Pay.”  The creole house is now home to the Faulkner House Books. Now at the intersection of Pirates Alley and Cabildo Alley, where the prison was, is the Pirates Alley Cafe, known for caribbean drinks and absinthe.

Pirates Alley Cafe

Pirates Alley Cafe

Traditional absinthe was made of anise, fennel and wormwood (a plant) with added herbs and flowers making it green in color. The herbs and spices were soaked in alcohol and then distilled. The drink called la fée verte, (Green fairy) in French, was thought to be highly hallucinative also. Yes, drinking a couple of those today one might see fairies and pirates! 

One afternoon, not far from Pirates Alley, we made our way to the Grape Vine Wine Bar and Bistro. We spent a lovely afternoon wine tasting and choosing cheeses from the cheese board. Then we were served large portions of appetizers. I had the crab cakes and they were fabulous. The ambience and service in this bistro is outstanding.  With seating indoors or out this was our favorite spot in the old French Quarter.

 

Grapevine Wine Bar and Bistro

Grapevine Wine Bar and Bistro

Grapevine Wine Bar and Bistro

Grapevine Wine Bar and Bistro

Another highlight of New Orleans is the WWII National War Museum. Traveling by way of the Canal Streetcar, switching to the St Charles Streetcar, we got off at Lee Circle and walked the rest of the way to the museum. The large museum is separated into different buildings and exhibits. Upon entering the ticket building in the Louisiana Memorial Pavilion we were greeted by veterans who are here every day and volunteer their services at all of the different venues. It was truly inspiring to see so many retired serviceman still giving of their time.  Our first stop was the “Train Car Experience” where we boarded a train re-creating the tearful farewells and bittersweet returns of the men and women who went to war. Then we went upstairs to see the “America Goes to War,” “D-Day Invasion of Normandy,” “The Landing Beaches,” and the “D-Day Invasions of the Pacific.” All the exhibits were interactive and very interesting. One of the highlights of the museum was the short movie, “Beyond All Boundaries” produced and narrated by Tom Hanks. The movie is a journey of words and stories of actual WWII participants. The Solomon Victory Theater, where the movie is shown, has a screen 120 feet wide, with 9 digital cinema DPL Projectors. (a regular theater has only one) There are 27 surround sound custom speakers and 250 special effects theater seats that shake when the tanks are rolling by! Many of the props used to make the movie come alive are authentic pieces of equipment. There are 305 archival photographs and 517 film clips of actual footage shot during the war. You will not want to miss this special attraction.

Going outside the exhibits we looked at a WWII Victory Garden complete with posters! 

The other feature that I enjoyed was the “USS Tang” experience. Upon entering the submarine we are given actual sailors’ ID cards.  Using the ID of the sailor, we were assigned to his station and duty in the sub.

Submarine Sailor ID's

Submarine Sailor ID’s

We had an interactive encounter recreating the last war patrol of America’s most decorated submarine in WWII! What a great time we had visiting the museum! There is the Stage Door Canteen and the American Sector Restaurant to eat in and then to wrap up our day we were entertained by the Marine Corps Band of New Orleans, part of the Memorial Day Concert Series. New Orleans has so much to offer; great food and drink, stunning architecture, history and perseverance. I think you will enjoy including NOLA to your list of  “Not to Miss.” Enjoy!

 

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