Posted by at 12:28 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 162018

Lavish plantation homes are the symbol of the antebellum South and throughout the region stretching from Georgia to Mississippi, many fine examples of these old homes have been lovingly preserved and restored. While some remain in private hands, serving as homes or bed and breakfast operations, others are owned by historic preservation organizations that open […]

Showing Off

 Posted by at 12:46 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 142018

We had a great time showing Terry’s parents, Pete and Bess Weber, around our area and letting them get a taste of what life is like here on the central coast of Florida. It’s a lot different from their home back in Arizona! We have no interest in all the plastic theme parks put up […]

Feb 132018

Samuel Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, was one of the world’s best-loved personalities during his lifetime, and even though he died over 100 years ago, he remains an icon in American literature today. Born in the small settlement of Florida, Missouri on November 30, 1835, Samuel Clemens was the sixth of seven children born […]

Jan 122018

You can step back into the past and experience the South’s rural heritage at Horne Creek Living Historical Farm in North Carolina. Once the Hauser family farm, Horne Creek Farm is now a North Carolina State Historic Site, providing visitors a look at farm life in North Carolina’s northwestern Piedmont region in the early 1900s, […]

Jan 082018

Note: This story is from my book Highway History And Back Road Mystery  We’ve all heard the tale of Paul Revere, the brave Boston silversmith whose midnight ride alerted patriots that “the British are coming!” The lesser known part of that story is that Paul Revere was actually captured before he completed his mission and two other […]

Dec 222017

In my blog He Created Horror a few days ago, I told you about the life of Edgar Allan Poe and our visit to the Poe Museum in Richmond, Virginia. Today I’ll tell you a story that shows that real life can be more ghastly than anything Poe and authors like him could ever conjure […]

Dec 212017

It’s a long way from where he held office in Washington, D.C., or from his humble beginnings in Kentucky and Illinois, to Redlands, California. But in this friendly city that is regarded as the “Jewel of the Inland Empire,” we discovered a memorial to one of America’s most beloved presidents. Though Abraham Lincoln never visited […]

Nov 182017

Note: This story is from the July-August, 2016 issue of the Gypsy Journal. Just a half hour drive south from busy and modern Tampa, Gamble Plantation Historic State Park preserves historic Gamble Mansion, the last surviving antebellum plantation home in South Florida. Major Robert Gamble built his beautiful home between 1845 and 1850 as the […]

Double Trouble

 Posted by at 12:12 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 152017

Note: This story is from the March-April, 2017 issue of the Gypsy Journal. In the friendly college town of Athens, Georgia we came across an unusual historical artifact with an interesting history that is a classic example of engineering gone wrong, even though it seemed like a good idea at the time Home to the […]

Oct 172017

An outpost of westward expansion, Fort Laramie in eastern Wyoming was crucial in the transformation of the American West. The fort served as a fur trading post, military garrison, and as a way station for fur trappers, Indian traders, missionaries, and Oregon Trail emigrants for over 50 years during one of the most important time […]