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Auldbrass Plantation – Frank Lloyd Wright

Over the years we have visited many Frank Lloyd Wright designed structures, however, Auldbrass Plantation was a very special visit for several reasons.  First, it is the only plantation Wright ever designed and secondly, it is owned by famed Hollywood producer Joel Silver of the Lethal Weapon and Matrix Franchises.

Mr. Silver purchased the neglected property in 1985 and has spent a significant amount of money and time both restoring and rebuilding the properties under the supervision of Frank Lloyd Wright’s grandson.

The property is only open to visitors one weekend every two years and only allows one thousand tickets to be sold.  We had been waiting over 4 years to tour this magnificent plantation.

Bonaventure and Little Gracie

I love Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah and for my second visit in the early morning, there was a fog in the air which added a bit of eeriness and serenity.

Grave of Little Gracie Watson

I visited Little Gracie again, her story still tugs at my heart.  She, dearly loved by her father, died in 1889 at six years old of pneumonia.  Her father had the life-size carving made of her which has become one of the most visited graves in the World.

Trinkets left for Gracie

After Gracie’s death, her father and mother left for New England where they died and are buried leaving Gracie alone in Bonaventure forever.  People still leave Gracie gifts and trinkets and say her ghost still plays in Johnson Square in front of the old hotel she lived in.

Fort Pulaski at Dawn

Photographing Fort Pulaski in the morning and covered in fog was amazing.  This also allowed me to play around with different looks for the photos.

My Little Ray of Sunshine

It has been a while since I have posted some photos of my “Booger Bear”, my granddaughter Quinn.  What a shine and smile she brings to my life…..

Casa Loma

Casa Loma (1972)

This is a place I remember as a young boy of 5 or 6 when I visited in the early seventies with my family.   I remember it being very magical and to a young boy it was a real castle.

I had the privilege of taking my wife there and the magic was still present.  A truly magnificent home overlooking Toronto.

Somewhere In Time

I have the best memories as a child going to Mackinac Island.  An enchanted place where you do not hear cars as all transportation is horse-drawn or pedal power.  The only way to get there is by boat or plane.  A magical place with lots of history.
I had forgotten about it until in 1980 when I was watching the movie “Somewhere in Time“.  On the big screen was the Grand Hotel.

On our return visit to Michigan, Mackinac Island was a top priority to share with my family.

 

 

 

Greenfield Village – A Step Back in Time

One of my early visits to Greenfield Village in the early 70's
One of my early visits to Greenfield Village in the early 70’s

Growing up in Michigan I discovered my love of history thanks to a man named Henry Ford at a place he built called Greenfield Village.  Greenfield Village is an outdoor living history museum dedicated in 1929 and opened to the public in June 1933.

Most of the structures in this village have been moved and relocated to their present site while others are reproductions.  From an exact replica of Thomas Edison’s Menlo Park Laboratory Complex to the actual Wright Brothers Cycle Shop, there is a cornucopia of history from the 17th century to modern times.

As a child I remember the awe that this placed instilled in my soul.  Taking my family there brought back many childhood memories including being chased around Ackley Pond by a goose and subsequently bit by the beast.

If you ever find your self in Michigan, this should be on the top of your list of places to visit.

Disney World

My wife and I spent a whole day in 95 degree sweltering heat to tackle all four Disney Theme Parks in one day.  We started at Magic Kingdom then rode the monorail to Epcot.  From there we took a boat to Disney Studios where we transferred to a bus to take us to the Animal Kingdom and then a Taxi back to the studios.  Then we got on a bus to Epcot and a monorail back to our car.

What a blast!!