The American
Old South:

Local Georgia boys make
good in rock and roll

Virginia, South and North Carolina

I toured the Old South in the summer of 1994.

The Old South pre-dated the Cotton Kingdom. Tobacco formed the basis of the economy. Ironically, this part of the South fought the hardest and yet, by the time of the Civil War, benefitted the least from the institution of slavery. The North Carolians boast that more of their citizens died than that of any other in the South.

A place of memory and heritage, today it hosts a vibrant, high tech today along with a proud yesterday.

This is Mount Vernon, Washington's home.

Here's Washington's tomb. Washington was married for many years and yet had no children. Maybe those signs saying "Washington Slept Here" tell the truth.

Lee assumed command of the Confederate Armies here on this very spot in the Virginia State capital.

This is the oldest capital building. When I was there, everyone worried Ollie North would next occuppy it. If he did, would he tell the truth about it?

Not everyone takes their "Southerness" so seriously.

This is the Poe Museum. The most macabre part concerned their closing early and not letting me in.

Here's the Confederate Cemetary. Note the unusually shaped monument to the DOC (Daughters of the Confederacy) just behind the trees.

In Raleigh, a statue to, well, Raleigh.
He, not John Smith, married Pocohontas.

North Carolina boasts three presidents.

Andrew Johnson grew up here. When I visited, he held the sole dubious distinction among presidents of having survived an impeachment trial.

In Charleston's famous harbor the Civil War began.

Simms wrote Indian romances, like Cooper, about the tribes of the Southeast. Some think he topped Cooper.

This is the OLDEST museum in the U.S.

This is the oldest Hugenot Church in the US. The Hugenots, at one time, held a prominent position in Charleston society and owned many plantations.

Until recently, they held services in French. The French government kicked out the Hugenots, my ancestors, due to their Protestant beliefs. They turned up all over the early Americas, sometimes in unexpected places.

The city's battery needs recharging.

You'd do "anything" to save Tarah? Actually, this pretty Indian undergraduate works on this site while attending nearby Charleton University. Fiddle-de-dee.

Reform Judaism began in this temple.

This replica of the "Huntley" looks formidable. The real Huntley rammed a Union blockading warship but went down with the undertow. So much for early submarining.

Onward to Savannah Georgia: Note the walkways between the upper and lower parts of Water Street.

Resembling a bay, this river only connects to the bay.

Cough, this was a cough, cough, place, cough, where, cough, they traded toboacco, and cough, cough, the first, stock exchange, cough, grew out of cough..

John Wesley came to the South to preach and made some converts but soon fled to England in fear for his life.

The Savannah City Hall ends this trip.


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