From the outside, it doesn’t look like much -- just a tattered, oversized volume with a simple cloth spine. But the 1864 diary of Albert Nelson See, a U.S. Army soldier and member of Abraham Lincoln’s Presidential Guard, contains a rare, up-close perspective on a pivotal time in U.S. history.... Read More →
If you’ve ever longed to make your home in a century-old industrial rice mill amid preserved graffiti and masonry brick walls, New Orleans’ Rice Mill Lofts might be the perfect place for you.... Read More →
When Midwestern architect Charles Buechner designed West Bay Lodge on remote Sand Island in 1912 as a vacation home, necessity dictated that he include an icehouse in his plans. The wooden structure, constructed right on the shore of Lake Superior, still stands as a relic of pre-refrigeration days. But decades of harsh winds and heavy snow took their toll.
“It was an original building, built along with the lodge,” explains Jeff Peters, whose family has cared for the property, located within the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore off the coast of northern Wisconsin, for the last 50 years. “It’s important to keep that story alive, and the way to tell that story is to have the icehouse still standing.”... Read More →
When Donald and Terry O’Brien were looking for a new location for O’Briens Public House, their nearly 2-year-old family-run restaurant, a 184-year-old building in downtown Troy, N.Y., caught their eyes.
“My heart was set on the building, because it has so much history,” Terry O’Brien says.
Built c. 1829, the building on Third Street served variously as a stable and livery, bar, hotel, photography unit, and residence (most notably for the Reverend William Irvin, a prominent local resident). From 1897, it served as the Windsor Café and was converted to the Windsor Hotel in 1896.
Written by Mike Rea, President and CEO of Tourism Cares
Like hundreds of volunteers in the historic town of Plymouth, Massachusetts, Belinda Brewster "feels the weight of history" to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower’s transatlantic voyage and final landing.
"It’s not simply a celebration of Plymouth for Plymouth," she says. "It’s a celebration of Plymouth for the nation."... Read More →