Stately Oaks, an antebellum story

Sitting in the heart of Margaret Mitchells “Gone With the Wind” Stately Oaks, a Greek Revival style house is a lovely mansion built in 1839 by Whitmell Allen. Traveling south for the Florida Flywheelers show, we stopped at this lovely home to learn more about life around Jonesboro and during the Civil War. During General […]

Doc's Soda Fountain

Looking for a place to step back in time? Girard, Illinois a small central Illinois hamlet offers this great stop which serves lunch from behind an old time soda fountain in a former drugs store built in 1884. Besides the great food and ambience, there is a fascinating pharmacy museum. The drug store once sold […]

Model at Dixon Historic Center, real one in Shelbyville, IL

This model was I thought one of the most exciting finds at the Dixon Historic Center visit in January. Although this appears to be a huge round barn it is a model of the Rock River Assemby’s lovely arena bio;t om 1887. Designed originally by architect Morrison H. Vail from Chicago, the buiding was used […]

Pucketts Restaurant and Grocery, a place for food and fun

This January we made what I hope is an annual trek to Nashville to delve into some local Nashville music, history and of course great southern food. After touring Opryland, the tour guide recommended eating at Pucketts Restaurant and Grocery. Always glad to try something new and local, we headed to downtown Nashville and found […]

A Visit to the Bluebird, a failed attempt

Sometimes things are meant to be, other times not so much. While in Nashville we stopped by the famous Bluebird cafe in hopes of catching some lunch and maybe a song or two. The historic cafe was closed up tighter than a drum, but we had a chance to see at least the outside of […]