Category Archives: History

Art Books and The World of Victorian Painters

Sometimes memories from the past present themselves simply from the scribbles made on a sheet of notebook paper. Today I found such a note that was so old that it had started turning yellow with age. It suddenly fell out of the pages of one of my art books called “Victorian Painters” written by Jeremy Maas, who was a dealer specializing in English painting when his book published back in 1969. Each one of these paintings still fascinate me as I flip through this book again finding  Litter of Puppies by Sir Edwin Landseer who was a famous animal painter in 1838 and always painted those large white and black dogs referred to as “Landseer-dogs”. His painting Dignity and Impudence of a blood-hound called Grafton exhibited in 1839 has realistic qualities that are quite appealing not only because of the large dog, but the smaller doggie next to Grafton in the doghouse.


On the cover of this book is a painting of a girl sleeping in an orange dress. The full-page plate shown inside describes this Neo-Classical painting as done by Lord Frederic Leighton. It’s called  Flaming June” and exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1895, a year before the artist’s death in 1896. There are many more great paintings to discover in this 256-page book. I’m grateful I have a copy in my home library and continue to trace the era for Victorian painting. And according to the price marked in the book, I got it for a bargain: $1.99 as-is.

Written by Mary Gilmartin, January 22, 2014


January 22, 2014 · 12:49 am

Covered Bridge History, Located near Atlanta

My walk around the lake this weekend took me across this covered bridge in the park.

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Below is the story about this “lattice bridge”  that is posted on the sign.  It’s been at this present location since 1969:

Covered bridges or ‘lattice bridges’ were common throughout the Eastern U.S. during the nineteenth century. This bridge formerly spanned the North Fork of the Oconee River in the city of Athens, Georgia connecting College Avenue and Hobson Avenue. Clark County Ordinary S. M. Herrington let a building contract 26 March 1891 for $2,490 to W. W. King. It cost $18,000 to move the bridge from Athens 60 miles to this point. Bridges like this were refuge for travelers during storms, courting couples, and robbers who hide themselves on the overhead timbers and dropped down on the unsuspecting victim.”

 Written and Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, January 12, 2014


January 13, 2014 · 11:10 pm

History, Sugar Mill Ruins

This week I had the opportunity to visit the site of the Sugar Mill Ruins where sugar was made by the settlers before the Seminole Indians living in Florida burned it down in 1835.

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About the only thing left are the walls and the details surrounding what happened when the making of sugar was a risky business one hundred fifty years ago.

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The machinery for this business was then “moved near the river” where the mill was rebuilt. The Seminole Indians also burned this Sugar Mill down, thus leaving only these historical traces of its existence preserved for future generations to visit. Today, this second place is known as the Dunlawton Sugar Mill Gardens in Port Orange, Florida.

Note: Coquina  (Florida’s native stone) was the building block for the Sugar Mill.

Written and Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, December 6, 2013


December 6, 2013 · 9:45 pm

The Carillon in the Park, located near Atlanta

This weekend I decided to take a walk down a steep hill and underneath an umbrella of trees along a path I don’t often travel in the park. That’s where I found the perfect bench to sit down and listen to the Carillon‘s daily music being played. And, this bench even came with a view of  the lake.

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The 732-bell Carillon in Stone Mountain Park, located near Atlanta, was donated by Coca-Cola after being exhibited in the 1964 World’s Fair in New York City and you can hear it being played several times throughout the day. Concerts are live on Saturday and Sunday and are taped, Monday through Friday.

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Written and Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, September 24, 2013


September 24, 2013 · 12:04 am

History, Old Jail Museum in North Carolina

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Sometimes the most interesting museums to visit are not in large cities or in other countries, but only three hours away from where you live nestled in the mountains of Western North Carolina.

The Clay County Historical Museum can be found in the small town of Hayesville. It’s located in the building that once was known as the Old County Jail from the years 1912 until 1972.

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There are two floors to this historical museum with exhibits filling every room from spinning wheels to a vintage feed sack exhibit.

One of the rooms had an exhibit of a replica of an early farmhouse kitchen. Do you see the oil lamp on the table and the candles on the wall? This was the source of lighting a room after dark before the days of electricity.

7-Historical Museum Hayesville NCIn another room is an exhibit of Dr. Killian’s working office where he practiced medicine from the late 1800’s until 1940’s. He was one of Clay County’s most dedicated doctors. One his desk is one of his ledgers where he kept records of all the visits and charges for each patient. Small log books could be carried in his saddlebag.

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These photographs are just a glimpse into what you will find in this unique country museum. And, if you ever visit the museum make sure to see the Cherokee Homestead Outdoor Exhibit located outside. Below is only one of the things you will see.

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The American Cherokee Indian villages in the early 1700’s would have looked like this one that’s on exhibit.

To learn more about the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians click on this link. They are located in Cherokee, North Carolina.

Written and Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, September 12 , 2013


September 12, 2013 · 10:34 pm