Confederates and the wealthy

Trip Start Jul 11, 2011
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Trip End Jul 22, 2011


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Where I stayed
Four Points by Sheraton, Savannah, GA
What I did
Walked historic district

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Saturday, July 16, 2011

This was my first true experience of being in "The South". Charleston is a beautiful city with lots of charm and history. I was raised in the Northwest, so seeing the word "Confederate" makes me think of negative things. I think of slavery and restrictive livestyles and white power. Maybe my perception is completely wrong, but the roots are deep here and it is easy to see where people came from. The south has come a long way, however. People seem to intermingle without conflict for the most part.
 On my drive down here today, I noticed two things about the open road: there are very few old cars on the road, and people think they are in Nascar. I guess the second observation would make a bit of sense as Nascar is in their backyard. I'm sure there are a few dreamers out there; young and old thinking they will break into the racing business someday. Southerners are proud but they are also very respectful. Even women will open the door for you and they never hesitate to say to a stranger "How are ya?" in their contagious southern tone.
 I spent the afternoon walking down Meeting Street, taking in the atmosphere around me. There are several museums on Meeting Street, but I had one place in mind: Calhoun Mansion. It is not the highest rated, but it is a private residence with an extensive private collection of artifacts from around the world. I also learned during my tour of the home that parts of North and South (the series from the 80's) and the Notebook movie were filmed inside the home. The mansion's collection was broad, but the decor was meant to reflect the victorian era, when the wealthy displayed as much of their wealth as they could. Wrought iron and rope designs were a symbol of great wealth and were displayed on the outside and inside of the home. In order to evade taxing on doors, many wealthy Southerners would have their homes built with pocket windows that reached close enough to the floor that they could be used as an entry and exit point. I was not permitted to take photos inside, but anyone interested in visiting the mansion, would be in awe of the artifacts before them. Some oddities included elephant's feet that were made into stools, an animal horn made into a liquor dispenser, and chanderliers made by Tiffany, using a tea set.

After walking back down Meeting street, I noticed the women hard at work, basketweaving intricate designs and selling their creations along the route. I also noticed a building housing a group of Daughters of Confederates. Like I said, the Southerner are proud of their heritage, but I can't get a positive feeling from that word.
 I enjoyed my brief visit to Charleston and continued on my journey to Savannah, GA where I stayed for the night.
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mom on

god that is pretty there wish you were home miss you

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