I wake up before dawn and heard the ocean outside. The dunes separate the beach house from the sea itself, but not the smell of the ocean, nor the … [Read more...] about Eating Poe, Part II: Edgar Allan Poe’s time on Sullivan’s Island and debunking a Charleston myth
People of History
How did a Brit of Roman descent find his way to being named the patron saint of Ireland? It seems that every writer and most historians have a … [Read more...] about A brief history of St. Patrick: Who was Patrick and what does he have to do with green beer?
In the fall of 1774 and the winter of 1775, I was one of upwards of thirty, chiefly mechanics, who formed ourselves into a committee for the purpose … [Read more...] about Deconstructing myths of the American Revolution: Paul Revere’s ride in the words of Paul Revere himself and a travelogue
Statue of Peter Stuyvesant, St. Marks-Church-In-The-Bowery. Before there was New York, there was New Amsterdam. Founded by the Dutch in 1614, New … [Read more...] about Peter Stuyvesant: A citizen of old New Amsterdam, carrying on nearly 400 years later in New York City
The Hawkins Mount House. In Richard Matheson's classic novel from the 1970s, Hell House, a team of investigators are sent to spend a week in a … [Read more...] about Tales of Old Stony Brook II: Of William Sidney Mount, spirits and Spiritualism