Georgia – Columbus: War and Camellias – Part 1 The Navy

We had done a lot of work planning our route to the Stark Museum in Orange, Texas, but we had not put much thought into what we might visit on our drive home.  As a result, we followed up on a friend’s recommendation that we visit Columbus, Georgia, and the National Civil War Naval Museum. Continue reading “Georgia – Columbus: War and Camellias – Part 1 The Navy”

Texas – Orange: The Stark Family Legacy

We’d been looking forward to this day for eleven years.  We were finally on our way to Orange, Texas, to visit the Stark Museum of Western Art.  What an odyssey we set for ourselves when we picked up the “Museums West” brochure and decided to visit each of the Western Art museums in the association.  Continue reading “Texas – Orange: The Stark Family Legacy”

Louisiana – Baton Rouge: Rural Life

We had one last stop planned for Baton Rouge and this took us out into the country.  The LSU Rural Life Museum is only a short drive from the center of the city and worth every mile of travel.  Fittingly, after driving through harvested fields and down a dusty gravel road, we began our tourContinue reading “Louisiana – Baton Rouge: Rural Life”

Louisiana – Baton Rouge: A Colorful Story

Baton Rouge was named after a red stick in the mud that divided land between tribes…but this town is no stick in the mud.  Colorful, historic and progressive are adjectives that come to mind.  We found a shaded parking space at the toe-end of the capitol mall and began walking toward the towering, 34-story skyscraper. Continue reading “Louisiana – Baton Rouge: A Colorful Story”

Mississippi – Jackson: The Capital and Writing Life

Land-hungry is not a term we think of much these days, but back in the early 1800s in an agrarian society it was a common characteristic.  The land in this case is now Mississippi and it had previously been part of the Choctaw Nation, but after the signing of the Treaty of Doak’s Stand inContinue reading “Mississippi – Jackson: The Capital and Writing Life”

Mississippi – Jackson: Crop Dusters, Cotton and Country

Mississippi is such a rural state that it seems fitting that we started our tour of Jackson with a visit to the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum, which is just four miles from the Capitol Building.  Back in 1939 Jim Buck Ross, the Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce, “recognized a need for the preservation ofContinue reading “Mississippi – Jackson: Crop Dusters, Cotton and Country”

Mississippi – Meridian: A Pleasant Surprise

We stopped in the Visitor’s Information Center at the Mississippi state line and were impressed with the attractive building, the interior décor, and the friendly, helpful staff.  A colorful carousel horse caught our attention so we were given a handsome and useful publication on Meridian, a town not far down the road.  With graphics andContinue reading “Mississippi – Meridian: A Pleasant Surprise”

Alabama – Selma: Looking for Light

What were the city leaders thinking when they named their fledgling city Selma?  Had any of them read the namesake poem “Songs of Selma,” the 13th century epic filled with lament, death and destruction?  A store-front sized park, set where the Edmund Pettus Bridge crosses the Alabama River, even celebrates the poem’s title.  Driving theContinue reading “Alabama – Selma: Looking for Light”

Alabama – Cahawba (or Cahaba): A Capital Stripped of All But Its History

Old Cahawba Archaeological State Park: When I think of an archaeological site, places come to mind like ancient Egypt, Rome or Israel; or the Mayan ruins in Mexico; or even the pre-Columbian cliff dwellings that we have visited at Mesa Verde, Colorado.  Here at Cahawba, Alabama, the term felt jarring because archaeologists, park rangers and historiansContinue reading “Alabama – Cahawba (or Cahaba): A Capital Stripped of All But Its History”

Alabama – Montgomery: Exploring the Bonds of History

Eleven years ago we visited the Boone Art Museum in Clarksville, Georgia, and picked up a brochure that listed twelve institutions that were fellow consortium members of “Museums West.”  As avid museum collectors, our pursuit began.  Over the years since that visit we have traveled as far as Los Angeles, Fort Worth, Texas, and Jackson,Continue reading “Alabama – Montgomery: Exploring the Bonds of History”