I have a pictorial tour for you today of historic Mordecai Park in North Carolina. I had the privilege of visiting here recently when my cousin's wedding reception was held on these grounds. The nice thing about this place is that it is like you get a mini-trip to a historic street from the late 18th to early 19th centuries! The Mordecai house was built in 1785 and is in Raleigh. This was once one of the largest plantations in the county, according to their website.
|Side and back of the Mordecai mansion|
17th President Andrew Johnson's home. Note the cool fish scale shingles!
|Andrew Johnson's home with fish scale roof|
Close up of small attorney's office. It really gives you a sense of what it might have been like to be a person in the early 1800's approaching a lawyer's office building. Quite different than today!
This is a side view of an early 19th century office building. I like this because I have a story that I could use this for description in. Again, the sense of proportion is interesting because of the columns but also the small size of the office. Wish I could have gone inside but it wasn't open that day.
|Columns from front of early 19th Century office|
Here's a link to Historic Mordecai Park (click here.)
Do you do road trips for research? Have you ever been someplace like this where you get enough "flavor" to transport you back to an earlier place in time for your story? As a reader, do you like to visit places that may be similar to the setting in the book you are reading?