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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Mordecai Park, in North Carolina by Carrie Fancett Pagels


Mordecai House

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?

8 comments:

  1. What a lovely place for a reception! I do find that these places offer a unique view of how things were, and can add much to our writing. We used to visit Cold Spring Village, a small restored village where we used to live in southern NJ. It was always a treat to go and enjoy the atmosphere and learn about the area's past.

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    1. It really was, Karen, and the weather couldn't have been more perfect! It makes the story more "real" if we can actually visit some of these historic places. Oh, that sounds really cool, Karen. Are you going to use that in one of your stories? Thanks for commenting!

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  2. Thanks so much for sharing these wonderful photos and history. I really enjoyed this site today! Mary Lou flowersmarylou85@gmail.com

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    1. So glad you came by Sister Mary Lou. If you ever get down to Raleigh make sure you check out Mordecai Park!

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  3. Love to see the old buildings from the past. Wish I had the money to visit these places. But, wasn't to be, so glad I can visit these sites and learn about them. Thanks Carrie. Maxie < mac262(at)me9dot)com >

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    1. Maxie, I do, too. I am so blessed to live near all these amazing places here on the east coast. Hugs!

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  4. Thanks so much, Carrie!. I wouldn't have known about this place and I'd love to fit it into a trip. just lovely!

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    1. Make sure you stop and see me first, Deb! We need to get you back down here to Virginia, too.

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