The spark that ignited a sacred tradition

The spark that ignited a sacred tradition

Civil War Decoration Day Many towns claim the honor of being the first to celebrate Memorial Day, but according to the Library of Congress, Decoration Day preceded our modern day Memorial Day by many years, with one of the first taking place in Columbus, Miss., on...
Hollywood Cemetery: A National Treasure

Hollywood Cemetery: A National Treasure

By far, one of the most beautiful, scenic, and mystical cemeteries I’ve ever visited is the sprawling 135-acre Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond, Va. The Setting Located beside the James River, Hollywood is spread out across hills and dales, with roads that wind...
The Burnt Church

The Burnt Church

On a recent trip to Charleston, S.C., I came across a historical marker that led me down a dirt road to the Pon Pon Chapel of Ease, est 1725. It’s a breathtaking spiritual feeling to step into a clearing and take in the haunting view of the 267-year-old brick...
Old Burying Ground in Beaufort, N.C.

Old Burying Ground in Beaufort, N.C.

Walking through the gates of the Old Burying Ground in Beaufort, N.C., is like walking into another dimension. When I visited in September, locusts in the live oak trees were deafening and blocked out all other sound. Established in the early 1700’s, Old Burying...