Exploring the Ward House

Along Old Route 40 in Greenup, Illinois, part of the National Historic Road that acted as a highway for covered wagons and pioneers, is a large, stately brick home.  Ever since I can remember, the home has been abandoned which I’ve always thought was sad.  This year we learned that the house and property had…

Trip to Rural Illinois – 2013

Most years we try to make our annual pilgrimage to Cumberland County, Illinois during fair week.  Here are some photos from this year’s trip.                         Related Posts: THE MOON Ten Books to Look Forward to in 2018

The Case of the Missing Mother – Cabinet Card

Thanks to QuelleBooks, I’m obsessed with finding these “Missing Mother” portraits.  According to the fascinating and unnerving post on Retronaut, “This was a practice where the mother, often disguised or hiding, often under a spread, holds her baby tightly for the photographer to insure a sharply focused image.”  Some are more subtle than others and it’s…

DAY SIX of RURAL ILLINOIS 2012

August 24, 2012 After lunch and taking in a few harness races at the fair, we drove up to Tuscola to see a new store called Vintage Karma.  Ainslie and Laura, the owners, were so welcoming and friendly.  They have a great thing going there on Sale Street. The shop features work by several artists…