Alabama War Museum

The Alabama War Museum is located in Madison, Alabama.  The museum is small; however, it has an impressive variety of artifacts and historical items.  They have rotating exhibits that change several times a year, so each visit is an adventure.  Also, the gift shop is amazing and full of unique items.

 

 

Parking Meter History

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Several years ago, I decided to read about the history of parking meters.  I know, it doesn’t exactly sound like a thriller.  However, it was interesting.

What really surprised me was the location of the first parking meter.  I would have guessed an extremely large city like New York or Chicago.  I was wrong.  The first parking meter was installed in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  Go figure….

 

 

Burritt On the Mountain

Burritt on the Mountain is wonderful place to visit.  It’s located on Monte Sano Mountain and it overlooks the city of Huntsville, Alabama.

The historic park is filled with homes, antiques, and a barnyard from the 19th century.  Most of the homes are open, allowing visitors to freely explore.  There are a lot of informational signs posted around the park, which is designed to educate visitors on how people lived during that time period.

The park even has play areas for children, so they can dress up as pioneers, pan for gold, or climb on carriages.

The Burritt Mansion is part of the park and is also open to visitors.  Dr. William Henry Burritt built the mason in the 1930’s.  Dr. Burritt was born in 1869, in Huntsville, Alabama.  He worked as a homeopathic physician and he spent his retirement years at the mansion.

The mansion is gorgeous and was built with a variety of architectural styles, including classical, revival, federal, and art deco.

If you ever visit Huntsville, make sure to check out Burritt on the Mountain.

 

Fun Flag Facts

Today is flag day, which got me thinking about the history of flags.  I went to wikipedia.com and found some interesting facts about flags.

  • Flags were used in the middle ages to identify a knight.
  • Ships began using flags in the 17th century to show their country of origin and to communicate.
  • The flag of Denmark was designed in 1478, and is the oldest national flag still in use.
  • Flags are also used for religious purposes, such as the Buddhist prayer flags.

Witchcraft of Salem Village by Shirley Jackson

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In 1692, Salem Village was a small community of Puritans located near Salem, Massachusetts.

A group of adolescent girls decided to form a club.  They enjoyed listening to Tituba, a slave from West India, talk about her childhood and the pagan worship practices of her family.

The girls accused Tituba of witchcraft.  They would throw themselves on the ground, roll around, and scream.  They claimed they were being tormented by the witch.  Tituba was convicted of witchcraft based on the girl’s performance.  Immediately after that, the girls started accusing other residents.  They even accused a five year old girl, who was then convicted of witchcraft.

A little over a year later, hundreds of people had been accused and convicted.  Most of them were in prison; however, nineteen had already been executed and an unknown number of victims died in prison.

The witch trials were starting to have a negative impact on the whole community.  Farms were left abandoned and food was becoming scarce.  Slowly, people stopped believing the girls and ignored their antics.

Years later, the judges admitted they convicted innocent people based solely on the girl’s claims of being tormented by witches.

I wonder what became of those girls.  They are responsible for sending people to their death.  The only thing they had to gain was fame and entertainment.  Did they feel guilty for their role in this tragedy?  Was the ring leader a sociopath?