A Photo A Week Challenge: From Below

Beneath the floating staircase at the historic Chief Vann House in Murray County, Georgia The staircase is one of the oldest examples of cantilevered construction in Georgia.  Built during an 1818 renovation of the house,  it is said to be “floating” because the second landing of the staircase sits over the first floor hall with…

Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Fences

I may have used these photos before, but they are perfect for Cee’s fences challenge this week. The first two photos come from the Vann House historical site in Chatsworth, Georgia. Built by wealthy Cherokee leader and planter James Vann, the Vann House was completed in 1804 and in 1819, was visited by U.S. President James Madison….

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Numbers or Letters

Letters, actually, in the Cherokee syllabary.  Created in the 1810s and 1820s by George Gist, also known as Sequoyah, each symbol represents a syllable.  The syllabary achieved great popularity quickly, leading to a dramatic rise in literacy among the Cherokee people.  It was adopted by the Cherokee Phoenix newspaper,  the first newspaper published by Native Americans in…

Now on display in my corner of North Georgia: Sourwood

The sourwood tree, also known as the sorrel tree, is native to eastern North America and primarily is found in the lower Appalachian region.  It can grow as a small tree or large shrub from 10 to 20 meters (30-65 feet) tall.  In the spring it produces bell-shaped flowers on long panicles, and in the…

Weekly Photo Challenge: An Unusual POV

Photographers don’t usually capture the underside of a staircase, but my point of view came from the historic significance of this one.  Perhaps the earliest example of a cantilevered or floating staircase in Georgia, it is found in the historic Chief Vann House which was constructed in 1803 and 1804 by James Vann.  Vann was…

Ese’s Weekly Shoot and Quote Challenge: Feel

I’ve been told I was born in the wrong century, and sometimes I believe it.   Whenever I look at these photos, I feel as if I am going back in time to the early 1800s.  All were taken either at New Echota which was, until 1838, the capital of the Cherokee Nation in North Georgia…