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Harriet Beecher Stowe in Scotland, Part Six: Journey To Aberdeen


I enjoyed this ride to Aberdeen more than any thing we had seen yet, the country is so wild and singular.
–Harriet Beecher Stowe

Harriet Beecher Stowe’s next journey in Scotland was by train to Aberdeen, on April 21, 1853. Passing Bannockburn, she is reminded of Robert Burns’ poem about the famous 1314 Battle of Bannockburn. She writes, in the first volume of Sunny Memories of Foreign Lands:

Nothing to be seen there but broad, silent meadows, through which the burn wimples its way. Here was the very Marathon of Scotland. I suppose we know more about it from the “Scots wha ha’ wi’ Wallace bled,” than we do from history; yet the real scene, as narrated by the historian, has a moral grandeur in it. › Continue reading…

Three Historic Houses in Brooklyn

In addition to he Wyckoff House, I also saw three other early historic houses in Park Slope, Brooklyn. The Lefferts House (above) was closed, so I didn’t go inside. The house was built in 1783 and was the former home of Continental Army Lieutenant Pieter Lefferts. In 1918, it was moved six blocks to Prospect Park, where it is now a children’s museum. › Continue reading…

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