They stand under the great oaks with moss blowing in the wind. These are the old, historic slave dwellings. Life was difficult, but they found a strength to carry on. Some fled to the north through the Underground Railroad…with help from the white and black population. Most stayed on until the United States of America passed the Emancipation Proclamation that freed all slaves. Even then, some did not know what to do outside of these grounds that had Masters who told them what to do. To see these run-down places, we remember how precious freedom really is….especially to those whose ancestry never knew it.
History, whether good or bad, is important to protect. Our future generations need to understand its meaning. That is why we have added many of the photography taken in the low country of South Carolina to our list of available prints. See these at Old Slave Dwellings. (Scroll down the page of prints)
Also, if you missed the in-depth blog about this area, click back at the bottom of this writing to see what life was like in the “Old South” low country of the USA “Gone with the Wind”
Every so often, my husband and I like to venture into a part of Florida known as Old Florida. It is entirely different from the commercial Disney World type places that most people of the world think of.
It is quiet…a laid-back part of country life that appeals to us. Often it is a place with large live oaks, palmetto bushes, winding trails and the country folk that are the down- to- earth backbone of our nation. Such a place we visited a few days ago.
Traveling through Ocala; on to Rosewood (the subject of another writing soon), and over the Gulf of Mexico is a non-changing little town of Cedar Key.
Nothing is spectacular there. The buildings date back to earlier days and lean a little to the side. The newer places have not had the experience of a Florida Hurricane to give them the falling over appearance, but give them time!
If you are an adventure seeker, looking for the bright spots and excitement of a large city, you will not find it at Cedar Key. You will find nature, the wide blue waters of the Gulf lapping gently at the shore. The sunsets are pink and the country music fills the air from the local tavern. It is a place to bike or walk and to say, “howdy”.
The following slide presentation will give you a better understanding of this Old Florida town, if you have never been to Cedar Key. Don’t be in a hurry…they aren’t. Click on the presentation below.
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