Monday, June 1, 2009

Fort Macon

Fort Macon details - original, handcrafted ironwork vs. restored version.

For Memorial Day weekend Dave and I headed down to beautiful Atlantic Beach, North Carolina. Besides soaking in the sun and salt water we also had the pleasure to visit Fort Macon, a fort used during the Civil War and Spanish-American War.

By no means am I a history buff, but I am easily inspired...even by old forts! While Dave was reading about Fort Macon's history, I was strolling around with my camera mesmerized by the stonework, wooden features and personal artifacts. I'm all about the details...give me distressed bricks and rust and I'm a giddy schoolgirl. Some of my favorite design elements included the wooden floors (can you imagine in a house?!), the polished green grass and the staircase ironwork. Also, I love that they used china even during hard times of war. The china was necessary for eating, but also provided a hint of luxury and comfort. The china fragments and airplane playing cards alone create a wonderful story.

Here's to a great week ahead and creating our own histories...

33 comments:

Amanda Nicole said...

I am such a sucker for historical artifacts! I love the playing cards and the wood burning stoves.

Sal said...

Holy moly. I am not a historical fort kinda gal, but your stunning photos make me want to BE at Fort Macon this very instant.

Sara Christine said...

Pretty red toenails on that gorgeous wood flooring! :)

please sir said...

Thank you! Yes - wish I was there right now too!

ticklishfromadistance said...

How cool. I live in NC and have never been. Need to go. Thanks!

Rebecca said...

I LOVE visiting old historic spots! What lovely pictures you took!

aimee said...

old forts are so cool! i love these photos!

bronwyn said...

I need to have that kitchen someday. It's not excessive for a family of three, right? Looks like you had a great time.

L'Atelier said...

amazing details! the floor is absolutely amazing!

cindy : quaint said...

i love all the patterns and textures, especially the one with the circles and someone's cute red toe nails.

Wendy said...

Thats really neat!

jae said...

I'm not much of a history buff either, but my husband is extremely knowledgeable about it. this is just the sort of place to pique both our interests....lovely details.

LENORENEVERMORE said...

the flooring is gorgeousss...
Great week dear!

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littlebyrd said...

This looks like fun. Lately I have more and more been intersted in historic sites. Your pictures turned out great!

Cassie said...

Great photos! Could you say a bit more about that amazing floor? What kind of room was it in?

Julia said...

Andrew would have died--he would love to go there :) Lucky ducks! I love the photo of the swirly tiles and your feet :)

please sir said...

Great question Cassie - the flooring was in the front entrance of the fort and exposed to outdoor weather (therefore I guess it's pretty sturdy!).

*SNYdesign said...

Oh, lovely wooden tiles!!! And a great post with lovely pictures!

Joy said...

hi there! it's so nice to be back here. i love this historic post...
i am in my new home. please drop by.
absolutely fabulous

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blue moss said...

looks like fun

Mouse said...

Wow, I love that floor! Your photos are gorgeous, glad you had fun!

Brittany Noel said...

I'm with you on the small details and silhouettes! What a great place to go for the weekend!

A Day That is Dessert said...

Love these photos; glad to see you had such a nice weekend!!

Rachel Follett said...

Great photos! You definitely have a talent! Looks like a great place.

simplesong said...

very cool...great photos.

picciolo said...

I really love that wood flooring!
: )

abigail said...

I love the flooring! how beautiful!

Alyssa said...

love love love your photos! I want to go there.

Slices of Beauty... said...

Beautiful blog!

Cassie said...

I stole the floor picture. It's really great!

Chris said...

Great images! I love the shot of the cracked china :)

please sir said...

Thanks for the feedback!

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