The final focus of my birthday trip centers on a trip to Maysville, Kentucky and the historical district that spawned Harriet Beecher Stowe’s writing of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.” In 1833, while a guest in the Marshall Key home, Mrs. Stowe (then Beecher) witnessed a slave auction on the lawn of the Court House, prompting her to want to educate people about slavery concerns. Today the Harriet Beecher Stowe Slavery to Freedom Museum is housed next door to the Court House auction site and documents the details of slave sales -- and of the Underground Railroad which was active in the same home!
Maysville is a terraced city on the Ohio River dating back to 1786, and has 155 buildings listed on the National Historic Register. With so much to see and tour our afternoon visit focused on the Harriet Beecher Stowe story, with a private tour of several buildings influenced by her visit at the age of 18 years old. Here are some pictures of the buildings along Old Main Street.
Our tour, while lasting a full 2 hours, only covered a short stretch of the buildings on Old Main Street, and I have tucked away the self-guided tour pamphlet for a return trip. With 155 buildings to look through -- it might take a lot more than one more trip!
We don’t go camping any more . . . we go ‘streamin’ ! The “SIlvermine and His” is our 2016 23' Airstream, and ‘streamin’ is the name we use to describe our adventures. Stream along as we document everything from weekend trips to longer summer excursions and full-blown vacations. You know what they say: if you’re not in an Airstream – you’re just camping!
Tom & Ella Brown