Monday, July 2, 2012


JULY 2-4, 2012


Charleston, South Carolina (JFK+50) We are vacationing in downtown Charleston, South Carolina for the next few days.

Today I walked through the beautiful Unitarian Churchyard located at 8 Archdale Street here in the city.

             The Unitarian Churchyard
                     Charleston, S.C.
            Photo by John White (2012)

The churchyard is said to be haunted by a most famous ghost.....the ghost of Annabel Lee who lived in Charleston before the Civil War.

The story goes that Annabel Lee met & fell in love with a sailor from Virginia, but her father disapproved of the relationship.

So the young lovers met secretly in the Unitarian Churchyard.

Unfortunately, the couple were found out by Annabel Lee's father & she was locked in her room.  The sailor was transferred back to Virginia.

Annabel soon died of scarlet fever.

When the father learned that the sailor was returning to Charleston to find Annabel's grave, he had her grave dug 6 feet deep while all other family members graves were dug at 3 feet. 

All the graves were freshly dug, so the sailor was unable to locate his lover's grave.

They say that Annabel's ghost still roams the churchyard today in search of her lover.

             Unitarian Churchyard
                   Charleston, S.C.
        Photo by John White (2012)

I must admit I walked through the churchyard at a fast pace & in broad daylight and I did not see any sign of Annabel.

Perhaps I should return at midnight & walk through a little slower.  But then again, maybe not!*



Charleston, South Carolina (JFK+50) We honor the 236th birthday of the United States of America.

 On July 4, 1776 the independence of the United States of America was declared in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

On July 4, 1962, President John F. Kennedy went to Philadelphia to honor America's birthday & to speak at Independence Hall.  The following photograph from the Kennedy Library was taken by Cecil Stoughton on that occasion.

One of the most frequent words used in President Kennedy's speeches is the word "LIBERTY."

JFK loved his country, honored its history, & wanted the government of the United States to do everything possible to help LIBERTY to spread around the world.