Braemar Castle, Scotland

Braemar Castle, Royal Deeside, Scotland In 1628, the first tower of Braemar Castle was erected by John Erskine, 18th Earl of Mar and was used as a hunting lodge. Later, it was used as protection from the Farquharson Clan. In 1689, the castle was attacked and burned by John Farquharson, the Black Colonel of Inverey.Continue reading “Braemar Castle, Scotland”

The Barter Theatre, Abingdon, Virginia

The Barter Theatre During the Great Depression, Robert Porterfield, an out-of-work actor, returned to southern Virginia with an interesting and innovative idea of opening a theater that took produce as payment for a ticket instead of cash. Actors needed to eat and people needed entertainment in those tough times. “With vegetables you cannot sell, youContinue reading “The Barter Theatre, Abingdon, Virginia”

Ghosts of Abingdon, Virginia Part 2

Old Tavern The Tavern was built about 1777 and is one of the oldest taverns in Virginia. Throughout the centuries, it has been a bakery, bank, post office, private home, general store, as well as a tavern. During the Civil War, it is believed that the third floor attic was a used as a hospital.Continue reading “Ghosts of Abingdon, Virginia Part 2”