Roses Wrought in Iron


At Gibbs Gardens, not only are there beautiful gardens and plants to see, but there are also sculptures and various other works of art. The founder, Mr. Gibbs (I got to meet him and ask him a question or two about the gardens – a really nice guy who was just sitting in the gift shop one day when we were there), also has a “manor house” on the grounds where he and his family life. Guests are welcome to go up the hill to see it from the outside and it is lovely. Nearby in a cool, shady part of a garden in front of the house, I spotted a wrought iron fence/gate and when I went to investigate it further, discovered that it had roses in it made from metal (I’m assuming it’s iron but could be wrong) so I took today’s photo because I thought they were wonderful.

It also reminded me of when we lived near Bangor, Maine. You probably know that the most famous resident of Bangor is the author, Stephen King. Mr. King’s home is right there on one of the streets in town and people pass by it and take pictures all the time. It was painted red (like blood) so it stood out – and it was quite large. Around the front of the yard was a wrought iron fence with various items in the wrought iron work: spider webs, spiders, dragons and the like. Now it’s a matter of taste whether you’d enjoy the fence around Mr. King’s home more, or the small gate/fence in Gibbs Gardens, but I enjoyed them both!

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: in 1780, Philadelphia lawyer Captain Christian Huck and 130 Loyalist cavalry, belonging to British Lieutenant Colonel Banastre Tarleton’s legion, suffered defeat at the hands of 500 Patriot militiamen at Williamson’s Plantation in South Carolina. The plantation was in South Carolina’s New Acquisition District along the border with North Carolina.

Huck and his Loyalists arrived at the Bratton plantation on the evening of July 11 to find only Martha Bratton at home, while her husband, Patriot William Bratton, was leading raids against Tory gatherings with his militia. While Martha was questioned by the Loyalists, a slave named Watt, notified Bratton of Huck’s presence near his home. Bratton, in turn, brought his Patriot militia back to the plantation and launched a surprise attack at dawn on July 12 on the Loyalist encampment at neighboring Williamson’s plantation. The Patriots surrounded Huck’s camp under cover of darkness and then opened fire as the soldiers emerged from their blankets at dawn, scoring a total defeat of the Loyalist forces, and killing Huck. The British lost between 25 and 50 men killed, including Huck, at least twice as many wounded and 29 captured. Only one Patriot died, and Continental morale received a significant a boost.

TRIVIA FOR TODAY: the ancient Greeks believed that redheads would turn into vampires after they died.



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