Saturday, January 11, 2014


Hello, for those of you who followed my blog Backing Books through Bloglovin, I thank you for the follow, and apologize for it sending you to follow this blog. If you wish to still follow my book blog, please do so at this link, it is the correct one. For those of you who still wish to follow my blog, Expanding Horizons, I plan to soon do a post on the Holocaust.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Mail Order Brides

Mail Order Brides were once very popular in the West. For men who lived alone, days away from a town that might have only one or two single women in residence, it was perhaps the only option to finding a wife. For a small fee, they could post an advertisement in Eastern newspapers that would list their requirements and offer passage to those who responded.

For the mail order brides, answering these ads could be a result of desperation or a claim of adventure. They would strike out alone, traveling to wed a man they had never met and never seen. And once they were there, there was no turning back because most did not have the money to leave.

While this sounds like a modern woman's nightmare, to marry a man out of necessity, there were those who lived happily with their new husbands. I guess, in a way, it is like eHarmony or some other dating cites today, you never know what you are going to get.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Faiths of Charles Towne

Founded in 1670 under England, Charles Towne (now Charleston) was named for King Charles II. By 1696, it had become a thriving port city, diverse in ethnicity and religion. As the fifth largest city in the Colonies until the 1800s, it was also the most welcoming of differing faiths. The large number of faiths and churches earned it the nickname, "Holy City".

Two of the oldest Churches of Charles Towne still meet in Charleston today:

St. Philip's Church: Founded in 1680, the Anglican church still meets, though in a different location.Their first building would have been made of wood and might have resembled the Primitive Baptist Church to the right, built in 1887 in Cades Cove, though I have not been able to find an image of an older church. Below is what St. Philip's looks like today.

First Baptist Church: The First Baptist Church was founded in 1682 in Maine, and then in 1696, 28 members of the congregation immigrated to Charles Towne. To the right is an image provided of the original building on the church website. Below is the current church.

The links provided go to either a church website or  a Charleston tour site.