A Tour of Old Faithful Inn in Yellowstone National Park

(this is partĀ of a series of postsĀ about touring historic buildings while on our cross country road trip last summer. You can read all about the non-architecture-related parts of the trip over on my travel blog) Architect Robert Reamer was 29 years old when he designed Old Faithful Inn for Yellowstone National Park. Workers toiled through the long winter of 1903-04 … Continue reading

Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site: Another Day, Another President’s House

After a string of presidents with super complex legacies, it was kind of nice to go see the very green house of Ulysses S. Grant, reluctant president and, as far as I can tell, pretty decent guy. No, really, it’s very green: The ranger told us that this color is called Paris Green after the compound used to kill rats … Continue reading

Drayton Hall in Charleston, SC

You can’t throw a rock without hitting a plantation or other historic home in Charleston. So when I was planning our itinerary for our Spring Break trip, I didn’t want us to tour just any old historic homes. I wanted the best ones and, in particular, the ones with something a little….different about them. I ended up settling on Mcleod … Continue reading

The Boyhood Home of Woodrow Wilson in Augusta, GA

I pretty much always enjoy touring historic houses, but president houses are my favorites. I can’t pass up a chance to combine my geeky interest in history with my (less geeky?) interest in design. I have a lifetime ambition to eventually see all of the country’s presidential houses, and I have a decent start on it. Even though there’s only … Continue reading

A Tour of Our New Toy Hauler: Jayco Octane SL 272

So this two blog thing can lead to overthinking. I mean, most things can lead to overthinking for me, so it’s not surprising, really. Clearly, posts about actually traveling go on the travel blog, Boxy Colonial on the Road. But what about if we’re not “on the road” but in our driveway, but still in our trailer? What THEN?! We … Continue reading

Exploring the Architecture and Design of Savannah

A lot of you know that Boxy Colonial has a sister blog, Boxy Colonial on the Road, where most of my family and RV travel related posts go. But travel has become a really big part of our lives lately and sometimes I have travel related content that’s also design related content, so you’ll see those posts here from time … Continue reading

Keeping the Kids Occupied on Holiday Road Trips with Big Lots

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BigLots #CollectiveBias We’ve done a lot of long road trips with kids at all different ages, so I’ve got a good bit of experience trying to keep long car rides bearable for children and the adults who have to listen to them complain. … Continue reading

Pumpkin Festival and Camping at Stone Mountain Park

I have a guest post up at Six Suitcase Travel right now; it’s a three day itinerary for Chattanooga. Check it out if you get a chance! When white settlers first started visiting Stone Mountain, the giant mass of granite that rises 800 feet above the surrounding landscape, just a few miles east of Atlanta, they found its top encircled … Continue reading

Fort Yargo State Park: Mistakes were Made

I’m viewing our weekend at Fort Yargo as our first official trip with the trailer, since we stayed two whole nights and actually did things other than sit inside and listen to the rain like we did in Chattanooga. And…..it was fun! And also sort of full of near catastrophes! I’m going to break the post into two separate parts, … Continue reading

Our Etowah Indian Mounds Visit

A couple of notes: I updated the “travel” tab up on the top menu bar there, so that you can find all the travel posts organized alphabetically by state. I’m hoping by getting it done now I’ll be able to actually keep up with it, unlike my sadly incomplete project gallery (but you can use the categories menu or the … Continue reading