The Red Chair and Innkeeper Pam visited the Sterne Fountain which was erected in 1913 in downtown historic Jefferson, Texas. The fountain has six different drinking outlets, two at each of three different levels: one for humans, one for horses, and one for dogs (they haven't added a level for chairs yet). The statue is of Hebe, the Greek Goddess of Youth. In the background is the Jefferson Carnegie Library. Built in 1907, it is one of four libraries in Texas, from the original 34, to currently operate as a library. Jefferson, Texas is also home to five museums and many shops and restaurants.
Innkeeper Mary showed the Red Chair all around the beautiful Ahern's Belle of the Bends Bed and Breakfast Inn but what Red really wanted to do was go swing on one of the porch swings on the veranda. It was wonderful to sit there and relax while the birds serenaded Red. After a while Red decided to settle down for the night in the beautiful parlor. The 2 other chairs Red met, Teal and Cushy were so friendly and had all three had the most spirited conversation regarding the War of Northern Aggression or the War Between the States. (Also known as the Civil War.) There was one Aqua colored Settee that kept themselves pretty much in the background, but did tell Red that the guy who built the house back in 1876 was a Mississippi State Senator. Well, then everything made a whole lot of sense because only a senator could have afforded all the beautiful adornments of this home but the Bavarian Plaster crown molding really knocked Reds socks off and Red didn't even know it was wearing any!!!
Red visited the Natchez City Cemetery and the Turning Angel. The Turning Angel is a monument that was placed over the graves of young girls who were killed in a fire many years ago. The Angel is said in ghost stories to turn her head to look at visitors at night when the moonlight is right. The Turning Angel is also the inspiration for a local author Greg Iles's book called the Turning Angel. All Red can say is good thing it visited before dark!
We must say that the Red Chair has had yet another first added to the memory books! The Red Chair got to experience a rare rib cage shower or also called a needle shower. This original luxury shower is from the 1800's and was installed in places like the Biltmore Hotel and Buckingham Palace. Water comes out of all of the tiny needle holes that surround you, Red compared it to being like a human car wash. It was quite an exciting experience, one you can try at the Twelve Oaks Bed and Breakfast too!
Well the Red Chair made a beautiful blushing bride at the Sweet Gum Bottom Bed and Breakfast in Andalusia, AL this past January. It was love at first sight when the Red Chair laid eyes on Mr. Black Chair. Cupid got to work early this year, hitting Red with an arrow so close to Valentines Day! The wedding worked out so well because the Sweet Gum Bottom B&B has the perfect little Chapel, a beautiful reception area, and has such a romantic inn to serve as the perfect honeymoon getaway! What a beautiful ceremony.
The Red Chair was welcomed to the First White House of the Confederacy by Lt. Col. Henry Howard, Confederate Surgeon, Surgeon General's Staff Officer and Living Historian, who then took Red on a private tour including a visit to the bedroom of President Jefferson Davis. Red even got a very special photo-op in there too. Lucky Red!
A little shopping was in order so the Red Chair visited one of the cutting edge boutiques, Ava Alexander, which mixes great fashion and unique jewelry with exceptional art. Hadn’t been in the shop for more than a minute when two rather tall individuals approached Red – well the resemblance was striking and it turns out the three chairs were actually related – distant cousins it seems—although their family branch is from the other side of the tracks. Or might that be Reds? Hmmm… What do you think?
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