Welcome to the Coffee and Cobblestone travel guide and research page! I am excited to share my travels with you as well as offer my recommendations for top travel destinations for history buffs like me. I chose the name, Coffee and Cobblestone while walking down, as the name suggests, a cobblestone street in Richmond, VA, drinking my Starbucks and enjoying the fall leaves which were mesmerizing against the two hundred years old pavers. “Coffee and Cobblestone”, I thought to myself, “that describes my life perfectly”- and believe me, it does. There is nothing I enjoy more than exploring old towns and hidden treasures and of course, drinking good coffee. As a graduate student at Missouri State Universiy specializing in American history, this comes as no surprise. My research has taken me around the U.S., namely the West coast where I have spent a substantial amount of time researching Civil War medicine.
On this page, I hope to give the reader a small glimpse into my research adventures and give valuable information in relation to forgotten historic sites and cities, which also happen to be very dear to my heart.
The featured image for this page is taken from one of my very favorite cities, Savannah, GA. – one of the very few cities in Georgia spared by General Sherman on his march to the sea in 1864. The house in the photo is the Green-Meldrum house which sits in the corner of Madison Square. This house was Sherman’s headquarters during his occupation of Savannah and his admiration of the beautiful architecture like that of this home and make-shift headquarters is undoubtedly why he proclaimed the city, “too beautiful to burn”.
The Greene-Meldrum house is not far from Chippewa Square in which Tom Hanks sat on that famous bench, watching that famous feather float down from the steeple of the Independent Presbyterian Church of Savannah. If its revolutionary history you are looking for, walk a few blocks to the Colonial Cemetary or dine at the Pirate’s House, which happens to be the oldest building in Savannah. Famous author Robert Louis Stevenson also wrote Treasure Island at this location and they have a pretty talkative ghost in the dungeon (more on this later, and yes- we are also those kind of people). As you may suspect, the history in Savannah is endless and the perfectly restored and maintained homes and historic district make this city both breathtaking and unforgettable.
PLEASE feel free to leave your own travel and research experiences as well as pictures taken while visiting these cities and sites. More than anything, I want this page to be one which inspires history enthusiasts to go explore their curiosities. Further, my hope is that my entries and the feedback of others, helps fellow researchers track down valuable information and research locations in which to immerse themselves in historical research and analysis. Some of the travel guides to come will be for Savannah, of course, but also, New Orleans, Gatlinburg, TN, St. Augustine, FL, Charleston, SC, Washington D.C., and more!
P.S.- The pictures featured on these pages are my personal photography. Therefore, if you use them, you need to properly cite the source. Thanks!