Good Day all and happy 4th of July weekend! Since it seems to be all the rage to theme your blog posts to holidays and I’m (accidentally) patriotically dressed in my finest blue jeans and red shirt, I figured this week I’d bring you a special jam-packed edition of Friday fantasies celebrating America and Old Glory with daydream-worthy Red, White and Blue Fantasy Homes. I do literally mean they will be Red, White and Blue.
First up we will appropriately start off with the the lovely and beautifully designed RED brick Monticello, home to the Third President of the United States and author of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson. Oh, and a little side note. Monticello was one of the places that Ash and I visited on our Honeymoon so I’m very fond of Monticello.
I highly recommend visiting Monticello! While you’re in Virginia, you’ll have easy access to several other Presidential homes in the area. Additionally, right down the road from Monticello is an historic tavern called the Michie Tavern (pronounced Mickey… like the mouse) where you can get a really tasty southern buffet lunch and take their neat audio tour. For more information on Monticello (The only built site in American on the World Heritage list) and to get information on visiting (they have the best visitors’ center I have ever seen!) check out their website here.
Next up is White, and since we are celebrating America’s awesome-ness, let’s make the very obvious choice of using the White House… After all, every little kid in America is told they could grow-up to become President and with that gig comes a pretty sweet pad. Who hasn’t fantasized about having a roller racer race down that halls of the White House? (Just me, huh?) Construction of the White House was started in 1792, and John Adams, the Second President, was the first to live there. It survived a fire in 1814 when the British stormed Washington during the War of 1812, and a second fire in 1929.
And last, but certainly not least, we have Blue. Now for blue I chose to go with some thing less presidential but still equally American… opulence. No I’m not talking about petite lap giraffes or classic car collections but I am talking about what I consider to be the Grand-Daddy of all of Newport Mansions (though it is much smaller than most), which is among the oldest surviving homes in Newport: the Thomas Townsend House.
Friday Fantasies (Red White and Blue Addition)
July 1, 2011 by henriettahobsonrichardson
I know this house doesn’t seem very opulent when you compare it to some others in Newport. It is, after all, far less pretentious then it’s other Newportian (it’s a word now, cuz I said so) counter-parts, but this house was fairly large for its time and it was built to stand the tests of time (and it has).
While it wasn’t built for the prominent cabinet making Townsend family it was sold to them early on and remained in the family for quite some time.While navigating the narrow old streets of Newport you might easily pass right by the Townsend house but for its presence. You can feel its sense of history when you walk by and will inevitably stop to take-in this remarkable House.
Well that’s it for today’s Red, White and Blue Friday Fantasies. Happy grilling, everyone, and enjoy the fireworks! As a nice little bonus I’ll leave you with these links to some tasty 4th of July eats.To cool off on a hot day try these Patriotic Pops. To add a bit of pep to your celebration why not make these Firework Truffles and throw together this tasty 4th of July Trifle to bring to a pot-luck