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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Outdoor Wednesday - Girls Weekend September 2009

Welcome to my Outdoor Wednesday post for this week. It is centered around my Girl's Weekend a couple of weeks ago. My BFF Yvonne and I try to go somewhere together at least once a year. This year we chose to go to Atchison, Kansas and visit. This awesome town is filled with history, history, history. From the moment we arrived, we were surrounded by the old homes, historical sites, museums and even a forest of trees from every state/a few foreign countries/the MOON! I'm not going to elaborate a lot, I'm going to let the photos speak for themselves. The entire town is historical and of course my favorite were the HOMES!

The above home is one of the haunted houses (one of many). There are several "documented" hauntings in Atchison that are toured this time of year.

Atchison is also home of "St. Benedictine's College". There is an Abbey and a Monostary there. I mean no disrespect if I've gotten this wrong, I'm just not positive how it's worded. There are Monks AND Nuns - how's that?!
The many brick streets that are in Atchison were layed by the hands of a man whose legs were amputated in an accident when he was young. He made himself a cart that he layed on and the story is that he could lay down 40,000 bricks in an 8 hour day. After all these years, the streets remain in very good shape.

The above residence was at one time the "carriage house" for the photo above it. Many of these old homes still had the carriage house behind and they have been transformed into some incredible extra living spaces.
It's all in the detail folks, I swear! This detail is over the front door of the house below. Notice also, how many of these homes have stained glass windows.

Note the carriage house in this one with the striped canopy over the window and the porch - seen in the lower right of the photo.

The courthouse.
What was once the High School, is now the middle school.

The icing on the cake (pardon the pun) was that Atchison is the home town of Mary Carol Garrity - founder of Nell Hills. We also attended her open house and fall book signing of her new book "O Christmas Tree". Please notice I'm having a give away of her new book - signed for my blog giveaway. You can check it out on my side bar.
Thanks for joining me with my walk back through Atchison and Outdoor Wednesday. I will be going over to to see more outdoor adventures.


  1. What a gorgeous town with such Beautiful homes. They are all just stunning. Thanks for the wonderful tour. Hugs, Marty

  2. Thanks for sharing your tour of Atchison. I'm going to get myself there someday to visit this town and shop at Mary Carol's Nell Hill. ~ Sarah

  3. What a charming town! I love old homes and paved streets. Thanks for sharing....Christine

  4. I love girls weekends and your tour was so much fun. Thanks for taking me along today.


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