Blue Peter’s Tree

The son of the 1937 Triple Crown winner War Admiral lies beneath this giant oak at the Aiken Training Track.   After capturing the honor of “Outstanding 2-Year-Old Male” in 1948, Blue Peter arrived in Aiken as the pre-Derby favorite.  As a sports writer buddy of mine tells it, “He stepped off the van and […]


Ruins at Graniteville. We were scouting a location for a project last year and looked at this space.  60 tons of chlorine spilled outside in 2005 killing 9.  This is the Hickman Mill in Graniteville, SC, next to the train wreck site. That’s “textile green” underneath, common to mills in the Carolinas.

Post Dredge

Ruins at Stoney Bluff Pottery. Stoney Bluff was one of the potteries worked by David Drake – Dave the Slave Potter – in the mid-1800s.  A few decades ago, a pond site was bulldozed near the old kiln site and the “wasters” were piled in a dozen mounds on high ground.  The University if Illinois’ […]


Ruins on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Somewhere between Asheville and the Peaks of Otter lies a graveyard surrounded by a granite-capped wall.  After a few hours of cruising at 45, everything you see looks like it belongs there.  This spot felt as much like 1812 as 2012.