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To Live Forever Tour Stop: Elizabeth Female Academy

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A haunted ruin. An ancient highway. Faint swishes of skirts through corridors. A cacophony of whispered crushes mixed with bird song.

According to the Daughters of the American Revolution, Elizabeth Female Academy was the first college for women in America. Whether that’s true or not, I saw a scene there on a chill morning in October. It played out like technicolor on the side of ragged brick.

All that was missing was a very special character.

I dug into the history of the place and — voila! — I found him. A certain celebrated bird buff taught at Elizabeth Female Academy in 1822. His French-tinged voice rumbled through time and slammed into me. I think I developed a little crush while I was writing him.

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And now, for today’s Reader Question, filmed on site at Elizabeth Female Academy.

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  1. Loved the photo of you eating the fried chicken, Andra. And it was fun hearing your voice. Have a great day, my friend. My feet ache just thinking about you!

    Hugs from Ecuador,
    Kathy

    March 3, 2014
  2. I wish I was along for this stretch. The academy calls to me somehow. Have a fabulous walk today.

    March 3, 2014
    • The ruins and the history of the Elizabeth Academy was one of the wonderful discoveries for me in preparing to write the book.

      March 3, 2014
  3. I really did like that character’s concern for Em and Merry. You did a fine job writing him. And I loved the appearance of the “Lawd Gawd Bird” in your book. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-GDRP8eAtg

    March 3, 2014
    • Nice video…captures the landscape, similar in MS as in AR.

      March 3, 2014
  4. What a tour. Looks like cold weather headed your way. Keep warm.

    March 3, 2014
    • I walk fast, so being active will help keep me warm….cooling off is a bit harder.

      March 3, 2014
  5. Perfect spot to answer that question, darling — I loved that character so much — and the ambiguity is great.

    March 3, 2014
    • Thanks so much for the question…I hope it inspires others to ask questions along the way.

      March 3, 2014
  6. Love the history I learned and am learning along the way. I had no idea that the academy existed nor that your French character had been through the region. Too cool.

    March 3, 2014
    • If the book helps awaken learning about the history and geography of the Trace and its characters, I will be quite pleased.

      March 3, 2014
  7. It’s exactly the way I’d imagined it from the description in the book!

    March 3, 2014
  8. Ah, Jacques…an amazing story on his own. I wonder how many hotel bills he skipped on, leaving the decomposing remains of his feathery models behind.

    March 3, 2014
    • Charming characters tend to know they are, and use it, don’t they?

      March 3, 2014
      • Um…yes. I mean, I think so.
        :-)

        March 3, 2014
  9. I love your voice. And I love ruins. Elizabeth Female Academy would easily become of my favorite spots if I lived close enough.

    March 3, 2014
    • It is a great picnic spot…wish I had the time to dawdle…

      March 3, 2014
  10. Good job! I don’t even see tags of “Andra wuz here” anywhere. ;)

    March 3, 2014
    • All the discussion on things to ‘pack’ and I didn’t think to pack spray paint….but really, the only tags I do are #hashtags!

      March 3, 2014
  11. SO glad you enjoyed that chicken! :) I’m learning a lot from the book and your journey. LOVED THE BOOK!! :) :)

    March 3, 2014
  12. tarakianwarrior #

    Oh so very beautiful. Love the photos. I’m with you in spirit! :D

    March 3, 2014
    • There are lots of spirits out here, Lori….hopefully all good ones.

      March 3, 2014
  13. Well, I have my theory as to the answer to Helena’s query! Loved the photos; and you may have all the fried chicken you want, I’d give my eyeteeth for that Clabber Girl sign on the wall behind you!

    March 3, 2014
  14. Great photos Andra, it looks like your first two days have been filled with beautiful scenery! And some chicken and snacks. :)

    March 3, 2014
    • Beautiful scenery is always helped by beautiful weather….today, not so much.

      March 3, 2014
      • Oh no, I was thinking of you out there with the awful weather news. :(

        March 3, 2014
      • I persevered…and am now with my feet up.

        March 3, 2014
  15. Am looking forward to reading the book. (just have to have my husband get a job first..)

    March 3, 2014
  16. I love old ruins; and I especially love the historical significance of this one. Did you encounter the ghost of sexy Monsieur Audobon while you were there?
    March on, warrior!

    March 3, 2014
    • The South is a great place for ruins….lots of history, and lots of forgotten places.

      March 3, 2014
  17. Oh, I’d enter, but I’m afraid I’d have to DO the Charleston if I won, and Charlie don’t dance (or surf)… :D

    March 3, 2014
  18. so colonel sanders really WAS with you ) great pics and you are almost there, keep going, andra. )

    March 3, 2014
    • If Roy keeps eating fried chicken at this pace, he might need to get a white suit and hat.

      March 3, 2014
      • absolutely ) good luck tomorrow -

        March 3, 2014
  19. Jack is wonderful, and the ruins are exactly the way I pictured them. Love to hear you answering the Qs!

    March 3, 2014
  20. It’s just a shell, isn’t it?

    March 3, 2014
  21. With as many miles as you must travel each day I’m impressed you can stop and spend any time at all along the way. What an interesting ruin, and I didn’t know a thing about this academy. You are inspiring me to do so much extra reading as I delve into new little historical nuggets, thanks to you!

    March 4, 2014

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