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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