None of the ghosts of Belmead-on-the-James in Powhatan County, VA, showed up for a sitting. I imagined them in the rooms and on the grounds of the place. In truth, I couldn't imagine what enslaved people might have felt except horror and hopelessness. I did envision the African American students in the first half of the twentieth century walking in the rooms and wondered what might catch their attention. They might have taken these things for granted, or maybe not.
ReadingFrom the library in the old mansion at St Emma. Old leather bound book from maybe 100 years ago is a ledger with nothing inside. The candelabra is a cheap one, lightweight, alloy. Stained glass windows. Ghosts View from the TowerCLimbing to the tower on the riverside of the house and looking out over the roof of the mansion Window on River Side of MansionLooking into the house through 170 year old window. Trees are reflected in the old glass. Pillar Capital PortraitA closeup taken in the chapel of St Francis de Sales School for Girls. The room was ornate with many carvings like this. Now crumbling. 29 & 3/10 cents per gallonOld gas pump near the ruins of the barns and granary at St Emma. The school closed in the early 70s and I remember that's about what gas cost in 1971.