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© Linda Houghton
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UploadedSeptember 2, 2011
TakenAugust 13, 2011
MakeNikon Corporation
ModelNIKON D90
Exposure1/1250 sec at f/18
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length35 mm

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Recently we went through a remodel in the kitchen -- It was a long 8 weeks and during that time I had little to no time to go out and shoot. The first free week-end I had free after the completion of my new kitchen, off I went, it was City Point Park in Hopewell, VA that I found this lovely cabin along with a history lesson too. I didn't know much about this place so I did a little research. I share it below.

Grant's Headquarters

Preserving Grant's Cabin

Once Grant had completed his duties as the leader of the Union forces, he was asked permission to have his City Point cabin moved and presented as a gift to the citizens of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in recognition of their loyal support during the war. The celebrated General agreed, and by August 1865, his cabin found a new home in Fairmount Park, complete with the furnishings he had in it at City Point.

For many years, Grant's wartime cabin stood as a major tourist attraction in Philadelphia. But through the decades, interest in the Civil War waned and the cabin faced neglect. Large portions rotted and had to be replaced, and vandals defaced other parts of the cabin.

In 1979, the National Park Service purchased Appomattox Manor (the site of Grant's City Point log cabin headquarters) and in 1981, it received permission from the Fairmount Park Commission to return Grant's cabin to City Point. The log structure was reconstructed on its original site in 1983 and is now an integral part of the City Point historical attractions.

During the spring of 2000, restoration work was completed on Grant's log cabin. The National Park Service is committed to preserving this log cabin site where epic events surrounding the Civil War helped to shape our nation's history.

16 responses

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (1 Sep 2011):

    love the composition and the story behind!

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (2 Sep 2011):

    I love the POV and framing on this one!!

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (2 Sep 2011):

    Fantastic framing! A truly beautiful comoposition, Linda! The flowers add a wonderful touch of color.

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (2 Sep 2011):

    WOW! I am so glad it has been returned and redone. You photographed it beautifully. I especially love the framing. Did you know that Grant was a failure in just about every pursuit he took unless it involved war? His wife was cross-eyed and he loved her dearly. She followed him to many places during the war and they had four children. I love history.

  • Betty Maxey

    Betty Maxey   gave props (2 Sep 2011):

    This is gorgeous, I too, love the framing! Excellant!!!!!

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight gave props (2 Sep 2011):

    Good story! Mrs. Grant was supportive, and she often stayed with her husband at Army HQ.

  • jeff case

    jeff case (Deleted) said (3 Sep 2011):

    hope the kitchen is going well for you. this is a great shot.

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (6 Sep 2011):

    So interesting, and so lovely a place, well captured Linda

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (7 Sep 2011):

    Beautiful. You couldn't have framed it better. Thanks so much for the info.

  • Shirley Valencia

    Shirley Valencia   said (12 Sep 2011):

    love this the comp and the pov..... great clarity............

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (13 Sep 2011):

    I love how you framed this...It is nice to see these historic buildings restored and preserved....Interesting narrative and lovely shot.

  • Winky Vivas

    Winky Vivas (Deleted) said (20 Sep 2011):

    Absolutely beautiful! Wonderful color, composition, light, and narrative. Exceptionally well done...

  • Raje Esteban

    Raje Esteban gave props (25 Sep 2011):

    Simple. Well composed. Nice story.

  • Lanis Rossi

    Lanis Rossi gave props (28 Sep 2011):

    Well done!

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (2 Oct 2011):

    glorious shot!!!

  • Carol Dandrade

    Carol Dandrade gave props (7 Jan 2012):

    Beautiful framing and great story!

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