Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Photos from Bowie's Belair Mansion Xmas Event

Stefanie and Jeff in the mansion
Every year the city of Bowie, Maryland has a Christmas event, where the historic Belair Mansion opens its doors for a "candlelight" self-guided tour. Within the mansion a small musical group plays Christmas songs as people explore the inside, nicely decorated for Christmas.  We were joined for the event by our friends and neighbors Jeff and Stefanie.
Rob and Tom in the mansion
   Outside the mansion a small choir of children sang a couple of Christmas carols (as it rained lightly) and a small tree was lit. Then Santa came riding up in a firetruck and said hello to all. 
     Some history: Belair Mansion, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, offers a look at Bowie’s earliest history. Built circa 1745 for Provincial Governor Samuel Ogle and his wife, Anne Tasker Ogle, the Mansion later became one of the homes of William Woodward, noted American horseman of the 20th century. Enlarged by Woodward in 1914, the Mansion today reflects its 250-year use as a residence.
The Belair Mansion
   BTW- As has happened every time I visit, the ghost of the little 3 year old girl named Anna, who lingers in the house (and whom is buried in the cemetery in the backyard) visited me while we were walking around.

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Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next