|Civil War in Sonoma County|
Good friends, Beth and Chris, have just completed an RV rally traveling to many of the Civil War battle sites around the country, commemorating its 150th anniversary, 2011-2015. Over our many years of RVing we have visited many locations as well, like Gettysburg, PA, Fort Sumter near Charleston, SC, and Fort Morgan on Mobile Bay in AL.
My hometown of Durham, NC played quite a pivotal role both before and during the war, being instrumental in shaping national compromise to preserve the Union. At the time, people here reflected a microcosm of North Carolina’s ambivalence about secession. Free blacks lived much like their white neighbors, some skilled but most just plain dirt farmers, alongside one of the largest plantations in the South.
Our recent visit to the Petaluma Historical Museum was to see the amazing Smithsonian exhibit, Beyond: Visions of Planetary Landscapes. I'll let the video and slide-show do the talking. Needless to say it was spectacular. We then wandered upstairs and learned all the local Petaluma history, thus the Civil War subject!