Z is for Z’end

As the 2016 Blogging from A to Z Challenge comes to a close, I sincerely thank everyone who looked at, liked, commented upon, and shared my posts on this and my other two blogs (DiscoveringHome.com and SinclaireMonroe.com),  with friends, family and fellow-bloggers.

I know that I have thoroughly enjoyed discovering your blogs. I have been impressed with your creativity, and inspired by your talent. Thank you.

Below are some shots that I especially like, even if many were previously posted during this month-long-blog-a-thon. I hope you enjoy these pictures – and I hope you stop by again.

R is for Rising Sun, Indiana

Along the Ohio River some of the prettiest river towns in the country are just waiting to be discovered and enjoyed.

Rising Sun is an excellent example of a small town with a big view.

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This friendly town, registered in 1816, is easily found just 40 miles west of Cincinnati and about 100 miles south of Indianapolis.

The Ohio County Historical Society invites visitors – and residents – to learn about Rising Sun, and the surrounding area. Stop by for Quiltfest, or stand next to hydroplane racing treasures like the Hoosier Boy.

A walking-friendly place with buildings on Main Street dating back to 1832, this is an ideal destination for architecture buffs, history geeks – and couples looking for an opportunity to hold hands and stroll.

Home to Heritage Hall, the Empire House Hotel , as well as the Rumpe House,  beautiful Rising Sun offers a special venue for memorable events, comfortable and charming accommodations, or even a new home – all within walking distance to the picturesque and history-rich Ohio River.

Take the scenic drive down US56 to arrive at a river state of mind in Rising Sun.

L is for Learning

Scattered across the country, one-room schoolhouses continue to teach and to educate. There remains a lot to learn from these community supported and built structures – from early concepts of education and what these schools meant to frontier settlers, to the raw materiels available in any given area, to career opportunities during that time for women, persons of color, and men.

Take a moment to look for these iconic structures while driving along the back roads or walking through small towns. Some may have become museums, private homes, barns or sadly – overgrown ruins – but they remain an important part of our history and are worth saving for the next generation of learners.


Local historians generously provide invaluable assistance when searching for these treasures. I am frequently indebted to:


Joyce Baer, Dearborn County Historian




And to Julie Schlesserman, Manager Local History and Genealogy Department, Brookville Public Library with Donald Dunaway, Franklin County Historian





K is for Knowledge

Everyone knows that there are incredible wonders waiting to be discovered inside the local library … but sometimes unexpected touches, factoids, or even inspirational quirks are to be found outside, as well!


It’s fun to find those little details …


Enjoy the prettiness of each place …


Learn about local and national history …


And let your imagination, your dreams, your plans …



J is for Judicial

Travel through Indiana, and the courthouses will almost always capture your attention. Built to withstand changing weather – political or atmospheric – these structures make a statement about the women and men who crafted new lives in this frontier, and who had great dreams and solid hope in the coming generations.

Ripley County:

Dearborn County:

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Ohio County:

Franklin County:

Decatur County:

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