Mary Laughinghouse diary entry about Bath visit
In the fall of 1892, nineteen-year-old Mary Octavia Laughinghouse from the town of Grimesland in Pitt County, North Carolina, took a daytrip to Bath, a carriage ride of some 25 miles. Her companions for the day were her neighbors, twenty-four-year-old John Bryan Grimes and his sisters, twenty-two-year-old Charlotte and twenty-year-old Mary. Two years later, Mary and Bryan would be married. Their trip to Bath is both the story of young people having fun on a day out and a description of Bath as a country crossroads with a decaying history.more...
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