American Treasure

Sherlock Holmes, a character in the novel Jane Eyre Gets Real, loves solving any mystery. That includes treasure hunts. It was with great interest that he followed the true story of Forrest Fenn, a wealthy art dealer, who buried a chest full of gold coins and nuggets, jewelry and gemstones galore in the Rocky Mountains of #Colorado; he then issued clues via his self-published book, The Thrill of the Chase: A Memoir. Anyone who found the treasure, valued at $2 million, could keep it. Fenn, diagnosed with cancer at the time he published The Thrill, wished to motivate people to … Continue reading American Treasure

Mr. Darcy’s #Disneyland: Vauxhall

If you’ve ever wondered where people in the Regency and early Victorian eras went to beat the heat, Mr. Darcy, a character in┬áJane Eyre Gets Real, will whisper this word in your ear, “Vauxhall.” This pleasure garden was opened in South London, on the banks of the Thames, in 1661. However, Vauxhall didn’t reach the height of its popularity til the late eighteenth century, when it was owned and managed by Jonathan Tyers, a P. T. Barnum-like promoter. He introduced season tickets (for a guinea) that looked like metal tags, engraved with the owner’s name. It was also possible to … Continue reading Mr. Darcy’s #Disneyland: Vauxhall