I took a bit of a detour this week. Instead of writing, I enjoyed a walking tour of Old Monterey and photographed doors from some of Monterey’s famous historical landmarks so I could join in the Thursday Doors photo challenge hosted by Norm Frampton at Norm 2.0. Here are some of my favorite doors.
Stokes Adobe built in 1833 -this door hangs in the entryway to the courtyard of this famous adobe that now houses a restaurant. I am of the understanding the door shown below is one of the original doors to the house. Over the years, there have been many reports of ghostly hauntings at Stokes Adobe.
California’s First Brick House built in 1847- was originally meant to be the family home of its builder Gallant Duncan Dickenson. Dickenson pulled up roots and headed to “gold country” before it was completed. California’s First Brick House was later used as a mortuary, a motel, and a restaurant. (Not at the same time, of course)
Sherman Quarters built by Thomas Oliver Larkin– the adobe known as the Quarters of General William Tecumseh Sherman, Sherman Quarters for short, because in the 1840’s, then lieutenants William T. Sherman and Henry W. Halleck stayed there. Both men became generals later in their military careers. Several strange occurrences took place in Larkin’s garden adjacent to Sherman Quarters.
It would be remiss of me to leave historical Monterey without dropping by the Old Monterey Jail. This place just feels creepy. Built in 1854, many of Monterey’s notorious outlaws were housed in cells behind these doors.
My “Smile of the Week” comes from the old man in the garden at the Monterey State Historical Park. Although we cannot see his face I am sure he is smiling in his heart. I know I am.
“Smiles are contagious; let’s start an epidemic” -Laura Smith-