It’s hard to believe it’s been a month and a half since Stephen and I returned from a wonderful long weekend in Beaufort, South Carolina, which was as relaxing as it was eye-opening in many respects. This sea island town by the water was one of the first to be occupied by Union soldiers during the Civil War, and the multitude of antebellum homes throughout the area makes history come alive in the modern day. Having grown up in the Northeast, this was the first time I had personally experienced the “deep South” with its regional pride and unique charm. I loved everything about it.

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As we toured the Arsenal museum, I caught a glimpse of an old writing desk and handwritten bills of sale for slave trade (!).  For some reason, seeing things in people’s own handwriting always makes them seem more real to me.

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Down the street from the museum was the Beaufort Inn / Southern Graces, which was setting up for a weekend wedding. Past and present truly coincided in this historic Low Country town.

The South is known for its unique traditions but also for the cherished love of formality and elegance. Besides formal events, weddings and the like, binding and legal historical documents are always my favorite things to see hand-rendered. Are there certain items that you always like to see done in handwritten calligraphy? What are your favorite uses for it? Inquiring minds would love to know…leave your comments and thoughts! 🙂