An "Insider's View" of The Mount.

Trip Start Jun 17, 2013
Trip End Jun 29, 2013

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

After ringing the bell, a very nice woman opened the door and heard my apology for not calling ahead. Flashing the "Fund for Teachers" placard helped a lot I think. Anyway, she said she could take us up to the room where Darwin was born but no where else. We were also very limited in photographs taken. However, she gave us the name and number of one of the employees who might be able to show us more of the house later, which turned out to be crucial. So on the first visit, we go to see the foyer, go up the "servants'" stairs, see the room where Charles Darwin was born (now an office), and then return down the main staircase. I really can't describe how it felt to be in that room. I have admired Charles Darwin my entire life. I even had an uncle named Charles Darwin Jones. So to be in that room after being in the country only a few hours was almost overwhelming.

Upon returning the next day, we were able to take many more photographs. The building is in use as a government office, so they do not want its interior shown in photography. That is part of the fallout from 9/11. The interiors bear little resemblance to what they must have looked like. All the plasterwork has been painted multiple times, in additional to areas just being closed off. Our guide was wonderful, but I'm really curious how much the historical architecture of the house is known. If it is not known, some FFT teacher with a history and preferably architecture background needs to go through the town records and archives to study it. Need some help?
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Gail on

I'm so glad that you have finally made it to Darwin's birthplace. Your adventures so far seem to be mostly fun (even thougt your clothes were left in Jersey) and going with a friend makes it even better! Have fun and don't drive on the wrong side of the road!

Patsye on

Catherine, I am so excited for and with you! I am glad your friend is traveling along so you have someone to share the excitement with. I hope the clothes make it soon, and the good things continue to happen!

Terry on

Has your luggage arrived? Like these photos, btw :)

Kim on

Wow! There's nothing like standing in the room where your hero was born. AWE-some. We're all keeping up with you here, so keep us posted. Loving the pictures.

Catherine on

I felt like a groupie meeting the Rolling Stones.

Chris Davies on

I am the Shrewsbury resident you met in Fish Street and asked for directions to the Mount House where Darwin was born and brought up. Luckily I had been on a garden trail not long before and had found out a bit more about the house and Darwin's life there. I was glad to talk to you while we walked towards the house and then I had to leave you to get back to the car park so I am glad that the visit and the next one went well.

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