|Berkley Castle, ca. 1950|
In 2010 the Virginian-Pilot published an article about Sam Jones and Marguerite “Peggy” Upton who were both born in 1893 and spent their formative years in Norfolk’s Berkley neighborhood during the "Roaring Twenties." Upton is described as "the quintessential American gold digger. She was the inspiration for the iconic Lorelei Lee, heroine of Anita Loos’ Gentlemen Prefer Blondes." Sam, on the other hand was deeply rooted in the Victorian morals of his childhood in eastern North Carolina.
You can read the article, The Iron Forger and the Gold Digger, here: http://www.virginialiving.com/culture/the-iron-forger-and-the-gold-digger/.
This month's Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of Mrs. Godfrey's ghost who haunts the Island Inn/Odd Fellows Lodge. The story is taken from Chapter Three of my book, Digging up Uncle Evans. You can read the account here: https://www.villagecraftsmen.com/mrs-godfreys-ghost/.