Traveling is a major part of my life. Before Covid-19 halted the world, I did an annual traveling trifecta. I would hit (3) different countries for the year. But the Covid-19 pandemic shut international travel down almost completely. But once things started to open up a little, like the rest of the world, I had to find ways to adjust.
As a filmmaker, story-telling is the root of my cause. It is always important to me to be present in my story-telling. Although it is time-consuming and expensive, it is definitely worth it and the sacrifice is invaluable.
The first road trip turned into a VLOG series, called Chasing History: The Underground Railroad. As a result, I have been on a mission to visit historical landmark sites that were a part of the legendary underground railroad. In addition, as part of this mission I drive through other towns with extraordinary history.
I have to admit, it has added an industrial piece to my growth, as I have always been a fan of the world's architecture and the history behind some of the most crafted pieces. But who knew, so much could be learned on the road. I certainly did not. Nevertheless, it has worked out wonderfully.
During one of my road trips I ran up on The Captain Timothy Hill House, a historic home located at Chincoteague Island, Accomack County, Virginia. It was built around 1800 and is the oldest home on the island. It is significant as a rare surviving example of log plank construction. The replica of the wooden chimney was added in 2017. A brick chimney hides underneath it so there is a legal working fireplace.
The Captain Timothy Hill House sits at 5122 Main Street. It's a typical dwelling of its time but also tells the story of a family. Timothy Hill, a Yankee sailor, ship wrecked off Assateague, made his way to Chincoteague and in 1822 married local girl Rebecca Russell. Their descendants still call Chincoteague home.
What a great find.