Minstrel Banjo

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My 1840s style gourd banjo at the Kingsley Plantation slave cabins, Ft. George Island, Florida. The cabins were constructed in the 1820s-40s and used into the 20th century. One cabin as seen here has had its roof reconstructed and walls refinished, the remaining cabins are ruins. All of them are made of tabby (oyster shells, quick lime, sand, and water) with plastered coatings.

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Comment by Nicholas A Bechtel on December 28, 2012 at 4:21pm

Very Cool!

I'll bet there are some spirits lingering around that place.

Comment by Adam Cripps on December 28, 2012 at 4:45pm


There are tons of ghost stories set on that island (there was also a Spanish mission on the site that got burned during a raid by the English in 1702, and of course many surrounding the families living on the island and the slaves there), but I can tell you from experience they are all just folklore.  I spent 3 years excavating the slave cabins there at Kingsley, and each season spent three months living on site, and never once encountered a ghost.  Having said that, my playing was unusually good while I was there in the cabin compared to my normal crappy playing (started playing minstrel banjo this past march)...so who knows...may have been the place, may have been a spirit....


Comment by Nicholas A Bechtel on December 28, 2012 at 5:06pm

good stuff, makes for all kinds of possibilities. Perfect setting for that banjo, yes indeed never know what you stir up with that sound. Thanks for sharing. 


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