Monday, April 9, 2012

Historical District: A Window to the Past

Here's another excerpt from the Rampart City Travel Guide 2012:

The first settlers to live in what is now Rampart City were Dutch traders back in the 17th Century.  For a few trinkets that would be worth only about $30 in today's money, the Dutch traders bought the land from the native peoples.  Despite that, it wasn't until the British established a fort on the island of Rampart that the population began to grow.

The Dutch trading post and British fort have both been lost to time, but in the Historical District one can still find many homes dating from the time of George Washington.  That these homes have survived fires, storms, floods, and wars is a testament to their quality craftsmanship.  These homes are still occupied today, some as quaint bed and breakfasts and others as small businesses, but most remain home to the city's intellectual elite.

Besides colonial homes, one can also find examples of Victorian architecture as well as brownstones and the like from the turn of the early 20th Century.  What you won't find are any of the newer prefabricated houses popular in the suburbs.  Which is why for those interested in getting a taste of what the city of Rampart used to look like, the historical district is a must visit.

Walking tours are available or you can download a guide and give yourself a tour.  Either way, the historical district is a wonderful collection of antique architecture.  The historical district is also one of the safest neighborhoods of the city, though travelers are still advised to take all reasonable precautions.

I is for Ian MacGregor:  Scottish for Villain

8 comments:

  1. Holy crap! I don't think George R R Martin can compete with you there. He never wrote a travel guide to Westeros. Impressive.

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  2. Are you giving us excerpts from your novel or just filling us in on some of the details? It really seems that you've thought this story through.

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    1. These aren't excerpts, just made up stuff inspired by the series. Really for my self-published novel "Where You Belong" I made up a fake Wikipedia page for my narrator (http://www.whoisfrostdevereaux.com), so that's kind of what I do.

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  3. I want to take a tour of this city. It reminds me of what the Resident Evil city might have had in it before the zombie plague (which you should do)! Zombies in Rampart City for the Scarlet Knight to fight! (I even rhymed it for you).

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    1. My original idea for the 5th story in the series involved zombies. Then I was like, "No, that's stupid" and changed it. Though really Marvel and DC Comics both had zombie stories.

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  4. I was trying to figure out where Rampart City was...till I realized from reading the comments its a made up place. I love it. I might have to write a Travel Guide for my novel now...of course I've written bits and pieces of travel guides to DC and people have said it makes them not want to come to the city, so I might need to work on that.

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  5. Hey there PT,
    I must say your little snippets are intriguing. And your writing aint bad either....

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  6. Just say no to zombies... use killer cyborgs instead. But not the borg variety.

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