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Cockspur Island Lighthouse, Tybee Island, Georgia. It was built in 1855 on an oyster bed foundation. This 46 foot tower has an eastern side that is shaped like the prow of a ship to help it withstand the battering it takes from the waters that surround it. During the Civil War when the Confederate forces fell to the Union, the Cockspur Lighthouse stood directly in the line of fire for 30 hours.

Cockspur Island Lighthouse, Tybee Island, Georgia. It was built in 1855 on an oyster bed foundation. This 46 foot tower has an eastern side that is shaped like the prow of a ship to help it withstand the battering it takes from the waters that surround it. During the Civil War when the Confederate forces fell to the Union, the Cockspur Lighthouse stood directly in the line of fire for 30 hours.

Biltmore Estate, Asheville, North Carolina.

Gardening news and notes: Dutch innovation; kids in Britian up on gardening; men and tractors; Biltmore balance

Star-Spangled Banner, National Museum of American History. The original Star-Spangled Banner, which flew over Fort McHenry in 1814 and inspired the words of our National Anthem, hangs in Flag Hall of the National Museum of History and Technology, now the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution Archives, MAH-P6427.

Star-Spangled Banner, National Museum of American History. The original Star-Spangled Banner, which flew over Fort McHenry in 1814 and inspired the words of our National Anthem, hangs in Flag Hall of the National Museum of History and Technology, now the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution Archives, MAH-P6427.