History

  • The History and Secrets of the Castillo de los Templarios | Her Life in Ruins

    The History and Secrets of the Castillo de los Templarios

    I don’t know about you, but I am a sucker for knight lore! One of my favorite (and most well known) groups of knights were the Knights Templar, and not just because they got a major shout out in National Treasure. When thinking of the Knights Templar, your mind probably goes straight to the Crusades and hoarding treasure. What you probably don’t know, though, is that the Knights Templar was…

  • Dry Ground: Brewing Hops and History | Her Life in Ruins

    Dry Ground: Brewing Hops and History

    When you think of Kentucky, one of the first things that probably comes to mind is bourbon. But, did you know that the state also has tons of awesome craft breweries? Today, I’m giving y’all an inside look at one of my favorite breweries here in the Bluegrass: Dry Ground. I’m absolutely obsessed with Dry Ground because everything they do is rooted in history! They’re super committed to supporting the…

  • Exploring George Washington's Mount Vernon | Her Life in Ruins

    Exploring George Washington’s Mount Vernon

    George Washington – an American icon. There are fewer things more patriotic than the first President of this great country, making visiting Mount Vernon a must for anyone who loves GW. Mount Vernon is a short drive or boat ride from Washington, DC and is a perfect day trip. My dad and I were lucky enough to visit the estate during a recent family trip and had the loveliest day…

  • The OFC Distillery - A Taste of History at Buffalo Trace | Her Life in Ruins

    The OFC Distillery – A Taste of History at Buffalo Trace

    As a Kentuckian, I take great pride in the various bourbon distilleries in this great state. Thankfully, Buffalo Trace has embraced that history with one of their newer tours! While renovating a storage space in 2016, the crew at Buffalo Trace came across a wonderfully preserved distillery from the Pre-Prohibition Era called the OFC Distillery. Now, they’ve made the site tour-friendly and invite visitors to see it and try some…

  • The Theatre of Dionysus Eleuthereus: A Hillside Excursion | Her Life in Ruins

    The Theatre of Dionysus Eleuthereus: A Hillside Excursion

    Hey ya’ll! Welcome back to my Site Sunday series. Last week, we talked about the Acropolis in Athens. This week, we’ll be talking about the Theatre of Dionysus Eleuthereus, which is also in Athens, Greece. The Theatre of Dionysus Eleuthereus sits at the base of the Acropolis and premiered some of the most famous plays in existence! Background The Theatre of Dionysus of Eleuthereus has entertained visitors since the 6th…

  • A Complete Guide to the Acropolis in Athens, Greece | Her Life in Ruins

    A Complete Guide to the Acropolis in Athens, Greece

    Hey y’all! Welcome to my new Site Sunday series, where I feature a new archaeological site each week. First up is the Acropolis in Athens, Greece! The Acropolis, which means “city top” or “citadel”,  served as the administrative and religious center of Athens. The Athenian Acropolis rises nearly 500 feet over the city and has a surface area of about 7 1/2 acres, which is pretty huge! Like most Ancient…