We hadn’t planned to visit William Faulkner’s home on our visit to Mississippi. We didn’t think we had enough time. But really, the temptation was too great: It seemed sacrilegious to leave Oxford without making even a brief pilgrimage.
So before we headed out to the Mississippi Delta, we stopped by Rowan Oak, the stately antebellum mansion Faulkner bought for $6,000 in 1930. He had just published The Sound and the Fury.
Producer Elissa Nadworny and I lingered outside, looking way up at the towering cedar trees that line the walkway to the pillared entrance. We were skulking around when the front door burst open and curator William Griffith spotted us. “Well, c'mon in!” he called. And in we went.
The Windsor Ruins are in Claiborne County in the state of Mississippi, about 10 miles southwest of Port Gibson near Alcorn State University. The ruins are those of the largest antebellum Greek Revival mansion built in the state.
Both sides of Shaggy’s family trace their lineage back to before the Revolutionary War. His mother’s side first got their fortune with French fur trappers in the north, then made even more money in land sales, and have heavy Métis and Ojibwe blood in them, but his Dad’s side of the family is…pretty bad and mostly have their origins in the south. Shaggy has a great Uncle Beauregard who owns an antebellum mansion in South Carolina where Shaggy spent his childhood summers. The place always scared the shit out of Shaggy, who says the place is nothing but ‘bad vibes’ and “I don’t know man, like, horrible things have happened there. You can feel it.” The place probably is actually haunted. As a result, Shaggy is way more sensitive about ghosts and ghouls and the supernatural than most of the group.
While Fred largely concerns himself with the people who are being negatively affected by the ghosts or monsters they encounter, Velma has a scientific interest in the phenomena, and Daphne just wants to fight a ghost, Shaggy is the the one who doesn’t really want to mess with forces they don’t understand and who, along with Scooby, tends to have the best intuition about danger. Shaggy is the member of the group who will get a bad feeling, grab the back of your hoodie and pull you back before you fall through a rotten part of the floor. The main issue is that he has a lot of trouble telling his gut feeling apart from his anxiety.
It’s not really an outright superstition so much as an “I am not going to be a dumb white kid in a horror movie” gut sense. Like, if a group of ‘hip teens’ came up to Shaggy like “We’re going to the abandoned asylum with a Ouija board! Wanna come?” Shaggy would be like, “um, no. If I was like born in 1908 I like probably would have been one of the people they locked up in there. I’m like, not messing with that place.”
The Nottoway Plantation, as seen on The Mansions of the Gilded Age, is a magnificent 1850’s Sugar Cane’s estate, the largest Antebellum Southern Mansion, located between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, Louisiana to stand guard over the Mississippi River.
Worst moment in each of the Fightin'!Daphne AU Gang's life so far?
Huh… tough question.
Scooby’s a mutt and a rescue in this AU—basically his breed is German Shepherd + Chocolate Labrador Retriever + Great Dane + Pit Bull with maybe some mastiff in there. A group of really shitty people were trying to breed fighting dogs for size, obedience, and aggression, but Scooby and his littermates were rescued before these people could start pitting them against each other, but up until then Scooby was really neglected. He can’t stand being alone in the dark.
Worst moments of Shaggy’s life were being forced to spend childhood summers at a fucking antebellum mansion that belonged to his uncle somewhere in South Carolina—the place was probably actually hella haunted because horrible shit went down there and Shaggy couldn’t stand his racist-ass southern cousins and they knew the place scared the shit out of him at night and they’d play these awful pranks on him and Shaggy would have really bad nightmares. It was rough.
When Velma was in middle school she would carry around this little composition book of ~weird things~ she saw and she would write down long notes on weird stuff and draw pictures and color them and she was constantly stapling new pages into it to write on and she would print out all these UFO and cryptid reports on the internet (And pictures of Dana Scully) and glue them in there and highlight them and she loved her mystery book and she was always writing in it. She was never really good at getting along with other kids but she had her book and like, if it looks like you’re very busy writing or drawing something, people (usually) don’t bother you, so she would carry it around all the time so she didn’t have to talk to people. One day some kids thought it would be funny to stuff her mystery book in the toilet. It wasn’t funny.
Worst moment of Daphne’s life came shortly after she got diagnosed with ADHD. Daphne kind of had a habit of ruining any kind of social event her parents would try to host, and one day the Blake family nanny/Chauffeur took Daphne out for a special day “Just for Daphne” and “just because” and it was great—they went to the beach and boardwalk, Daphne got ice cream, and she rode all the rides. Then Daphne comes home to see the house staff rolling extra tables away and cleaning up after what looked like a big To-Do and her mother was like, “Oh your father just had some business associates over–don’t worry about it, it would have been dreadfully boring and you would have hated it.” And then it hit Daphne so hard that the whole day had basically been to keep her out of the house so she wouldn’t embarrass the family. She doesn’t like to talk about it but it really fucks her up how much her family is embarrassed by her.
Fred was on his middle school’s wrestling team and got his arm broken at a wrestling meet by a boy named Robert “Red” Herring. It was a bad break. Really bad. Compound fracture. They really shouldn’t have even been in the same weight class. The really shitty part is that everyone saw what happened, his parents had the match on tape—they know Red used an illegal move but he only got a slap on the wrist for it because he had family pretty high up in school administration and his family had recently made a generous donation to the school. Fred couldn’t wrestle for the rest of the season, but he did get a sudden interest in criminal justice while he was recovering.
Originally conceived in the mid-1950s by Walt Disney as a walk-through ghost house, artist Harper Goff was tapped to conceptually design the attraction of The Haunted Mansion. The house originally had a rural American design and was intended to be at the end of a crooked path that led away from Disneyland’s “Main Street” area. Eventually the decision was made to place it in the New Orleans Square section of the park, and thus the attraction was themed as a haunted antebellum mansion.
The Haunted Mansion’s design went through many changes before its facade was completed in 1963, six years before it would open to the public, delayed by Disney’s involvement in the New York World’s Fair in1964 and 1965. At one point Disney’s concept was to be entirely walk-through and empty out at a restaurant with a theme of “The Museum of the Weird.” (This would be similar to other rides like Pirates of the Caribbean, which is paired with The Blue Bayou restaurant.) Plans were designed for this concept, but then abandoned.