After considerable hesitation we decided to have lunch at Wendy's which means we will have to have dinner at Royal Farms, a gas station/restaurant. Blech. Now we're drinking sodas and reading about Delmarva's sketchy past.
Wilmington's pioneer church is called "Old Bohemia," Old Bo for short. This is where the first Jesuits ministered (often under pseudonyms because of persecution). It seems they also had a tobacco plantation to support themselves. It seems they had slaves, too.
This morning we met with the team for the diocesan sesquicentennial at the Archives, which are housed at St Joseph Church on he Brandywine--the Bidens' parish! It was very, very chilly, so no need to take off jacket or scarf.
We are sitting in a sunny Wendy's reading about the mighty nor'easter which is supposed to bury the region in 8-12 inches of snow tomorrow. All of our plans to explore the diocese have gone by the wayside. On the other hand, I guess we can use all the time we set aside for research to write the book.
This is the room where the Declaration of Independence and later the Constitution were debated and signed. The only piece of furniture that was actually in the room on those occasions is the chair in which Geo. Washington sat.
There were people in costume all over Gettysburg: men in accurate blue and gray uniforms, and women in petticoats. In the bookstore there were two men in ordinary clothes having a passionate discussion about some detail of the battle.