Archive for October 12th, 2015

Tondee’s Tavern

October 12, 2015

Who can guess who’s related to Peter Tondee?

(Hands waving wildly all over the Internet.)

Apparently y’all have read this blog and know that Sugar is related to EVERYONE. Except me. 

Thank goodness. 

There’s a modern restaurant named Tondee’s Tavern which is vaguely near the original location of Tondee’s Tavern where the Sons of Liberty met in the Long Room. 

So it looks like we need a little photo opportunity. 


Why do I have 2 photos of the same thing?

Coffee, pretty coffee.

It’s the


Thank you, Peter Tondee! I named an orphan kitten for him once. (Orphan? Peter Tondee? Look it up.)


The House at 34 South Battery 

October 12, 2015

Sugar’s mother was a Lawton from Savannah. 

Her sister Leslie married a Read, and they lived in Charleston at the corner of Battery and King. 

They had one child named Margaret, and they divorced. Margaret never married. 

Sugar found these photos in his mother’s photo album, which was more in the old scrapbook style where one glued the photos and momentoes to the pages. He’s identified the back garden and carriage house at Aunt Les’s at 34 South Battery. Margaret is in the hammock, Aunt Les is in a chair, and perhaps Sugar’s mother is the other person. We can’t be sure, but she’s not facing the camera, and that was her habit to turn away from the camera. 

This looks like a spring day. The irises are blooming, and the trees are not in full leaf. 

Sugar remembers that his Aunt Les was not a happy person. Is that a child’s memory? Or was she bitter about being divorced, and that attitude became her signature? Maybe she just needed a Sugar of her own. 


The garden and the carriage house are gone. 

The people are gone.  

The memories are gone. 

All we have left are these charming photos. 

Sleep well, everyone. We’re thinking about you.