Poor old Walter. For years he's been moved back and forth around the capital city named in his honor. Whenever a new public construction is completed downtown, Walter is hoisted off his pedestal and taken on a short trip. Soon he's standing proudly in a new location, despite the jokes from some who think he's prissy-looking, and passing children point asking "who's that man in the funny clothes?".
For historical facts, and more on the amazing life of Sir Walter Raleigh, go HERE.
This past weekend we took a quick afternoon visit to the Home Improvement Show in the impressive, fairly new, Raleigh Convention Center. There was Walter, glowing in the sunshine in his current home set between the Convention Center entrance and a Marriott Hotel. A fashion shoot was taking place but he obviously had set his sights on something more interesting up the street - perhaps the State Capitol building surrounded by lovely trees and plenty of pigeons.
After all, Walter came from my neck of the woods, South Devon in England........green and beautiful, close to the sea and windy moorland of Dartmoor. In his little country village of Hayes Barton there were no monumental buildings - go HERE to see the charming farmhouse of his childhood, privately owned and not open to the public, but the land is still farmed.
Sir Walter Raleigh c.1554 - 1618
British aristocrat, writer, poet, soldier, courtier,
spy and explorer.