A little historical background goes a long way…

“Murder at the Alcazar”–St. Augustine, 1900s

Henry Flagler built two grand hotels in the late 1880s. Both are still in use. The Ponce de Leon Hotel is home to Flagler College; the Alcazar Hotel is now the Lightner Museum.

People playing golf by Fort Marion – Saint Augustine, Florida. 1902. Black & white photoprint, 6 x 8 in. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory.
A view from the tower at the Ponce showing the Alcazar and to its left, the Annex, now Casa Monica Resort & Spa..

The former Casino Pool, the largest indoor pool in the world at the time, is now the site of the Alcazar Cafe.

Courtesy of the Lightner Museum

Lady Discovery, detail from the rotunda of the Ponce de Leon Hotel.

Rotunda, main entrance of the Ponce, same source.
Hotel Alcazar – Saint Augustine, Florida. 19–. Color postcard, 9 x 14 cm. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory.
Sculpture beside steps at former Ponce de Leon Hotel Ladies Entrance, now Flagler College.
Entrance to Flagler College, formerly know as The Ponce.

“The Right Touch” takes place in one of these–Railroad Suburbs

An overview of suburbanization in the United States, 1830 to 1960, U.S. National Park Service, Department of the Interior.

Haddon Heights, N.J. —“The Ideal Suburb”

“Caught Dead at Haddon Hall”–Atlantic City, 1921

Postcard, 1900-1910
Haddon Hall, June, 1920
1921 advertisement
 December, 1921
Resorts Casino, 2015, formerly Haddon Hall
Window detail, Resorts Casino, 2015

From an unpublished novel, but who doesn’t want to know about the N.J. Electrified Railroad, 1906-1931?

  • West Jersey and Seashore Railroad
  • 650 volt DC
  • Camden to Atlantic City via Newfield
  • See SJRAIL.com for more information.

From teacher to writer, in 500 years or less.