Paul H. Belz's epic historical antebellum romantic-adventure novel chronicling America's industrial and social coming-of-age. The novel follows five characters, all of whom demonstrate life's reality that you can have joy or power but not both. Enjoy the free sample chapters below and purchase at the Amazon Kindle store.
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Alexandroffsky Land Use Plan
This is the layout of the Winans Baltimore mansion showing use of the land and the first floor design of the home.
Crimea's Architectural Report
The architectural report prepared by the firm of Cho, Wilks & Benn and submitted on July 8, 1987 nominating Tom Winans’ Crimea estate for inclusion as a Historic Property by the Maryland Historical Trust.
Tom Winans' Diary
Tom Winans’ handwritten diaries & expense books from 1851 through 1856 give enormous detail about the construction of his two huge Baltimore estates, including Alexandroffsky in the city and his country estate Crimea with its mansion Orianda.
Waltz sheet music
Sheet music for the “Alexandroffsky Waltz” Tom Winans commissioned in 1875 to honor his sister Julia, who died that year.
Winans Family Timeline
A chronological blending of world, state, local, and family events that shaped the Winans’ lives: their lands, occupations, recreation and conversations.