Touring Austen's England


Children’s author Helen Vogel Frederick went to England to tour Jane Austen country.

We were hunting for Steventon, a destination of the dot-on-a-map variety, but on this late April afternoon it eluded us. With no one but fields of sheep to ask for directions, we took several wrong turns through woods bright with bluebells before finally pulling up in front of a pretty country church.

When we went to Steventon, we actually asked passersby for directions, most of whom had never heard of the place. It’s a little like Shangri-la.