Category Archives: 17th century

Washington Square in Philly

I would venture a guess that most people outside of Philadelphia have never heard of Washington Square, a 6.4 acre park sitting diagonal on the city grid from Independence Hall, birthplace of the United States.  This vast grassy park is … Continue reading

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Conflicting thoughts about Plymouth

It’s Thanksgiving in America and our thoughts turn to Pilgrims and the first Thanksgiving in Plymouth, or Virginia or wherever it really happened. I think Virginia and Massachusetts are still arguing that one. In any case, I visited Plymouth, Massachusetts … Continue reading

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Forget the witches – Salem, MA

I first visited Salem, Massachusetts several years ago. All of the guidebooks warned that it was a commercial mess, focused on the witches in American history, specifically the Salem witch trials of 1692. Admittedly, I had absolutely no interest in … Continue reading

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Nahant, a New England paradise

Nothing beats a personal tour of someone’s neighborhood. For a while my friend had been inviting me to visit his slice of paradise, an idyllic New England peninsula with Atlantic Ocean on one side and miniature Boston skyline across the … Continue reading

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Pilgrims and Wampanoags

Plimoth Plantation, a  re-created 1620’s English village, sits on a hillside overlooking the Atlantic Ocean a few miles from Plymouth, Massachusetts, site of the original 1620 settlement. (Plimoth is the spelling used most frequently by Governor William Bradford in his … Continue reading

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The fate of Carter’s Grove

The fate of Carter’s Grove

Great article in the Washington Post about one of America’s grandest historic homes, Carter’s Grove in Williamsburg, Virginia and the sad story of its fate. 

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Opportunity to explore New England

New England is one of my favorite regions of the United States. It is chock-full of historic sites in a compact and beautiful area. Enjoy some photos of my favorite New England history places. You may be interested in the program … Continue reading

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The Forts of San Juan

For those of us in cold climes, this time of year our thoughts often turn to sunny, warm beaches. My thoughts have turned to Puerto Rico, the only place I’ve visited in the Caribbean. My mistake was to visit in … Continue reading

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