Category Archives: 18th century

Historic Philadelphia hospitals

Guest post by Jay Blossom Last week I had the misfortune to be treated at two of America’s most historic hospitals, both less than a mile from my house in Philadelphia. On Tuesday night, I spent a few hours in … Continue reading

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Gunston Hall, home of George Mason

Gunston Hall, eighteenth century home of patriot George Mason, sits on a bluff commanding a spectacular view of the Potomac River – not far downriver from George Washington’s Mount Vernon and just over 12 miles by road. As close neighbors and Virginia politicians, Mason … Continue reading

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One of George Washington’s churches

Three churches in northern Virginia are usually associated with George Washington: Pohick Church near Lorton, Christ Church in Alexandria, and the Falls Church in the city that was named for it. All remain active churches today and their exteriors have … Continue reading

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Bits from the books… impress your friends with fun bits of history trivia

Bits from the books… impress your friends at holiday parties with fun bits of history trivia –  there is plenty more in my books. Here are 11 favorites. 1 Top General of the American Revolution, First President of the United … Continue reading

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Lexington and Concord revisited

I recently found myself in Lexington and Concord, again. I wasn’t planning this particular visit but my friends and I were traveling back to Boston from a week in Maine and hadn’t booked a hotel over a holiday weekend. For … Continue reading

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Bob Sutton: My favorite history site

Welcome to an occasional new feature of Historyplaces called Our Favorite Sites where I ask public historians to talk about their favorite history sites and share some of the challenges they face presenting history to visitors. Bob Sutton is Chief Historian … Continue reading

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Hands-on colonial farm

I recently visited The Claude Moore Colonial Farm in McLean, Virginia. Having grown up in the Washington D.C suburbs, I was familiar with the multitude of museums, parks, battlefields, historical societies and art galleries in the area. However, I never knew … Continue reading

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A French frigate arrives

I just visited the French frigate Hermione, a replica of the ship that brought the Marquis de Lafayette back to America in 1780. Under construction for almost twenty years, the Hermione is, according to the website,  the largest and most authentic Tall … Continue reading

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Patrick Henry’s Scotchtown – virtually

Historyplaces is about the joy of exploring new historic sites, those powerful places that transport you to another time.  I encourage people to seek out these places on their travels, but the truth is you don’t have to travel to explore … Continue reading

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America’s worst naval disaster?

Imagine a quintessential Maine seacoast town. What does it look like? Shaded streets, white buildings, a green in the middle? Many Maine coastal villages have these features, but few boast such a fascinating history as Castine. Situated on a narrow … Continue reading

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