Category Archives: agricultural

Immigrants come to Wisconsin

How often do you get to see a Norwegian or Finnish farm? In America? Or see nine newborn piglets, or taste horehound candy, or ride an 1880s tricycle… On a recent trip to Milwaukee to visit a friend, we headed … 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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Where food and history mix in San Antonio

I recently visited San Antonio, Texas again. The famous historic sites in town are, of course, the Alamo and perhaps the Spanish missions. But I explored a beautiful area of town once called “Sauerkraut Bend” with a main street named … 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 Lincoln log cabin

Abraham Lincoln has  been on my mind this week because Wednesday was the 150th anniversary of his assassination. Plus, I just returned from a trip to Illinois, the land of Lincoln, where it seems one is always several miles from a … Continue reading

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Stepping into history

Have you ever looked at a historic photo and wished you could step into it? (I have, look for it at the end of this post.) I made my annual trip to the Indiana Historical Society in Indianapolis recently, to teach … Continue reading

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Icon of the American Frontier

At milepost 5.8, the very northern end of the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia, sits an iconic symbol of American individualism: a small log cabin and farm. A weathered split-rail fence delineates a small clearing, surrounded by the forests of the Blue Ridge … Continue reading

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Jefferson’s masterpiece

  It was not the ideal, sunny crisp fall day I’d hoped for…with clouds hanging low, I knew the spectacular views from the little mountain would be minimal. But, I would be passing through Charlottesville and wanted to stop at one of … Continue reading

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George’s bath tub and Abe’s cottage

In honor of Presidents’ Day in the U.S.. which celebrates the February birthdays of both President George Washington and President Abraham Lincoln, here are some past posts about some not as well-known sites associated with these two famous leaders. George … Continue reading

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A gem of southern California history

Last month I taught a workshop at a fascinating history place that most people have never heard of. Thirty minutes or so east of downtown Los Angeles sits a historic gem surrounded by industrial parks. The six-acre Homestead Museum site … Continue reading

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