Category Archives: American Revolution

Tallest monument in Vermont

Most Americans don’t associate the state of Vermont with the American Revolution (the most likely state candidates are Massachusetts and Pennsylvania). Except Vermonters. They celebrate a legal holiday every year on August 16 – Bennington Battle Day – to commemorate … Continue reading

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Mansions in Fairmount Park

On a recent trip to Philadelphia I went on a long bike ride with a friend. We rode through Fairmount Park, arguably one of the largest urban parks in the country. The park includes a collection of historic estates, many … Continue reading

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Imagining Franklin’s house

Having just visited the only Ben Franklin house in the world still standing (in London), I decided to return to Philadelphia, the city where he lived most of his life, to see how the Americans have reinterpreted Ben in a brand … Continue reading

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Boston favorites

I just returned from Boston and once again enjoyed walking miles through the neighborhoods. It is truly one of America’s great walkable cities. I took a guided walking tour of historic Beacon Hill and no surprise, ended up on the … Continue reading

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American history in London

Several blocks from Trafalgar Square, with Nelson’s Column, fountains, lion statues, and pigeons, in the heart of London sits a short street of well-preserved Georgian homes in the shadow of Charing Cross station. At number 7 Craven Street, a small … Continue reading

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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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Locust Grove and the Clarks

Locust Grove Dear Papa – I hope you are well. I want to see you and my brothers. Kiss them for me. I am a good girl, and will learn my book. Your affectionate daughter, Mary M. Clark Written in … Continue reading

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A place of history inspiration – Williamsburg

I have often pondered the origin of my interest in history. While I can’t pinpoint a moment, I can identify a place that greatly contributed to my history inspiration. This place like few others in America has the power to foster … Continue reading

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Happy Flag Day – Mary, not Betsy

June 14 is Flag Day in the United States. It commemorates the day  in 1777 when Congress adopted the national flag. It’s not a federal holiday and most communities don’t hold celebrations, though many people fly a flag. I’m repeating … Continue reading

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Princeton’s Nassau Hall

My friend and I stopped in Princeton, New Jersey, for ice cream on the way back to Philly. We’d been to the newly opened Duke Farms, the historic estate of the Duke family (Doris Duke, Duke University, J.B. Duke) in … Continue reading

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