Category Archives: city/town

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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Places to eat in New Orleans

I just returned from a short trip to New Orleans and since the city is well-known for its culinary goodness, I dutifully did my part to eat in as many restaurants as possible. Many restaurants in the old part of … Continue reading

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Historical dining – A Kentucky tavern

I like to eat in eighteenth century historic taverns. I have great memories of evenings spent enjoying gambols at Chowning’s Tavern in Williamsburg and eating at the other restored taverns in the colonial town. Then there’s City Tavern in Philadelphia … 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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The trial of the century?

Charles Town, West Virginia sits a few miles from Harpers Ferry in rolling countryside, not far from the Virginia border. It’s the county seat of Jefferson County and its history goes back to 1786 when George Washington’s youngest brother, Charles, … Continue reading

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One of America’s best war monuments

I’ve visited Indianapolis various times in the past few years for business  and can’t seem to drive through town without passing by Monument Circle, the huge public space in the center of town, just a block or two from the … 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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George Washington’s bath tub

The sign read “George Washington’s bath tub (1748).” If someone meant to get my attention, they succeeded. This rectangular stone tub encloses one of the natural warm springs in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia. The town was originally called Bath in … Continue reading

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The Grand Army sign

My friend and I were on our way back to Boston after a trip to Maine and stopped in Newburyport, Massachusetts for a lunch break. I’d been there once before and had made a mental note that it was a … Continue reading

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Amazing adaptive reuse in Boston

I love it when historic buildings are saved from the wrecking ball and either restored to former glory or transformed into a dazzling new space. A good adaptive reuse project always intrigues me. While I was visiting Boston, a friend … Continue reading

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