Category Archives: industry

An unexpected Lincoln house

Most people associate Lincoln with Illinois. They do not expect to find Lincoln history in Vermont. On a recent trip to the Green Mountain state, my family visited Hildene, the home of the Lincoln family for 70 years… Robert Todd … Continue reading

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The golden spike at last

On several ski trips to Utah I had picked up a brochure about the Golden Spike national historic site. I’m not a train foamer (enthusiast) by any means, but as a history geek I felt a small obligation to see … Continue reading

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A rhapsodic bike ride in Philly

The Wissahickon Creek valley runs through Philadelphia and has been a refuge for weary urban folks for centuries. It has inspired artists and writers from Thomas Moran and Thomas Sully to Edgar Allan Poe who wrote: “Now the Wissahickon is of so … Continue reading

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A top ten historic town

Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, is one of my favorite history places. Just over an hour’s drive from Washington, the town tumbles down a steep hillside at the confluence of two of America’s great rivers: the Shenandoah and the Potomac. Three … Continue reading

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Beyond Mount Vernon

I’ve visited George Washington’s home, Mount Vernon, many times, but this past weekend I finally visited another Washington site that I’d been curious about for years. Just three miles down the road from Mount Vernon sits Washington’s distillery and gristmill.  The … Continue reading

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