Category Archives: President

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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Another Virginia presidential estate

There’s nothing like visiting a history site on a glorious early spring day after a long cold winter. I had the opportunity to visit President James Monroe’s Highland (as he named it) to hear a book talk during the Virginia Festival of … 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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History relevance at Mount Vernon

I’m fortunate to live near George Washington’s restored estate, Mount Vernon. I’ve visited in all seasons, in the spring to see the mules, at Christmas to see the camel and taste the chocolate, in early summer to see the farm site, and in the … Continue reading

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Last battle against Britain

The iconic view of New Orleans includes the dramatic statue of Andrew Jackson on a rearing horse, the St. Louis Cathedral rising in the background. The statue commands  the surrounding park, Jackson Square, named for the man who became a hero … Continue reading

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George Washington danced here

Gadsby’s Tavern was on my list of historic sites to visit for many years, but I could visit it any time so never did. Finally, I can cross it off the list. The occasion of a friend’s birthday celebration brought me there for … 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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History near the blossoms

  Here’s an excerpt from my new book “A Grizzly in the Mail and Other Adventures in American History.” One evening a few days ago I left work, turned into the setting sun, and walked west toward the Jefferson Memorial. … Continue reading

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Top 10 history sites in Washington, D.C.

The cherry trees will be blooming soon and Washington is bracing for the spring crowds. I’ve lived in the Washington D.C. area now for nineteen years and love the area’s rich, layered history. If you’re planning a trip to Washington D.C., here is my … 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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