The Morning He Died

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Two physicians, who were in the audience at Ford’s Theatre on April 14, 1865, attended Abraham Lincoln after he was shot.  The wound, they determined, was mortal, and there was nothing to do but try to make Lincoln comfortable while … Continue reading

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The Night He was Shot

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When I heard that Ford’s Theater National Historic Site was planning a two day, all-through-the-night event on the 150 anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, I got excited. Then I learned that tickets were necessary.  I assumed (and you know what … Continue reading

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The Atrocious Massacre

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Before we married, Mr. History Tourist worked in an area of suburban Philadelphia called Paoli. The name sounded vaguely Italian but it had been around since the colonial era and I thought it unlikely that colonial Pennsylvanians would name anything … Continue reading

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Right Straight Up

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We were huffing and puffing our way up Maryland Heights, making the fairly steep climb to its 1448 foot summit, when a lone man went running by us. He was running downhill, so we didn’t think much about it. But … Continue reading

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An Ornament on the Hill

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To get to the Lynchburg Museum, we had to climb these 139 steps. Okay, we didn’t have to climb them. It isn’t the only way to the museum.  We could have driven a car, or walked a more gradual incline … Continue reading

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Memento Mori

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Did you  know that the term “living room” in American lexicon came as a result of a movement to change the name of the public room at the front of a private house from “death room”? Pre-20th century, the dead … Continue reading

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Old City Cemetery

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Mr. History Tourist snorted when I told him that Old City Cemetery in Lynchburg, Virginia is that town’s most popular tourist site.  How sorry must a town be, was his thinking, if the best they can offer a tourist is … Continue reading

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