Wheatland

This gallery contains 5 photos.

President James Buchanan is often cited as the worst president in US history, for a lack of leadership — generally attributed to his waffling because he was a pro-southern northerner — that put the country on the final road to … Continue reading

Gallery | Tagged , , | 6 Comments

Capital for a Day

This gallery contains 4 photos.

James Madison came out of the Brookeville, Maryland house in which he’d spent the night of August 26, 1814 and walked up to the child standing next to me on the lawn. “Good afternoon, young man,” said Madison. “I’m the … Continue reading

Gallery | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Undaunted in Battle

This gallery contains 5 photos.

The Battle of Bladensburg, Maryland — when about 7000 Americans tried to defend Washington DC from the advance of 4500 British — has been called the most humiliating episode in American military history.  Because despite out-numbering the British and suffering … Continue reading

Gallery | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Mount Harmon Plantation at World’s End

This gallery contains 7 photos.

If you had all the money in the world and wanted to add a bathroom to your 230 year old Federal era manor, is this … … what you would do?  Even taking into account that you were doing it … Continue reading

Gallery | Tagged , , | 6 Comments

Small House Museum Love: Geddes-Piper House

This gallery contains 5 photos.

As I’ve written before: I love small house museums.  Or, for that matter, small museums of any kind.  I find that they have character often lacking in large, sterile environments. Quirky objects, quirky staff, quirky narratives.  What’s not to love? … Continue reading

Gallery | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

Bordello Lights in the Courthouse

This gallery contains 5 photos.

“Do  you know how I know I’m old?” my father is fond of asking.  “Wyatt Earp was alive when I was born.”  My father was born in 1926.  Earp died in 1929.  (Do you know how I know I’m old? … Continue reading

Gallery | 12 Comments

Flee the British at Congressional Cemetery

This gallery contains 5 photos.

On August 25, 1814, British forces marched into Washington DC and set fire to the White House, U.S. Capitol, and other federal buildings.  Whatever you may think of the current occupants of those buildings, this was not a good thing. … Continue reading

Gallery | 8 Comments