Category Archives: Maryland

My Favorite Things 2016

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I don’t seem to have strayed far from home in 2016. Too busy with the move, I suppose. But I did do a lot of activities in the DC area — a “last chance before I leave” thing.  So here’s … 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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Capital for a Day

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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

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Undaunted in Battle

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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

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Mount Harmon Plantation at World’s End

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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

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Small House Museum Love: Geddes-Piper House

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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

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Camp Sites, Picnic Tables and Open Graves

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I rode with Robert E. Lee, For three years, thereabout. Got wounded in four places, And I starved at Point Lookout. From I’m a Good Old Rebel (authorship disputed) The lighthouse at Point Lookout State Park is surrounded by a … Continue reading

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