Category Archives: Maryland

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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I Am Impressed

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Heave, ho, heave, ho.  I was pulling on a rope with about 15 other people, trying to raise a sail on a British Navy schooner.  It was June 1814, and we were about to engage in the Battle of St. … Continue reading

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Clara and Julian at Glen Echo

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I heard an intriguing story about Clara Barton — the kind that they didn’t tell us in school — while visiting the Clara Barton National Historic Site at Glen Echo, Maryland. Julian Hubbell was a 29-year-old chemistry teacher and school principal … Continue reading

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The Right to Ride a Carousel

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The first of the vanished posts, originally published in fall of 2012. ____________________ The Glen Echo amusement park, in the Maryland suburbs of Washington DC, originally barred African Americans. My father tells a story of going to Glen Echo in … Continue reading

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A Halloween Story

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I’m a volunteer for the Historic Annapolis Foundation, an organization dedicated to preserving the historic buildings and teaching the history of Annapolis, Maryland.  It runs a museum and several historic houses, and is headquartered in one of the oldest – … Continue reading

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Grumpy McGrump at Fort McHenry

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“What are you doing, all alone?” I asked a man in early 19th century military uniform, sitting at a desk in an exhibit room at Fort McHenry. He stared at me for a moment, as if annoyed at being engaged.  “Waiting,” he … Continue reading

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It’s Good to be the Captain

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There’s nothing that says “experiencing history” to me like suffering.  I thought about it at Gettysburg, standing in the oppressive heat and humidity for hours waiting for the Pickett’s Charge commemoration to start.  I had been thankful that I was in the latest and greatest engineered … Continue reading

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