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A Visit with Colonel Monroe

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We should all be familiar (at least the Americans) with Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze’s 1851 painting called Washington Crossing the Delaware.  But do you know the identity of the man standing behind General Washington, holding the flag?  It’s Lieutenant James Monroe, who would … Continue reading

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Haters at Monticello

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I’ve never been a Thomas Jefferson fan.  Where others see complexity, I see selfishness.  And the Monticello Behind the Scenes tour just confirmed that opinion. Monticello, just south of Charlottesville, Virginia, was the primary home of Thomas Jefferson.  The land was inherited … Continue reading

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Of Mice and Madison

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A few years ago, staff working on the restoration of James Madison’s (President #4, for the nonAmericans) central Virginia estate, Montpelier, found a mouse nest behind a wall.  Upon examining it closely, they discovered that the nest had been built of items that the … Continue reading

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Outside Hampton

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You’d never know, from its peaceful setting, that Hampton sits just a few hundred feet from the Baltimore beltway.  A little traffic noise is all that hints that those trees at the edge of the formal garden covers a large … Continue reading

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Inside Hampton

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Best. Tour. Ever. I suppose I should qualify that with “that I can remember” or “of a historic site,”  since I’ve seen hundreds of historic sites and taken just as many tours.  But until I remember something else, the tour … Continue reading

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The Witchless Salem

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Nineteenth century Moravians color-coded their women.  That’s what I remember the most from my visit to Old Salem, North Carolina.  The women wore white bonnets and the bonnets were tied with ribbons.  Young girls wore red ribbons, single women wore … Continue reading

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Mountain Farm

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When the Smoky Mountains became a national park in the 1920s, the people living within the boundries of the park were forced to sell.  They were allowed lifetime tenancies, but since farming and logging were restricted, many had no way of … Continue reading

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