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Colonial Williamsburg — part 8 of the great American road trip

Williamsburg: The Story of a Patriot stars Jack Lord as John Fry, a fictitious Virginia planter elected to the House of Burgesses in the pre-dawn of the American Revolution. This post contains affiliate links.  For more information, click here. The 37-minute orientation film at Colonial Williamsburg traces Fry’s growth from Tory to Patriot through his associations… Read More Colonial Williamsburg — part 8 of the great American road trip

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Tennessee to Virginia — part 7 of the great American road trip

Great Smoky Mountains National Park spans the border between Tennessee and North Carolina. The roughly 40 miles that I drove up and over the range, part of the Blue Ridge, were among the most peaceful of my entire cross-country road trip. In Springtime, the differences stand out between this most visited U.S. national park and… Read More Tennessee to Virginia — part 7 of the great American road trip

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5 Ways to Beat the Crowds at Colonial Williamsburg

There’s no place in the world quite like Colonial Williamsburg.  The living history museum recreates Virginia’s second capital city during the time of the American Revolution.  Visitors can see the 18th-century buildings, feel the brick pathways underfoot, smell the fires burning in the hearths, taste the hearty food in the taverns, and hear from “interpreters”… Read More 5 Ways to Beat the Crowds at Colonial Williamsburg

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Fredericksburg: From Revolution to Civil War

Say “Fredericksburg” and most people think of Civil War history.  That’s understandable.  The Virginia town was home to one of that conflict’s bloody battles.  And the Confederates’ victory probably lengthened the War. But first settled in 1607, Fredericksburg’s history goes far further back. After the Battle of Yorktown, George Washington held a “great reception” at his brother Charles’… Read More Fredericksburg: From Revolution to Civil War