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Imagestormyla
Feb 10, 2010 2:35 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
No part of the US is as rich in history as the MidAtlantic. Please post here what historic places you have or want to visit. Share your stories, post your photos and please include links about the history that transpired there.

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Imagestormyla
Feb 14, 2010 1:38 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
The Gettysburg Battlefield has a recently revamped Museum & Visitors Center. It is on the top of my list to visit this summer.

http://www.gettysburgmuseum.com/

Imagestormyla
Feb 16, 2010 5:16 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
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The National Museum of the Civil War in Harrisburg, Pa is not to be missed. Both sides of the conflict are presented very well.

http://www.nationalcivilwarmuseum.org/index_1.php
Imageaspenhill
Feb 28, 2010 7:13 AM CST
Name: Terri
Lucketts, VA
I really like Thomas Jefferson's Monticello. Historic house and gardens in Charlottesville, VA.

http://www.monticello.org/
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Imageaspenhill
Feb 28, 2010 7:20 AM CST
Name: Terri
Lucketts, VA
Another place I like is Fallingwater. Fallingwater is the name of a house that is built over a waterfall. Frank Lloyd Wright designed the house for his clients, the Kaufmann family. Fallingwater was built between 1936 and 1939. It instantly became famous, and today it is a National Historic Landmark. It is located in southwest PA’s Laurel Highlands and 90 minutes from downtown Pittsburgh. The home sits in a scenic, wooded setting on PA Route 381 between the quaint villages of Mill Run and Ohiopyle.

http://www.fallingwater.org/
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Imagestormyla
Feb 28, 2010 9:49 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Terri, Thank you for these great links. Monticello is definitely one of the most memorable places I've ever visited. Jefferson had so many interests & hobbies that a visit to his plantation holds something for any visitor.

Fallingwater has been on my list of places to see for many years. Just last month, I added it to my list for this summer. Thanks for the reminder. Big Grin
Imagestormyla
Jun 26, 2010 11:20 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
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IF you've never been to Philadelphia, You are missing the birthplace and first capital of our nation. If you have an interest in history, no city in the US can rival Philly. And it's not just our city. All of the surrounding communities are peppered with spots of historical interest.

I live on the edge of Valley Forge National Park. A visit there is wonderful for anyone. There are 8 or 10 battlefields (Revolutionary War) in our surrounding counties.

We have an incredible array of historic buildings, estates, museums, churches, gardens and so much more.

Come see Independence Hall, Betsy's Ross's house, the Battleship USS New Jersey, the US Constitution Museum and everything to do with Ben Franklin. We are the main thoroughfare for the conestoga wagons and the underground railroad. Our rivers, factories and railroads made PA the highest GDP output in the US during the 1930'S Our coal mines and oil industry have wonderful museums.

Whatever you are interested in, Southern Pa has more than a few historic spots to commemorate it. Please come visit us!!
Imagesallyg
Aug 22, 2010 8:22 PM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
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Annapolis Maryland is the State capitol and a nice historic city for a day trip. Parking is available on some side streets and easy walk to the waterfront, or in the Parking Garage just up Main Street from the water. You never saw so many sailboats as you see in Annapolis City Dock or from the Eastport Bridge.
Stroll some side streets for historic homes and buildings. St. Mary's College, a block from the State House and Church Circle, is the oldest college in the United States. The Naval Academy is there and has a museum. City Dock area has restaurants, and shopping, or go a few minutes outside the city to Annapolis Mall for designer stores and every other mall store you ever heard of, and lots more restaurants. Or drive to Quiet Waters park (fifteen minutes) for a quiet riverfront park, or Sandy Point State park (ten min away) for a bay beach.
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Imagestormyla
Aug 22, 2010 8:28 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
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Sally, Isn't Carollton, just across the Bridge a pretty historic town too?
Imagesallyg
Aug 22, 2010 8:35 PM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
slef employed writier
From Annapolis one can walk across a bridge to Eastport and find a few more restaurant/pubs--that area is not as built up/ renovated as Annapolis.
If you mean the Bay Bridge--thats Kent Island, you have to drive a bit farther on that side but can go to St Michaels (popular and historic) or possibly Cambridge (still up and coming AFAIK)
"If you bring joy and enthusiasm to everything you do, people will think you're crazy" W. Haelfeli, New Yorker cartoon
Imagestormyla
Aug 22, 2010 10:00 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
What is AFAIK? Maybe Carrolton is just the other side of Baltimore. I also like visiting that town of Easton Maryland. It's quite nice there.
Imagercn48
Aug 23, 2010 4:16 AM CST
Name: Debbie
Lexington, VA
Tons of history here and Civil War buffs love it! Lexington, Virginia is on both the State and National Registers of Historic Places!
http://www.lexingtonvirginia.com/

Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery is always a favorite and the grounds are beautiful. There's Stonewall Jackson Museum and his horse, Little Sorrel, is a popular attraction at Virginia Military Institute. http://www.roadsideamerica.com/pet/lilsorrel.html

Virginia Military Institute, is America's oldest state-supported military college
and the VMI Museum was the first public museum established in the Commonwealth, in 1856! George C. Marshall Museum is located on the VMI campus as well.

Washington and Lee University http://www.wlu.edu/x6.xml named for George Washington and Robert E. Lee, is also located in the heart of Lexington and boasts two National Historic Landmarks - the beautiful architecture and charm of the Colonnade and Lee Chapel, where Robert E. Lee is buried. http://chapelapps.wlu.edu/secondary.asp?ID=7&NavOrder=20

A short drive from Lexington you'll find Wades Mill, a working water-powered flour mill also listed on the National Register of Historic Places. http://wadesmill.com/ Close by is the museum and blacksmith shop of Cyrus McCormick, who invented the reaper which revolutionized agriculture!

Hunter's Raid Civil War Trail http://www.huntersraid.org/ starts a little north of Lexington in Staunton, another quant historical town, travels through Lexington, across the famous (and beautiful!) Blue Ridge Parkway http://www.blueridgeparkway.org/ and ends just west of Roanoke, VA.

I haven't explored many of these sites but the one attraction I always recommend to anyone visiting Lexington is to take the horse-drawn carriage ride through downtown Lexington: Lexington Carriage Company http://www.lexcarriage.com/ It takes less than an hour and the driver's narration during your slow ride gives you interesting historical facts as well as a few lesser known tales (gossip/rumors)! Big Grin
Imagesallyg
Aug 23, 2010 3:49 PM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
slef employed writier
AFAIK (as far as I know)
"If you bring joy and enthusiasm to everything you do, people will think you're crazy" W. Haelfeli, New Yorker cartoon
Imagestormyla
Aug 23, 2010 8:08 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
LOL Thanks, Sal.

Deb, That is a wonderful list of places and links. Your part of Va has so much to see. I'm so happy you took the time to do that. Thumbs up .
Imagercn48
Aug 25, 2010 2:46 AM CST
Name: Debbie
Lexington, VA
We do have a lot to see, I'm just usually drawn to the more 'natural' sites (Natural Bridge, Goshen Pass, Blue Ridge Parkway, etc.) than the 'historical' sites.

One of the most intriguing events in the area is the Reenactment of the Battle of New Market http://www2.vmi.edu/museum/nm/index.html. New Market is a little more than an hour north of us and when traveling up and down I-81 we've seen the activities in the area surrounding the battlefield. The tents are up, the campfires are burning and horses are tethered to their posts waiting for the day's demonstrations to begin. Some years if our timing is right, when we're leaving town for the weekend we've even seen the 'Rats' (VMI Cadets) marching out of town for their long journey to New Market!
Imagewoodthrush
Sep 27, 2010 12:51 PM CST
Name: woodthrush
Albrightsville PA
The Lighthouse in Highlands, NJ
http://www.twin-lights.org/history.htm

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Imagewoodthrush
Sep 27, 2010 1:04 PM CST
Name: woodthrush
Albrightsville PA
And Sandy Hook Lighthouse is just a few miles away

http://www.lighthousefriends.com/light.asp?ID=378
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And a view of the Twin Lights as you are leaving Sandy Hook


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Imagestormyla
Sep 27, 2010 1:09 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Oh Pam, That looks great! That is only a short drive to Red Bank. Red Bank is a great town full of natural beauty & many historic spots.

http://visit.redbank.com/

http://visit.redbank.com/events.php

http://visit.redbank.com/historic.php
Imagestormyla
Sep 27, 2010 1:10 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Now, We've got a nice complete weekend trip going there!!
Imagewoodthrush
Sep 27, 2010 1:25 PM CST
Name: woodthrush
Albrightsville PA
Yes, Red Bank is very close. Ft Monmouth is where I met my husband.
And on out to Trenton
http://www.barracks.org/
NJ is full of history
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