Nashville, Tennessee has been called the Athens of the South since the mid 19th century. In a part of the country which at the time, wasn't renowned … [Read more...] about Exploring ancient Greece in Nashville, TN: The Parthenon
The History Trekker
History travel is time travel
WHEN THE TIME AND PLACE IS RIGHT, the present fades away and you find yourself transported back to another time, another place. The more you know history, the more you understand how we got here, the more you understand who we are. The more things change, the more they stay the same.
Have you ever wondered what it was like to live in another time? Sometimes it’s the little details that tell the story of the past, things that at the time were taken for granted. Everything from spoons to medicine …
As a kid, nothing made a long drive complete like a stop at a historic site. From the battlefields of the Civil War, to time traveling back to early Plymouth at Plimoth Plantation, there’s more to American history than we realize, and it’s all around us. Just ahead at the next exit even.
Some towns and cities reek of history. New York City has history literally stacked on top of history. Other towns are like stepping back into time … from the curated Colonial Williamsburg, to the towns where the twentieth century was just slow to show up. Nearly all towns and cities have their history, if you know where to look.
All around the world, people celebrate their history. Hell, here in America we celebrate medieval history and we weren’t even around in the middle ages. Maybe it’s the costumes, maybe it’s just a chance for guys to play with weapons. While you might not get an authentic experience, you do get a healthy dose of fun and a lesson or two.
We’re still fighting the American Revolution in some places. The Civil War is still being played out on the streets and in courtrooms across the country. It’s hard to argue that the founding fathers would have been against gun control when one of the first things Washington did was require everyone to register their weapons. Would the original participants in the Boston Tea Party join today’s tea party? The oft times hidden side of history …
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Some things we took for granted, and among them was drying clothes on a clothes line. Certainly not the speediest method, but there's a charm to the … [Read more...] about Daily Life of the 19th Century: Clothes on the Line
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It's a cliche of course, but no less true, the statement by George Santayana, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." I'm … [Read more...] about Yorktown Battlefield Historic Site: Vive la Yorktown!
Sleepy Hollow, a remembrance by Washington Irving is a short article which first appeared in the Knickerbocker Magazine in 1839. Unlike Irving's more … [Read more...] about Return to Sleepy Hollow, from an essay by Washington Irving
Of the living history sites I've visited, none capture the imagination like Plimoth Plantation. Plimoth Plantation feels real, for aside from the … [Read more...] about Living history in America’s most historic attraction: Plimoth Plantation brings the seventeenth century to life
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Many things come to mind when you mention Cape Cod - JFK walking the beach at his summer White House at Hyannisport, a getaway for the well-to-do, the … [Read more...] about Historic attractions, shipwrecks and solitude on Cape Cod