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The American Riverboat

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As early as 1811, steamboats began to navigate the inland rivers of the United States. Most notably, the Mississippi River, which ran from Minnesota to New Orleans, and the Missouri River, which intersected… Continue reading

Tar Heel Nation

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In honor of my new home, North Carolina, I decided to dig into why the state is known as the “Tar Heel” state. I had heard a story years ago, something about slaves… Continue reading

The Great Fire of Edinburgh

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  Most people have heard of the Great Fire of London, but the Great Fire of Edinburgh might be more significant, since it heralded in the modern era of British firefighting. Edinburgh in… Continue reading

George Washington’s Christmas Raid

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At this time of the year, especially in the Northern United States, uppermost in our minds are warm fires, hot chocolate, and the comfort of family as we celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas. Can… Continue reading

The Long History of the Hedge Maze

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If you thought the hedge maze, or the more American version, especially in the fall, the corn maze, was an English tradition, you’d be sadly mistaken. The first such maze was invented more… Continue reading

Mr. Jefferson’s Roses

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For anyone who loves flowers, roses, orchards and a great vegetable garden, Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello in Charlottesville, VA is a destination to put on your To-Do list. The house itself is brimming with… Continue reading

The Tobacco Brides

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  A couple years ago, I wrote an article for USA Today on how 45 authors got together and wrote 50 novellas about mail order brides. The trope of mail order brides has… Continue reading

Elizabeth Van Lew–Self-Taught Spy

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The Civil War was a trying time in America’s history, and brought out the best and worst in people. The nation divided itself into North and South, with the livelihood of the South… Continue reading