Category Archive: history

America’s First State Chartered University

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In 1784, the former thirteen British colonies, now American states, were still reveling in the wonder of having defeated the most powerful military and naval force in the world less than a year… 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 World’s First Women’s College

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As an author of historical fiction, it is a good thing I enjoy research, which sometimes takes almost as much time as the actual writing of the novel. I am presently in full… 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

History of the South’s Favorite Pie

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In the American South, there is one pie that rises above all others as a perennial favorite. It is a simple concoction of melted butter, eggs, sugar, corn syrup, vanilla, a dash of… 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

How London’s Bobbies Got Their Name

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There are few things more synonymous with London than the Tower, Big Ben, double decker busses, black cabs, and the traditional headgear of the Metropolitan Police. The custodian helmet, as it is officially… Continue reading

Time Travel

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I learned at a young age that time is relative, particularly historical time. Something ancient history to me might be a fond memory to my parents or grand parents. (Or not so fond,… Continue reading

Henry Fielding: Man of Letters and Law

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Henry Fielding had reasons to make the statement quoted in the feature image to the left, perhaps the greatest being that he was a man whom nature had chosen to send into the… Continue reading