Category Archives: National Historic Site

Shiloh National Military Park

We visited Shiloh National Military Park in Mississippi and Tennessee in September. The Battle of Shiloh and the siege of Corinth were important engagements early in the Civil War. “If defeated here we lose the Mississippi Valley, and probably our … Continue reading

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Booker T. Washington National Monument

Booker T. Washington was born a slave in 1856 in Franklin County, Virginia on the 207-acre tobacco farm of James Burroughs. We recently visited his birthplace. Since it was during the covid-19 pandemic the visitor center was closed but the … Continue reading

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Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site

In November, we went to St. Louis to add Gateway Arch National Park to our list of national parks we have visited. While there we also went to the Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site. The day we were there … Continue reading

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Antietam National Battlefield

Antietam National Battlefield is located in Maryland about 70 miles northwest of Washington, D.C. Visiting a battlefield is always a sobering experience and visiting Antietam was certainly that. Serene and quiet now, but on September 17, 1862, there occurred here … Continue reading

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Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

When we decided to visit Harpers Ferry, we immediately thought John Brown and that was basically all. Our American history class in high school taught about John Brown and, depending on your viewpoint, his actions made him out as either a lunatic … Continue reading

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What Makes a National Park?

(Wrangell- St. Elias National Park, 13,188,000 acres) February 22, 2018, Jefferson National Expansion Memorial became Gateway Arch National Park. It is a lot easier to say and remember than the original title. Because of this re-designation, our list of remaining … Continue reading

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Pecos National Historical Park

The Upper Pecos Valley in New Mexico has served as a corridor between the Great Plains and the southwestern high country for thousands of years. As a result, Pecos National Historical Park has layer upon layer of history. The park … Continue reading

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Washita Battlefield National Historic Site

It’s been over a year since we visited Washita Battlefield National Historic Site and it has taken me this long to decide how to write about it. Located in western Oklahoma, in November of 1868 this site was the winter … Continue reading

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Fort Union National Monument, New Mexico

Fort Union sits in ruins on the plains of eastern New Mexico and has a story to tell. The adobe ruins that are visible from quite a distance are the third iteration of Fort Union. Located strategically on the Santa … Continue reading

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Fort Smith National Historic Site

On our trip from Hot Springs National Park, we made a very slight detour to visit Fort Smith National Historic Site. From the little information I had found earlier, I thought it would be a very brief stop with perhaps … Continue reading

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