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Review: Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson

Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson is a YA novel detailing Philadelphia's 1793 Yellow Fever epidemic. Being in Philadelphia, I have heard about this particular epidemic...every time I walk past Washington Square Park I think about it, as well as the Revolutionary soldiers buried there. In the 18th Century, however, this space was called Potter's field.… Continue reading Review: Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson

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Ridley Creek State Park: 18th Century Charm

Ridley Creek State Park is only 15 minutes from my apartment, and holds within it the Colonial Plantation featured in a previous post. With miles of trails to hike, Ridley Creek has many still-occupied 18th century farmhouses (oh how I want one,) as well as ruins of ones that did not survive the ages. The ruins… Continue reading Ridley Creek State Park: 18th Century Charm

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Review: America’s First Daughter by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie

America's First Daughter by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie Amazon blurb: From her earliest days, Patsy Jefferson knows that though her father loves his family dearly, his devotion to his country runs deeper still. As Thomas Jefferson’s oldest daughter, she becomes his helpmate, protector, and constant companion in the wake of her mother’s death, traveling… Continue reading Review: America’s First Daughter by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie

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Jamestown Settlement & Historic Jamestowne

The Williamsburg area is rich with history - it is called the historic triangle: Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Yorktown. We didn't get up to Yorktown this time, but we did get a cab down to Jamestown Settlement. The Jamestown museum, Powhatan village re-creation, and Jamestown village rec-reation is actually a different sight from historic Jamestowne (aka… Continue reading Jamestown Settlement & Historic Jamestowne

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Colonial Williamsburg – Oct 30 & 31, 2015

You'd think that living on the East Coast my entire life, I would have been to Williamsburg at some point. But no! At 28, I was finally able to go and I absolutely loved it (as expected). I wish I could have spent more time there--and will most definitely go back at some point (we… Continue reading Colonial Williamsburg – Oct 30 & 31, 2015

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238th Anniversary of the Battle of Germantown

Fought October 4, 1777, the Battle of Germantown was one of Washington's final attempts to win back Philadelphia from the British. By the time the Battle of Germantown was fought, Washington's army suffered low morale due to the back to back losses at Brandywine and Paoli (which actually wasn't the full-out massacre the papers of… Continue reading 238th Anniversary of the Battle of Germantown

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238th Anniversary of the Battle of Oriskany

Two historical posts in one week!? I know! And I'm in the middle of moving so things are hectic. But coincidentally, August 6th holds another historical meaning for me in terms of what I write about. This year marks the 238th Anniversary of the Battle of Oriskany. I have mentioned here before that in school… Continue reading 238th Anniversary of the Battle of Oriskany

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Remembering Hiroshima & Nagasaki 70 Years Later

The bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki have stuck with me ever since I first learned about them. As they should - as they should for most people, I think. On August 6, 1945, "Little Boy" was detonated 2,000 feet above the city of Hiroshima in a blast of around 12 to 15,000 tons of TNT.… Continue reading Remembering Hiroshima & Nagasaki 70 Years Later