A Wonderful Trip Back in Time: The Gilded Age at Staatsburg State Historic Site


Part of traveling, for me, is to just be in the car, driving along, and I see a sign pointing me somewhere, and I simply follow it. That is exactly how I stumbled upon a charming “country home” in Staatsburg, NY.  the town of Staatsburg dates as far back to 1690, when the English colonial … More A Wonderful Trip Back in Time: The Gilded Age at Staatsburg State Historic Site

The Hermitage: President Andrew Jackson’s Home, Nashville, Tennessee


One of the best ideas I ever had was to make themes for my travels. I have four or five themes, but this particular trip falls under visiting all of our President’s homes and/or libraries. I have been blessed to have visited several over the past few years and I wish I had taken more … More The Hermitage: President Andrew Jackson’s Home, Nashville, Tennessee

Traveling to Historic Sites and Museums – The Truth Meter


I, like so many of us, spent most of my childhood visiting historic places of interest during field trips in school. I grew up in San Diego so there were many cool places to tour right in my backyard. As I grew older, I visited the Missions, Balboa Park, Cabrillo National Monument, and many other … More Traveling to Historic Sites and Museums – The Truth Meter

The Unmasking of George Washington in Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge (2017) (Book Review)


Finding Phibby (see blog from July, 2011) changed my entire life as it relates to my desire to study history.  I have read about many enslaved people who ran away from their enslavers, but none have had the same impact on me as Phibby. For the first time, ever, I found someone and that someone became … More The Unmasking of George Washington in Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge (2017) (Book Review)

Stagville Plantation: A Must Visit Destination


If you’re ever in the Raleigh/Durham area, you should visit the Stagville Plantation Home and Slave Cabins. There is considerable history worth exploring, such as a slave street, complete with 4 or 5 multi “family” slave cabins and a huge barn built by enslaved men, assembled and the beams joined together by an African system … More Stagville Plantation: A Must Visit Destination

An argument against the Supreme Court decision Brown vs Board of Education (1954)


“We conclude that in the field of public education the doctrine of ‘separate but equal’ has no place. Separate educational facilities are inherently unequal.” On May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its landmark Brown v. Board of Education ruling. History: My thoughts on this historic(?) day. Although we look at this landmark Supreme … More An argument against the Supreme Court decision Brown vs Board of Education (1954)