Plantation Visit #3 – The Berkeley Plantation – Charles City, Virginia


I am so excited to introduce you to the Berkeley Plantation.  This is a history rich site that sits proudly on the James River in Charles City, Virginia.  Berkeley is, both, a Virginia State and National Landmark.  I hope my pictures will provide you with enough evidence that this is probably the most beautiful location … More Plantation Visit #3 – The Berkeley Plantation – Charles City, Virginia

A Detour to Honor the Past: The Civil Rights Memorials


A few years ago, I had the opportunity to travel from San Diego, California to Raleigh, North Carolina.  I was not on vacation, but rather, I was helping my friend, Jennifer, move east to attend Grad School at North Carolina State University.  When we began our journey across the country, we wanted to take a … More A Detour to Honor the Past: The Civil Rights Memorials

Plantation Visits #2 – Magnolia Gardens – Charleston, South Carolina


I have done quite a bit of traveling. I have also visited more than two hundred historic sites since 2009. In all of my travels, THIS, Magnolia Plantation & Gardens, is the most impressive, the most memorable, and the most important historic site I have ever visited. Magnolia is rich in American history which dates … More Plantation Visits #2 – Magnolia Gardens – Charleston, South Carolina

Plantation Visits #1 – Boone-Hall – Charleston, South Carolina


I became interested in Black history during a class on Women’s History, surprisingly. My Professor, and friend, Dr. Linda Dudik (WWII Experience), taught the course. About half way into the class, Linda began telling a story about an enslaved woman by the name of Harriet Jacobs. That one woman’s story truly became a main thread … More Plantation Visits #1 – Boone-Hall – Charleston, South Carolina

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