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Ferry Farm – George Washington’s boyhood home and why you’ll “dig it”

Ferry Farm in Fredericksburg, Virginia was George Washington’s home from the time he was 6 years old until he was 20. It’s the place he played as a child, became an accomplished surveyor and if the story is true – it’s here he took an ax to the infamous cherry tree. Today visitors to Ferry Farm learn the story of the first president’s boyhood home but may be surprised to find archaeologists at work identifying thousands of artifacts on what is an active archaeological site.   Housed in what was originally constructed as a boys home in the 1960’s, the […]

Take a scenic boat tour in South Carolina’s low-country

  This fair-skinned girl loves going to the beach, but I can’t take a full week of lounging in the sun so I always look for other activities. Plantation River Tours in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina provided a fun, fact-filled afternoon on a recent trip to Myrtle Beach. We boarded the Waccamaw Lady, a 60′ pontoon boat that cruises at 15 knots, at Wacca Wache Marina. The boat is comfortable, safe and most importantly – shaded. The restroom on board is clean and although there’s no food service, cruisers are welcome to bring coolers and picnics. The two and a half […]

You’ll find a love story at Belmont

On a recent trip to historic Fredericksburg, Virginia I took a detour off the traditional ‘touristy’ path and discovered a love story in nearby Falmouth. It’s the story of Gari and Corinne Melchers. As I learned while visiting their home, Belmont, “He was one of the most successful painters of his time, sought out by the rich and famous. She was a beautiful, young art student, and his biggest fan. They fell in love on an ocean liner and spent their lives sharing art.“   Belmont is a Georgian home built around 1790 perched on the banks of the Rhappahannock River overlooking […]

Five fabulous historic places for you to discover on the road less traveled

  Sometimes the best attractions are the ones you hadn’t anticipated finding. For example the time my friend Elaine and I vacationed in Vermont. We were exploring the grounds of Old First Church in Bennington when we happened upon a small white sign with an arrow. The sign simply stated, “Robert Frost grave.” Without a word we glanced at each other and followed the sign. Robert Frost is one of my favorite writers but I had no idea where he was buried nor had I been looking for his grave. Instead I unexpectedly came across his resting place and was […]

A ghostly adventure in Roswell, Georgia

  I’m a big fan of ghost tours mainly because I learn so much history about an area.  My husband and son went ghost hunting with me in Roswell, GA.   If you’re ever in the Atlanta area it’s a lot of fun and not too scary for the young ones. Enjoy! Do you believe in ghosts?  You may say no now, but the Roswell Ghost Tourmight change your mind.  This walking tour through the historic district of Roswell, Georgia tells tales of paranormal activity.  Hear the stories of women still waiting for their men to return from war, of the […]