Mar 112018

Anybody with an interest in history and tradition owes it to themselves to make a trip to Annapolis, Maryland to tour the United States Naval Academy, where our country’s finest Naval officers have been trained for almost 170 years. Established as the Naval School in 1845 with a class of 50 midshipmen and seven professors, the […]

Cape Cod Canal

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Jan 132017

Note: This story first appeared in the November-December, 2012 issue of the Gypsy Journal. Recognizing that a waterway across the seven mile wide isthmus of Cape Cod, connecting Buzzards Bay and Cape Cod Bay, would be a great trade boon between the Plimoth Colony, local Indian villages, and the Dutch merchants sailing from New York, […]

Oct 132014

Note: We are revisiting some of our favorite old places that we’ve been to before, and sharing some of their stories again from our previous visits. At the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort, we found an impressive collection of nautical exhibits that tell the story of North Carolina’s seafaring past, and how it has […]

Sep 242014

That’s the slogan of the men and women tasked with moving men and materials for the military, and since the Revolutionary War they have been doing the job using everything from covered wagons to aircraft to boats and railroads. On a visit to the United States Army Transportation Museum at Fort Eustis, Virginia yesterday we […]

Jul 202014

Before we left this area Terry wanted to make another trip to The Weaver’s Loft, her favorite fiber store in the country, which is in Guilford, only 10 or so miles away from the Indian Lakes Thousand Trails Preserve. So yesterday afternoon we drove over and spent some time with Barb Gallagher, who owns the […]

Spooky Places

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Oct 282012

Since Halloween is coming, I thought I’d share some photos of spooky places we saw yesterday on a day trip to Beaufort, South Carolina. Founded in 1711, Beaufort experienced Indian attacks, threats of Spanish invasion, occupation by Union troops during the Civil War, hurricanes, fever epidemics, and plenty more that surely would make it seem […]

Oct 152012

We were up and out the door earlier than usual yesterday to explore historic Fredericksburg, Virginia. Established in 1728, this friendly and charming little city on the banks of the Rappahannock River was an important commerce center during Colonial days, when ships traveled upriver from the coast to load up on locally grown tobacco, bound […]