Historic Fort Revere

 Posted by at 12:32 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 122020
 

Overlooked and unknown to visitors who come to Boston, Massachusetts to see the historic sites related to Colonial America and the American Revolution, the remnants of a fort on a small peninsula on the south side of Boston Harbor date back to the War for Independence. The area now known as Telegraph Hill, in the […]

James Monroe Museum

 Posted by at 12:12 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 292019
 

“A better man cannot be.” Those are the words Thomas Jefferson used to describe James Monroe in 1785, and most scholars of our country’s fifth president would probably agree. Born in Westmoreland County, Virginia in 1758, Monroe attended the College of William and Mary for a year before dropping out to join the Continental Army, […]

Ohio Indian Wars

 Posted by at 12:07 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 042019
 

While we were in Ohio doing research for a new book series we visited two places that recognize the struggle between Native Americans and settlers as the newcomers moved onto what had long been traditional Indian homelands. One of those places was Fort Meigs, located on a bluff overlooking the Maumee River. After suffering several […]

Let Freedom Ring

 Posted by at 12:12 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 082019
 

Besides the flag, no one item symbolizes American freedom more than the Liberty Bell. Pictured on postage stamps, coins, and posters, this icon represents all that is good about our country. But there are things you may not know about the Liberty Bell. Hung in the State House in Philadelphia in 1753, the bell was […]

Touring Tuscaloosa

 Posted by at 12:01 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 162019
 

If you live in Alabama you have to be a football fan. In fact, I think a requirement to graduate from middle school is to be able to recite from memory the names of all of the great Alabama football players and coaches, starting back in the days of Adam and Eve, assuming they played […]

Jan 242019
 

First settled in 1788, the rough frontier outpost where the mighty Ohio River and the Licking River come together grew to become a major industrial boomtown and shipping port for riverboats, earning it the nickname the Queen City of the West. Today everybody knows it by its formal name, Cincinnati, Ohio. For most of the […]

Oct 282018
 

Any of us who remember our high school history classes know about the terrible winter George Washington’s troops spent at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania during the American Revolution. But did you know there was also a winter encampment during the Civil War that was just as harsh? So much so that it has been called the […]

Sep 132018
 

On a winding back road in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, we discovered the tranquil remains of Laurel Hill, once a thriving plantation and the birthplace of one of the greatest heroes of the Confederacy, J.E.B. Stuart. William and Elizabeth Letcher, the great-grandparents of J.E.B. Stuart, settled here in 1778, during […]

Jun 262018
 

Note: This story is from my book Highway History And Back Road Mystery II. Just steps away from the Mayflower II on the Plymouth, Massachusetts waterfront can be found an immortal icon to American history. Plymouth Rock has been a symbol of the pioneer spirit and the potential America holds for all who come here. […]

Point Pleasant

 Posted by at 12:33 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 202018
 

We discovered history and mystery in Point Pleasant, West Virginia, a charming little community located on the bank of the majestic Ohio River in the foothills of the rugged Appalachian Mountains. The county seat of Mason County, Point Pleasant has been the scene of violent Indian conflicts, was an important riverboat stop, and is even […]