About Past Lane Travel


About Me and Past Lane Travel

Hello! Most people know me as a historical fiction and suspense/thriller author, but I’m also a history geek and road trip lover — especially the back roads of the USA.

I’ve learned so much as I travel throughout the country to do research for my novels that I wanted to share the “extra” information that doesn’t make it into my books.

When I say that I do “research,” I may go a little overboard compared to other authors. I like to experience what my characters experience and that means walking in their footsteps… or trying to at least.

For instance, I’ve camped with thousands of other “soldiers” at Civil War reenactments, gone target shooting from out of a helicopter, flown with Vietnam veterans in a Huey, and tramped across more battlefields, old cemeteries and dirt roads than I can count.

I also love small towns, antique shopping, old hardware stores and just sharing my history and travel discoveries with others.

I hope you enjoy taking a trip into the past with me by tagging along on Past Lane Travel. We’ll steer clear of the typical tourist sites to lesser-known landmarks and historical experiences. You’ll be surprised what you can discover and experience when you venture off the beaten path.

For those who enjoy dirt roads instead of highways, and a slow pace instead of the rat race, Past Lane Travels finds hidden gems of history that might be in your own home town.

Seeking historical sites when you travel helps you gain broader perspectives about different eras and cultures. Plus you can make meaningful impact by helping small town businesses and communities that provide authentic engagements and access to hidden cultural gems.

Let’s go discover new things… one historical destination at a time.

If you have any suggestions or comments, feel free to email me at jessica@pastlanetravels.com or use my Contact Me page.

If you’re interested in having me cover a particular historical destination, let’s find a way to work together.

In late 2023 I became an award-winning photographer with a photo I took at the Gettysburg Reenactment in June of 2023! I enjoy taking “artsy” photos of landscapes and capturing the perfect moment at events.

By the way, I’m a lifelong resident of Gettysburg and love it so much I wrote a book about it!

I want to provide information and inspiration to help travelers and history lovers find the perfect destination.

I am a lifelong resident of Gettysburg, PA, so I have in-depth knowledge of this historic town.

I spend a lot of time traveling to Southern states, including Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama and Louisiana.

But recently, I’ve been heading north, and have explored some of the sites in the beautiful Hudson River Valley of New York like the Vanderbilt Mansion and Mohonk Mountain House. I’ve also explored s Monhegan Island in Maine.

When traveling, I love spending the night at historic hotels and writing reviews so that others can see the beautiful architecture and learn about the intriguing history hidden within their walls.

Why I blog:

➡️ To share my travels and show readers how much fun and interesting history can be!

➡️ I want to inspire others to jump in their car and take a road trip to experience, see  and connect with the past.

➡️ History doesn’t have to be boring!  Join me in taking a trip back in time.

Here’s what you’ll find on Past Lane Travel:

✔️ Stories about the culture, history, heritage and traditions of America.

✔️ Insider tips on the most scenic and historic sites to visit on your way to a “touristy” destination.

✔️ Fabulous food that highlights the culture of different regions in the USA.

✔️ Advice and insight on travel gear, hotels and trip planning.

✔️ Destination information and advice.

✔️ Lots of information about Gettysburg – because it’s my hometown!

✔️ Reviews of historic hotels in the United States.

I also create Custom Travel Itineraries for Gettysburg and other historical destinations.

Some Fun Facts About Me:

☑️ I still heat my home with wood and do most of the splitting myself.

☑️ I LOVE yard sales, thrift stores and antique shops.

☑️ My first career was a veterinary technician at a horse hospital. My second career was a newspaper editor. I also spent 16 years working as a part-time stagehand at a performing arts theater.

☑️ I don’t like wearing shoes.

☑️ The house I currently live in did not have an indoor bathroom when I bought it—only an outhouse. (But it has indoor plumbing now)!

Author Jessica James taking a picture of a Huey for a story About a new museum for Past Lane Travels.
Jessica James working on a story about a new Huey Museum in Peru, Indiana.

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A Little More About Me

As a novelist I have won more than two dozen literary awards, and as a freelance writer I’ve been featured in such diverse platforms as Vietnam Magazine, The Epoch Times Travel Section, Atlas Obscura and ROVA Magazine.

I’m A Member Of The Following Professional Writing and Travel Organizations:

✅ Society of American Travel Writers (SATW)

✅ North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA)

✅ International Food Wine and Travel Association (IFWTA)

✅ Military Writers Society of America (MWSA)

✅ Novelists Inc (NINC)

Where I’ve Been

Dark Blue States: Visited ✅

Blue States: Soon

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