Mount Vernon: A National Treasure

Mount Vernon: A National Treasure

They call it a “privately-owned treasure” and no truer words were ever spoken. A trip to Mount Vernon is like taking a step back in time AND a step into the classroom. Whether you’re interested in history, agriculture, old homes, Colonial living, gardens or Virginia...
Magnificent ‘Nottoway’ Plantation

Magnificent ‘Nottoway’ Plantation

Imagine a majestic plantation home that sits about 200 feet behind a Mississippi River levee, and is surrounded by mature live oaks, magnolias and pecan trees. Your imagination probably can’t compare to the impressive and spectacular Nottoway Plantation that is...
A Night Aboard the Delta Queen

A Night Aboard the Delta Queen

I was looking back over some travel posts on my author website and found a memorable one from 2013. I called it my “Magical History Tour,” and logged 2,581 miles, visiting nine states in seven days. The first stop on my trip was Chattanooga, Tenn., where I stayed...
Old Tree Witnessed Civil War Action

Old Tree Witnessed Civil War Action

Atlantic Beach on the Crystal Coast of North Carolina has more to offer than just sun, sand and surf. I discovered this grand Live Oak tree on a trail at the Hoop Pole Creek Nature Preserve. Known by locals as the Portrait Tree, it is estimated to be more than 300...
The Final Night of John Hunt Morgan

The Final Night of John Hunt Morgan

A trip to Greeneville, Tenn., is not complete without a visit to the historic and magnificent Dickson-Williams Mansion. This enduring monument to the past has stood as a silent witness to history for more than two centuries—a history that includes the final days of...