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...
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...
A Visit to Historic Long Branch

A Visit to Historic Long Branch

There’s no better way to see history than on horseback, and I had just that opportunity on Sunday, thanks to a ride sponsored by the Virginia Piedmont Heritage Area. Despite the heat and the loudness of the 17-year-brood of cicadas, it was a great day for seeing the...
A hero’s death in May

A hero’s death in May

May is a beautiful month, but in Civil War history, it is also a sad one. The South lost both Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson and General J.E.B. Stuart in May, one year apart. If you venture off I-95 near Fredericksburg, you can visit the site that was, until...