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November 8, 2016

This past weekend I traveled back to Culpeper, VA, in anticipation for Diggin' In Virginia XXXV, my eleventh hunt with the organization. But for all of us who attended, this was the first time we were able to hunt Glebe Farm, home to Vermont and Conf...

March 9, 2016

Starting Point: White's Ferry (36.6 mile marker)

End Point: Georgetown, D.C. (mile marker 0)

Total Distance: 36.6 miles

So today started out a little rough. This morning I came to find that my rear tire had fallen flat. To get that fixed delayed my star...

March 8, 2016

Starting Point: Williamsport, MD (99.2 mile marker)

End Point: White's Ferry, MD (36.6 mile marker)

Total: 62.6 miles

It was another gorgeous day on the trail: 70s and sunny the whole way through! I started pedaling around 7:30 this morning and departed...

March 7, 2016

Starting Point: Paw Paw, WV (mile marker 156.2)

End Point: Williamsport, MD (mile marker 99.2)

Total Distance: 57 miles

I stayed overnight at the Wrenwood Inn in Paw Paw, WV, owned and operated by a lovely couple named Scott and Carol. After a hearty br...

March 7, 2016

Starting Point: Cumberland, MD (Mile marker 185)

End Point: Paw Paw, WV (Mile marker 156.2)

Total Distance Traveled: 28.8 miles

Today I began my 185 mile-long journey along the C&O Canal. For those of you who don't know, the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal fi...

February 21, 2016

This relic hunt took place back on November 15-17, 2015, but I'm sending this story out now in anticipation for a busy March. Coles Hill was the site of Federal winter encampments during the Civil War. On the outskirts of the property we hunted, ther...

October 8, 2015

Patience is a virtue when it comes to relic hunting. Don't expect to find "gold" (neither literally nor figuratively) every time you get a signal. A good majority of the time you'll find rusty pieces of iron, nails, modern trash, and other junk. Some...

October 2, 2015

Most of the sites that I have hunted for relics, to the untrained eye, look like nothing more than some woods, farmland, and cow pastures. Sure, today that's what they're used for. But 150 years ago, some of these sites were home to the camps of thou...

October 1, 2015

Hey there blog readers!

Welcome to the Discover America blog. This came to me as a pretty impromptu thought, but I think it will turn out to be a very beneficial project. I want to share with the world the beauties and fascinations this great land has...

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Hi everyone! My name is Tim Murphy. I'm a graduate of the College of William and Mary, passionate historian, and an avid outdoorist. A few years ago, I decided to start a website dedicated to our nation's rich history, diverse culture, and breath-taking nature. Follow along as we explore and discover the wonders America has to offer!

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