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August 18, 2019

The rusting blast furnaces that tower over Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, once powered the largest shipbuilding company and second-largest steel manufacturer in the United States. For nearly 140 years, the Bethlehem Steel Corporation fueled American indust...

December 16, 2018

Amidst the roaring rapids of the James River and the towering skyline of downtown Richmond, Virginia, Belle Isle stands out as one of the South’s most significant historical and industrial landmarks. From humble beginnings as a modest Native American...

July 20, 2018

Eastern State Penitentiary, once the most famous and expensive prison in the world, stands a barren ruin of its former self. This impressive complex pioneered changes in the American penal system, created a new method of inmate reformation, and serve...

March 10, 2018

Needing a rebound from my last hiking experience at Signal Knob, I ventured up to Pennsylvania's Michaux State Forest to hike the Sunset Rocks Overlook Trail. This 7.3-mile loop is a branch of the Appalachian Trail and originates in Pine Grove Furnac...

April 8, 2017

Once described as the "most beautiful house in Virginia," Rosewell Mansion epitomized the power and wealth of the Tidewater region for nearly two hundred years. Today, only the hollow brick shell of this once-magnificent structure remains. What's lef...

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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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