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March 3, 2019

As the Civil War entered its fourth year in 1864, little progress had been made to quell the rebelling states. President Abraham Lincoln received numerous requests from his field commanders over the course of the war asking approval to target civilia...

February 23, 2019

The anomalous geologic formations of Chimney Rock have been captivating the inhabitants of North Carolina’s Hickory Nut Gorge for hundreds of years. It is a beacon of supernatural power, according to Cherokee lore, and a site of scenic splendor and a...

February 17, 2019

There are few historic sites in America that accurately reflect our nation’s greatest triumphs while simultaneously recognizing some of its greatest tragedies. Historic Brattonsville is one of those places. This living history museum and working plan...

February 3, 2019

Measuring nearly 179,000 square feet, the Biltmore Estate is the largest privately owned home in America. Constructed between 1889 and 1895, this impressive architectural marvel—the epitome of Gilded Age grandeur—originally served as George Washingto...

December 21, 2018

Richmond, Virginia, was the political and industrial capitol of the Confederacy—at its center was the Tredegar Iron Works. This massive industrial complex was once the fourth-largest iron works in the nation and the leading producer of armaments and...

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...

November 25, 2018

For millennia, people have been fascinated by the concept of human flight. From the Greek myth of Daedalus and Icarus to the designs of Leonardo da Vinci, aviation was perceived as an ambitious, yet highly unrealistic, goal to attain. While advances...

November 17, 2018

The Roanoke Colony was England’s first attempt at establishing a permanent settlement in the New World. In August 1587, over 110 colonists called the island home. Three years later, they vanished without a trace. The events leading up to the settleme...

November 12, 2018

Thomas Jefferson spent decades as a faithful public servant to the American people. He authored the Declaration of Independence, was the nation’s first Secretary of State, second Vice President, and third President. He was an American icon whose life...

November 4, 2018

The Civil War was about slavery. That statement simplifies our nation’s most tumultuous era to its very basic structure. It’s easy to make that conclusion in the eyes of hindsight, but it is far from comprehensive. The Civil War resulted from a compl...

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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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