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September 12, 2018

Fort Pitt was a British fortification constructed during the French and Indian War, meant to augment Britain's land claims in the Ohio River Valley. The fort succeeded in doing so--bringing security and prosperity to western Pennsylvania--and contrib...

September 3, 2018

Andy Warhol was born Andrew Warhola on August 6, 1928 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was the youngest son of Andrej and Julia Warhola, immigrants from eastern Slovakia. The family lived in Soho, an uptown neighborhood which overlooks the Pittsburgh...

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...

July 12, 2018

The Mütter Museum is regarded as the finest historic medical museum in America, exhibiting all things macabre, grotesque, and incredibly fascinating. The Museum displays beautifully preserved collections of anatomical specimens, medical models, and s...

July 4, 2018

Independence National Park is located in the heart of Historic Downtown Philadelphia, a colonial oasis inside a bustling modern city. Arguably one of the most significant historic parks in the United States, Independence tells a tale of sacrifice and...

June 7, 2018

Located at 239 Arch Street, the Betsy Ross House stands stately among the high-rises and modern buildings of Philadelphia. This 270-year-old home is believed to be the site of Ross’s upholstery business from 1776 to 1779, and is generally recognized...

June 3, 2018

The year is 1777. The patriotic fervor that once ravaged through the thirteen colonies and called for revolution was slowly losing support following key strategic military losses and morale-weakening events. The British Navy had strung together a nav...

May 29, 2018

Beer. It's been a staple of American social life and culture for pretty much the entirety of this country's existence. It also serves as a parallel to our nation's history. Now, when you crack open a cold one, history is probably the furthest thing f...

May 25, 2018

Two states. One incredible destination. The rapids at Great Falls are some of the most majestic on the East Coast and draw millions of tourists each year. The Potomac River plummets nearly 80 feet at this location, creating a series of beautiful whit...

March 18, 2018

Towering high above the cascades of Cedar Creek, Virginia, stands one of America's most revered geologic formations--The Natural Bridge! This archway is all that remains of an ancient underground river channel that flowed in the region hundreds of mi...

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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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