Category Archives: One-tank road trips

One-tank road trips: Rock Run / Stafford (CSA General J J Archer’s birthplace)

James J. Archer, a lawyer and officer in the U. S. Army during the Mexican War,  later served as a brigadier general in the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War. He was born in this house, the Carter-Archer … Continue reading

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One-tank trips: Susquehanna and Tidewater Canal lock at Havre de Grace MD

In the early 18th century as the population of the United States moved ever westward and new inland communities formed,  businessmen wanted faster and more reliable methods of transporting goods, cargo, and people rather than crude country roads hacked out … Continue reading

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One-tank road trips: Orange County, Virginia

Orange County is located in a beautiful pastoral Piedmont region of central Virginia. Perhaps the best-known tourist attraction is Montpelier, the 2,700-acre estate and mansion of President James Madison, who played a large role in the creation of the United … Continue reading

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26th Annual Civil War Reenactment at Neshaminy State Park

The 26th annual Civil War Re-enactment will take place on Saturday and Sunday, April 25-26, 2015 at Neshaminy State Park, located on 3401 State Road in Bensalem, PA, from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM, rain or shine. Admission is free. This event is the … Continue reading

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Jubal Early’s grave in Lynchburg, Virginia

For three days in late June 1863, the phrase “General Early” was quite familiar to many of the 60,000+ residents of York County, Pennsylvania. Confederate Major General Jubal Anderson Early, a vitriolic commander noted as much for his profane temper … Continue reading

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US Army Heritage & Education Center (USAHEC) Museum

I had some time this afternoon after visiting the Ridgeway Research Library at USAHEC to tour their museum and take a few photos. The Museum is on Army Heritage Lane near Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Admission is free, and it is open … Continue reading

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Steam into History events for the Spring of 2014

Photo of York #17 by Scott Mingus Steam into History operates a replica 4-4-0 locomotive and passenger cars meant to evoke the spirit and memory of the Northern Central Railway, an important regional railroad during the American Civil War. Here … Continue reading

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Historic Fort Evans near Leesburg, Virginia

I recently had a chance to tour the privately owned Fort Evans, a Civil War fort constructed on a hilltop overlooking Leesburg, Virginia. The site is extremely well preserved and is one of the finest examples of a Vauban-style earthen … Continue reading

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Seminary Ridge Museum in Gettysburg

Schmucker Hall at the Gettysburg Lutheran Theological Seminary has a long and storied history, playing roles in the Underground Railroad movement, the education of generations of religious leaders, and as a hospital and observation post during the 1863 Battle of … Continue reading

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Mechanicsburg Passenger Station Museum hosts Civil War exhibit

The Mechanicsburg (Pa.) Museum Association has been quite active over the years in preserving, interpreting, and understanding the history of this Cumberland Valley community. Among its holdings is the Passenger Station, a neat little museum inside the restored 1800’s station … Continue reading

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