Monticello (Charlottesville)

Isn't it funny how seeing someone's objects and possessions can make you feel like you know someone without ever having met them? Walking through Monticello made me feel like I'd met Thomas Jefferson, and I was shocked to learn he was so much more than I had ever imagined from all I'd read and seen so far. Monticello is a grand estate set atop a hill with amazing views or Charlottesville below. Thomas Jefferson … [Read more...]

George Washington’s Mt. Vernon (Mt. Vernon)

  If you could meet one person from any period in history who would it be? For me that person would be none other than George Washington, our founding father and true renaissance man. There is no doubt in my mind that George Washington was a humble man of great integrity, but also and incredibly strong leader who ably carried the establishment of our great nation on his shoulders. When you look at portraits … [Read more...]

William Howard Taft Historic Site (Cincinnati)

Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, and Kentucky

Cincinnati is where you will find the home where the 27th President, William Howard Taft, was born and raised now known as the William Howard Taft Historic Site. As we ventured inside  we found  a treasure trove of information about this very interesting and committed public servant. William Howard Taft is probably most famous for being our nation's heaviest president, and that's usually the only fact most folks … [Read more...]

The Hermitage (Nashville)

Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama

The Hermitage is the beautiful homestead of the 7th president of the United States and Tennessee’s favorite son, Andrew Jackson. These 1,000 acres were transformed from frontier forrest to a prosperous farm that sadly deteriorated into post civil war dilapidation.  Finally rescued it is now preserved as a public museum and a National Historic Landmark. As a president Andrew Jackson was both loved and hated and … [Read more...]

Lincoln’s Home National Historic Site (Springfield)

Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin

The Lincoln Home National Historic Site is the location of the Lincoln family’s home in Springfield, and it is maintained just as if the Abe Lincoln and his wife and children still lived there. After getting our free tour ticket at the visitor center, our guide led us into the home sharing some insights into Abraham Lincoln's life as a husband and father and an attorney here in Springfield. The first thing I … [Read more...]