General Washington’s Fight

The battle George Washington waged against this invisible enemy may not seem that glamorous and it certainly doesn’t get much space in any history book.  Yet the decision he made here in central New Jersey saved hundreds and perhaps thousands of lives…

Washington’s Delaware River Crossing Destination

When Washington made his famous crossing of the Delaware River on Christmas night 1776, he was of course headed somewhere.  That “where” was right here…

More Than An Old Military Barracks

On the surface this place might not seem that important.  It’s just an old military barracks.  Yet it is the groups of men who lived here and the time period in which they did so, that makes this an important historic site in the nation…

A Casino With A Great History

Ask someone to name a casino in Vegas and they can rattle off names like the Belagio, Stratosphere, MGM and others.  But ask someone about the casinos that built Vegas into the gaming center it is today…and this one will certainly rise to the top…

A Place Called Hildene

Abraham Lincoln was born in Kentucky and lived most of his adult years in Illinois.  But where did future generations of the Lincolns reside.  Most people don’t know it was in this beautiful stretch of mountains far from Abraham’s Midwestern roots…

The Son of a President

Being the son of a U.S. president has its perks.  However, it does provide a very high bar of achievement for that second generation.  Which presidential child did the best?  It might just be the son of one of the nation’s greatest presidents…

Who Was Vice President of the Confederacy?

You’ve heard of Jefferson Davis, president of the confederacy. But who was his vice president?

The Confederacy on the Move

As Union troops advanced on Richmond, Virginia, the president of the Confederacy was on the move.  The story of the Union and the pursuit of Jefferson Davis…

The Story of a Cup of Coffee (and much more…)

Today someone might drive through Starbucks to get a cup of coffee.  During the Civil War…this group instead brought the coffee to you.  This is the story of a cup of coffee and much more…

The Organization That Grew to the YMCA

When a soldier heads to battle, there are many organizations that volunteer their services to help he or she and their families.  During the Civil War, this organization grew from the YMCA to fill those needs.  It’s a piece of history that few know…

The Adamantine Guard

It was called the Adamantine Guard…a military unit formed in one Pennsylvania County with over a century of service to the country.  But when it came time to preserve their history, the most important artifact was missing…or at…it just hadn’t yet been found…

Inside the Dickson Mounds

Long before there were cities like New York and Chicago…these giant cities were scattered across the nation.  Today we try to uncover their link and learn about those who live there…

An Early City of a Thousand Years Ago

Havana, Illinois is located on the Illinois River but is far from the first city that’s stood here.  In fact, we know of a large city here about 1000 years ago…

The Little Red House in Western Kansas

The first building in this town didn’t begin its life here.  In fact i’s route to this city is a story in itself.  This is the tale of the little red house in western Kansas…

The Superhighway of the 1800s

It was a superhighway of the 1800s…a thruway carrying people and cargo from two ends of the country.  It may not have been here though if it wasn’t for one country’s attempt to thrwart Lewis and Clark’s journey to the Pacific…

Unearthing the Bones of an Unknown Animal

Imagine you unearthed the bones of an animal and had little idea of what you found. Now imagine making up a tale about the creature and traveling the nation to tell its story. That’s exactly what happened just south of St. Louis…

The History of a Popular Apple

It’s one of the world’s most popular varieties of fruit and we have it because one farmer couldn’t get a nasty spout to go away.  It’s a story that will take us to two state fairs  before a delicious taste is discovered…

An Unusual Herd

Farms come in many shapes and sizes, raising crops, livestock and many other combinations.  But in central Arkansas, there is a centuries-old farm that has been raising an unusual herd that people just keep coming back to see…

Aboard A Luxury Ship

The Queen Mary II, the largest and most luxurious ship to ever sail, recently left Britain for Ft. Lauderdale.  That voyage had ironically increased the passenger list on her predecessor that hasn’t left the dock in over thirty years…

The Story of Daddy Bryson

His name was Daddy Bryson…and he became one of the best-known train engineers in the Smoky Mountains…not because of his skill on the rails, but instead for the unfortunate accident that cost him his life…