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Kentucky – My Old Kentucky Home State Park

My Old Kentucky Home State Park

If you read my last post about The Stephen Foster Story, you may remember that this outdoor musical is performed in an amphitheater in My Old Kentucky Home State Park in Bardstown, Kentucky. Why there? Because Stephen Foster was the composer of My Old Kentucky Home, the state song of Kentucky. The home that inspired the song is real and was owned by distant relatives of Stephen Foster, who visited there once, it is believed. Although no one can be truly certain this is the home that the song was based on, that is the claim.

The home is […]

Kentucky – Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park

Symbolic Log Cabin - Lincoln Birthplace NHP

To celebrate Presidents’ Day this year, I decided to take a look at the humble beginning of one our greatest leaders, Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln was born in a log cabin on Sinking Spring Farm on the Kentucky frontier near the current town of Hodgenville. The site is now a National Historical Park.

As with most national parks, I recommend starting in the Visitor Center. View a 15-minute film to learn about Abraham’s parents, Thomas and Nancy, where they came from, and about Abe’s early years in Kentucky.

After that, we perused the exhibits in the Visitor Center. The […]

Michigan – Fayette Historic State Park

Fayette Historic Town Site

Most of the places I’ve written about recently are on my itinerary for Trip 7, the Lake Michigan Circle Tour, in my e-book, How to Visit All 50 States in 12 Trips. Fayette Historic State Park is not, at least right now, though it will most likely make the next edition. Why didn’t I include it? It’s simple enough–I wasn’t aware of it then. That’s why I’m so glad I had the help of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula Travel and Recreation Association to arrange and host my trip. They included the attractions I requested, and also added in others they thought […]

Virginia – Mount Vernon

Back side of Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon, the home of George Washington, is one of the most visited estates in the U.S. It is ideally situated with a peaceful view of the Potomac River, and there is so much to see and do that it would be worthy of visiting even if it didn’t belong to the first president of our country.

Because there are many other people who also want to see and do the same things, it is essential to have a plan. The Orientation Center has a display titled “Plan Your Visit,” but I would recommend having a plan before you […]

Pennsylvania – Gettysburg National Military Park

Gettysburg Cyclorama 3

Gettysburg is a quiet town in south central Pennsylvania that likely wouldn’t be on anyone’s vacation itinerary except that it was the site of one of the most important battles of the Civil War, where 11,000 men lost their lives. It is now home to a National Military Park and Museum and should be part of your travel plans because your kids will learn about the history of the Battle of Gettysburg and the Civil War much better than they could learn from any textbook. 2013 marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg and the park has special […]

Vermont – Billings Farm & Museum

Vermont

On a vacation to New England several years ago, we visited Billings Farm & Museum in Woodstock, Vermont. As its name suggests, Billings is an operational farm as well as a museum of Vermont’s rural and farm heritage. My kids were rather young at the time and I thought they would really enjoy interacting with farm animals. Billings has lots of them–Jersey dairy cows, sheep, horses, oxen, and chickens.

We started our visit by viewing a 30-minute film called A Place in the Land. It was nominated for an Academy Award (Best Documentary Short) and gives an overview of the […]