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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 […]

Virginia – Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington National Cemetery

A visit to Arlington National Cemetery can be moving and memorable, if your kids are old enough to appreciate what they are seeing. Arlington is just one of over a hundred national cemeteries in the United States, but it is certainly the most well-known.

I confess that before this trip, I was completely unaware of the ties of this piece of land to George Washington and Robert E. Lee. We had already learned during our visit to Mount Vernon earlier that day that George Washington had no biological children and had adopted the children from Martha Washington’s first marriage. […]

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 […]

D.C. – Presidential Monuments, Memorials, and More

Washington Monument

I saved up my photos and information about Washington, D.C.’s presidential sites for this week, right before Presidents’ Day, so I could honor our country’s presidents, past and present. As you would expect, there are lots of sites in and around Washington, D.C. that honor the chief executive of our country.

Monuments and Memorials

You don’t exactly need to put the Washington Monument on your itinerary. It’s impossible to miss this monument to our first president, George Washington. Here’s a view of it from Arlington National Cemetery.

Here’s how it looks when I zoomed in:

Inside the monument […]