Civil War history

The History and Mystery of Rutherford B. Hayes

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While in Ohio, this summer, Nancy Reynolds took Annie Jansen and I to tour the beautiful Rutherford B. Hayes home and his Presidential Library and Museum that is located right next door.  The home is quite lovely and since I knew very little about our 19th President everything was new. Rutherford B. Hayes was the […]

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Are you looking for a way to add some fun and excitement to your fall?  If so, the Kinston, North Carolina Chamber of Commerce has come up with a great tour filled with history, food and maybe a spooky moment or two!  Jan Parson the Lenoir County Director of Events and Programs shared, “Spend a […]

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Historic Stagville, Civil War History

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Historic Stagville sits outside of Durham, North Carolina.  I toured this fascinating site with Rose Hammitt while in Chapel Hill for the North American Travel Journalist Conference.  This historic site shares the story of a pre-Civil War farm.  I think for those of us that grew up in the north, the plantation and slavery times are […]

Duke Homestead, tobacco history

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  A stop at the Duke Homestead offered a fascinating look into both the Civil War time period and tobacco history.  It was Washington Duke that farmed the ground before being conscripted to join the Civil War along with his 18 year-old son Brody.  After losing his oldest son and two wives, Washington Duke set […]

Bennett Place the last surrender of the Civil War

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Outside Durham, North Carolina is a farm where a unique event took place.  On April 17, 1865 General Joseph Eggleston Johnston and Major General William Tecumseh Sherman met to negotiate terms of surrender.  Not long before, on April 9th, Lee and Grant had met at Appomattox and that I thought was the end of the […]