Family Fun

A Walk Along the Water

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It was early morning in Courtenay on Vancouver Island and a fellow travel writer Tracy  from Washington had the same desire that I did to take a morning walk.  She shared the same get out and see attitude that I do. We are here for the BC Shellfish & Seafood Festival and BC Seafood Expo. […]

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 […]

Art in Kinston, it is gawk worthy!

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Along with the Civil War history and great dining options, another reason to visit Kinston, North Carolina is the art.  It is everywhere, and most falls under the umbrella of the Kinston Arts Council.  There is a public art trail transforming downtown Kinston into a visual mecca.  One of my favorite public art pieces was […]

Learn about the courtship on the Abe & Mary: Quite Contrary Walking Tour

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While you may know a lot about Abraham Lincoln, Jenifer Brownell, site interpreter for the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum (ALPM) said that Mary is more mysterious.  “Mary is a bit obscure,” Jenifer said at the beginning of the Abe & Mary: Quite Contrary Walking Tour. This tour officially starts Tuesday June 6, 2017 and will […]