We all think of the true founding of America as the time after the Revolutionary War and the Constitutional Convention in the late 1700s. But before that, the country that would become the America we all know was the site of colonial battles and struggles for well over 100 years.
One of the areas of the country that was most contested was Georgia. It was known as “The Debatable Land.” This area marked the border between the British Colonies and the Spanish Colonies. These two European powers had been fighting each other for land and power for hundreds of years.
In 1733, a British man named James Oglethorpe was allowed to turn “The Debatable Land” into the colony of Georgia. To protect this new land, in 1736, he built Fort Frederica at the bottom edge of the colony.
Aaah – Georgia. We love it for so many reasons. The history, the culture, the beaches and the beautiful mountains are what make it one of the best destinations in the southeast. One of the main attractions in the great state of Georgia is located in beautiful Augusta – the Augusta Canal National Heritage Area. From historic sites to beautiful outdoor activities, there’s no doubt you’ll have a memorable time here. It’s so great you’ll want to keep coming back for more! Take a look at just a few of the things the Augusta Canal has to offer.
Andersonville National Historic Site might be one of the most moving National Historic Sites you’ve never heard of. Located in Andersonville, Georgia, it hosts three features in one place: Andersonville National Cemetary, the Andersonville prison, and the National Prisoner of War Museum.
All of these different sites combine in one spot to make for a fascinating historical site. It not only serves as a stopover for those interested in Civil War history but also highlights some of the incredible stories of American prisoners of war (POW).
In this post, we want to dive into what makes Andersonville National Historic Site so special. We’ll cover each of these three areas of the site on their own, plus provide a few tips on how to make the trip.
San Francisco’s Presidio National Historic Landmark has been the centerpiece of the city by the bay since 1776. When Spain colonized California, the Presidio (or fort) was established here for the purpose of guarding San Francisco Bay. Comprising 1,500 acres, the Presidio is a vast and varied park with plenty to do for everyone. This park stretches along the Bay all the way to the southern end of the Golden Gate Bridge. You can walk or bike the Presidio, but even better, two different free shuttles will give you a complete overview of the grounds.
When we think of the Northeast region of the United States of America, we think of the following states: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland. A lot of history has happened here. There are forts and ships and battlefields to remind us of the unfolding saga of the United States. This article highlights historic buildings from each state that are evocative of the state they are in. Enjoy the tour.
The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal was created to provide a link between the Potomac River and the lands beyond the Appalachian Mountains, in the days when travel by water was faster than travel by land. In time, the canal was superseded by the railroad, canal towns that were not also on rail lines became somewhat frozen in time, and many have changed very little since that day.
The Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park, 205 W. Potomac St., Williamsport, MD, preserve the world in ways that most have forgotten. A visit there is a step back in history, and a step into a quieter world.
Unless you’ve attended the University of North Georgia, you’ve probably never heard of the small town of Dahlonega. Consider the population is a little over 5,000 and a name that’s hard to pronounce, it’s easy to see why. But unlike other small towns, this one is anything but sleepy. One part college town and one part historic destination town, Dahlonega has much to offer its guests.
Located in northwestern New Mexico, you’ll find the ancient Chaco Culture National Historic Park. This park is famous for being one of the most exceptional concentration of pueblos in the American Southwest. The park consist of some of the most historic ancient ruins north of Mexico and preserves some of the most important pre-Columbian cultural and historical areas in North America.
There are 124 National Monuments throughout the United States. When you are traveling in the Midwest, there are some wonderful National Monuments to see. Remember that there are also National Historic Sites, Seashores, Rivers, Trails and more that are awaiting your visit, in the Midwestern states.