Saturday, October 31, 2009


On 9/6/1777 Washington reined in his horse here at the Hale-Byrnes House in Stanton Delaware. The Continentals had just fought the Battle of Cooches Bridge. After the battle, Washington had a council of war to determine how best to move against the British.

Legend has it that Washington rested in the shade of the tree in front and was brought water by the son of the home owner.

House is in good shape and open to the public the first Wednesday of the month.

Friday, October 30, 2009


The Hermitage in Elkton Maryland used by General Washington on 8/25/ 1777. He dined with Robert Alexander, home owner, who was a delegate to the Continental Congress in 1776.
Three days later, Alexander dined with General Howe and pledged his loyalty to the KING. He left for England, never to return.

Howe moved North with his army to meet Washington at Brandywine.

Thursday, October 29, 2009


Streeper's Ordinary tavern of Narbeth Pennsylvania.
On 9/12-9/13 1777 Washington stayed here as the army regrouped from the Battle of Brandywine. The army straggled in and refitted.

The tavern owners, misters Streeper and Oridinary had good fare.

The tavern became the General Wayne Inn, seen. It fell on hard times and was bought for use as a Jewish Community Center. I ran into a young Rabbi who was very enthusiastic about the building showing me all he could before he had to go to service.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009


The Robinson House in Claymont Delaware. On 8/25/1777, General Washington moved the Continental Army south to meet the British threat to Philadelphia. They marched south through Philly into Delaware.

The house hosted Washington, Anthony Wayne, Lafayette, and "Light Horse" Harry Lee.

The house is in beautiful condition, but is surrounded by a mill district.

Monday, October 26, 2009


The Powell House in Philadelphia is a beautiful townhouse from the Revolutionary period. Washington became good friends with the Powell's and was entertained here as often as he visited.
He stayed in the row house next door. That house was torn down. Washington used it after the Spanish Representative who was using it passed away and was buried in Morristown.
The Powell's are known to have thrown a party in Washington's honor in their music room. It was there that George danced with Ben Franklin's daughter.

Sunday, October 25, 2009


On 10/2/1777, General Washington stayed at the Peter Wentz house in Center Point Penn. From here the army prepared to attack the British and Hessian forces at Germantown.

Also, on 10/16- 10/20/1777, Washington returned here to draw the British attention away from the forts on the Delaware. The forts eventually fell.

It was here that Washington and the army learned of the victory at Saratoga. General Burgoyne surrendered his entire army. The victory was encouraging for French entry into the war as allies.

The house and farm is in great condition and has visiting hours.

Saturday, October 24, 2009


Rodgers Tavern used by Washington and the Continental and french Armies as they raced South to Yorktown. Perryville Maryland
had the ferry needed to move the armies in 1781.

The tavern has been restored, but it is still in need of assistance.

Friday, October 23, 2009


The Grand Canyon may be beyond description and adjectives are insufficient for description. Yellowstone can be described if you use superlatives. Spectacular, amazing, wonderful, beautiful and magnificent! Glorious too!

So here is the Lamar Valley. You will have an excellent chance of seeing herds of Buffalo, Elk and Deer. Sometimes they are close to the road and sometimes you need a good pair of binoculars.

This one was right next to us and we were so excited that we failed to get out our camera until he started to walk away.

On the western loop looking East towards the Canyon. Established in 1872, Yellowstone is the first National Park. It is mostly in Wyoming, but also Montana and Idaho.
Green Springs formed from the HOT water and the minerals.

Emerald Springs. The smell is sulphur and can be pretty strong. Despite all the warnings, people still step on the edges and risk getting burned and damaging the beauty.


Old Faithful! You are in the heart of a thermal area. There are geysers shooting up all around you.

A natural formation opposite Tower Falls below.

The Grand Tetons just South of Yellowstone.
The money shot below at Oxbow Bend.

The view of the Tetons on the way South to Jackson's Hole.

The Grand Tetons with Jackson Lake.

A trail leading down to Jackson Lake and the Grand Tetons beyond. The mosquitoes were very bad.
Just below Yellowstone is Grand Teton National Park. The mountain portion was preserved in 1929 and the valley across from it preserved in 1950 with the help of the Rockefeller family.


The Zabriske- Von Stueben House in River Edge N.J. On 9/10/1780, General Washington stayed here with Lafayette. Both were attending the funeral of General Enoch Poor. Poor commanded the New Hampshire brigade for Lafayette. He was an able general.

The house was also used in 1776. The house overlooked a small bridge that crossed the Hackensack River. The Continental Army was in full retreat and racing towards the Delaware River. They would cross it and regroup. They would meet in Pennsylvania opposite a little crossroads town called Trenton on the banks of the Delaware in New Jersey.

Washington supposedly stood in front of this house and encouraged his men to keep moving.

After the war, the house was given to Von Stueben for a reward. It was damaged in a recent flood and needs help.

Thursday, October 22, 2009


On 7/12/1777 and again on 7/25, Washington used this house in Wayne New Jersey as his Headquarters. He was the guest of Capt. William Mandeville.
The house has been modernized over time, so I have included photos from the side and rear so your imagination can see what it might have looked like.

At this time Washington was trying to determine where the British Army in New York would move, North to join Burgoyne or South to attack Philadelphia.

Eventually Schuyler Colfax was born here. He became Vice President for US Grant and also became very influential in the West. Colfax Blvd. in Denver is named for him.

Saturday, October 10, 2009


The Morris House in old Philadelphia. General Washington stayed here often as the guest of his friend Robert Morris. Morris was the key in the Revolution developing ways to pay for the army. It is presently restored and used as a B&B.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009


The Van Wyck House in Fishkill NY was the headquarters of the supply depot for the Continental Army from 1776 till the end of the war. The house and 70 acres around it were training grounds, shops, and barracks for the army. The house quartered Washington, Putnam, Hamilton, Lafayette, Von Stueben, John Adams, Sam Adams, and John Jay.


The White House Farm in New Brunswick. Washington stayed here on 12/5/1783. He said his farewell to his officers in Fraunces Tavern and proceeded south to Annapolis. The war was over and when he met the Congress, he would surrender his commission.
The house has been remodeled over the years and it is now called the Buccleuch Mansion in the park by the same name. British soldiers were quartered here during the war as New Brunswick was a loyalist stronghold.


On 7/10/1781, Washington was forced to take lodging in the home of militia Col. James Hammond in Valhalla New York.
The General had been in reviews of French troops with Rochambeau all day in terrible heat. They were then in meetings to discuss an attack on New York.
As the General and his party made their way to Phillipsburg, a storm came up and the rain turned the roads into muddy rivers, impassable.
His local guides brought him to Hammond's home seen here.
This is a small farm house that was almost knocked down recently, till the present owner made a deal with the local water authority to save it. Great for him!
I was glad to learn about this house and Hammond. Hammond was responsible for preserving the supply lines from New England to New Jersey across the Highlands region of the Hudson River. In those days, it was called Hudson's River or the North River. Anyway, Hammond and his militia unit had to scout and fight British and hessian patrols sent north to disrupt the supply line. They also had to contend with their neighbors, Loyalists and a group called the "cowboys" who were mercenaries.
Hammond was kidnapped by his neighbors and did time on a prison ship in New York Harbor which broke his health. He was in prison when Washington came. Hammond survived the War to return to his small farm. I am so glad this house was saved.
Not open to public

Friday, October 2, 2009

National Parks

How many National Parks have you been to?

For me, it's


Grand Canyon



Petrified Forrest/ Painted Desert

Mt. Rushmore


Grand Tetons

Crater Lake

Craters of the Moon

Redwoods National Park

Point Reyes Seashore