Visiting Revolutionary War sites

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Visiting Revolutionary War sites

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okt 23, 2007, 4:46 pm

For those of you who have hand and taken the opportunity to visit specific historical sites from Revolutionary era (as opposed to say... the city of Trenton or wherever), does anyone have any memorable or interesting stories they would like to share?

okt 24, 2007, 6:17 pm

I have an amazing ability to go to Independence Hall whenever there's restoration going on. On one occasion, the tour guide was trying to make it into a selling point: because there wasn't any furniture in the main hall where the second continental congress actually met, they had opened up that barrier that usually keeps people from getting too far into the room. The entirely too optimistic guide told us that we were going to get the special treat of actually standing where the signers of the Declaration of Independence had stood!

Except there's only one way in and out of that room. Anybody who you admire who has been in that room has been through that door. Consequently, you are standing where they stood (or within a couple of feet) as soon as you walk through the door as you usually do when the barrier is in place and the furniture is there.

okt 24, 2007, 11:30 pm

I have been to Fort Ticonderoga, Saratoga and Bennington but I was quite young and did not appreciate the historical nature of the sites. Been Meaning to visit the Monmouth Battlefield Park for about a year now and look at it with a soldier's experienced eye, just haven't been able to work it around my schedule.

okt 25, 2007, 12:07 am

When I was a teenager, we visited St. John's church in Richmond, where the Virginia House of Burgesses met in 1775. We saw the door of a pew standing open, and found that Patrick Henry's place was marked with a plaque. As we stood in the pew at his seat, a voice suddenly echoed in the empty room: "No man thinks more highly than I do of the patriotism, as well as abilities, of the very worthy gentlemen who have just addressed the House. . . . Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!"

Whoever started that recording gave a couple of tourists a classic case of goosebumps.

jan 4, 2008, 11:09 pm

I've been to Bennington a few times, but not since I had much interest in history. I don't think we went to any particularly historic-site-ey places up there, anyway: the excuse was more along the lines of Mom's alma mater.

On the other hand, I did go to high school in Brooklyn Heights, and I think there was a plaque near the promenade there. But I'm not there often: I live in another part of Brooklyn, and the view from there has been, uh, modified since high school.

6ccrown Första inlägget
jan 5, 2008, 3:45 pm

What have you got against Trenton? I live on the land owned by Philemon Dickinson, one of Washington's generals; have worked at the Old Barracks Museum where the Hessian wives and American Loyalists were quartered and can give you a multi-hour tour of the specific historical sites of the Revolutionary era in Trenton. I can point you to the grave of a signer of all the important founding documents of our country and the grave of a signer of the Constitution, the grave of the first chaplain to die while in the service of the United States Army, and the spot where the Hessians are buried. How many stories from Trenton would you like me to share?

Cate Crown,
Author of Images of America, Trenton
Chair, Landmarks Commission, City of Trenton
Volunteer Living Historian
Board Member, Brigade of the American Revolution, Main Department
Adjutant, Infanterie Regiment von Knyphausen
Petty Sutler, Crown and Star
Guest Baker at Williamsburg for Under the Redcoat and Patriot's Weekend
Member, LibraryThing

jan 6, 2008, 11:10 am

I haven't got anything against the city of Trenton. I was poorly articulating a differentiation between specific sites (such as those which you list, e.g. graves) vs. entire areas (e.g. cities)

feb 16, 2008, 9:49 pm

I grew up in Newark and Maplewood, NJ, and visited Washington's Headquarters in Morristown on several occasions, both as a child and as an adult. It's quite an excellent site and museum, with a terrific exhibit about the winter the Continental Army spent quartered in and around Morristown. (A winter colder than the Valley Forge winter, according to the story told there.)

Redigerat: feb 17, 2008, 1:03 am

When I was in college I stumbled over a Revolutionary site not in the guide-books: 20-some miles south of Saratoga, the Continentals under Kosciusko had prepared a fall-back position to contest Burgoyne's crossing of the Mohawk, at the last real geographic barrier between the British Army and Albany.

The defenses were never put to the test because Burgoyne was stopped before he got there - so they survived two hundred years in a little corner that's just out-of-the-way enough to have missed all the surrounding development. I found it as moving as any actual battlefield - a mute monument that in its own way showed the dedication and desperation of those opposed to British rule.

nov 16, 2011, 12:50 am

westpoint has a very nice museum- didn't get to walk the grounds last trip. also Fraunces tavern in nyc is great - to actually walk the floors where GW bid farewell to his generals. also love ticonderoga- as a kid, my family visited there and I had no real idea what it was about but do remember a monument to the heros of ticonderoga with one side blank- the side where benedict arnold's name would have gone as I was told. this reminds me of the small saratoga monument that features a boot - no name- also a monument to ben.

nov 30, 2011, 11:42 am

I've been to Colonial Williamsburg and Mt. Vernon recently. I grew up near the William Floyd Estate and The Museum Manor of St George, so I visted them more times then I can count. I also visted a number of sites, most of which I don't remember, during the Bicentennial. I really want to get down to Yorktown, I also want to go to Gunston Hall, the home of George Mason, since it's only a few miles from my house.