Author Archives: Chris Mackowski
As I stood in Independence Hall, in the room where the Founders debated the Declaration of Independence, I suddenly started thinking of the opening scene from the musical 1776, when John Adams cries for independence while everyone else complains about … Continue reading
The Moores Creek battlefield manages to look simultaneously well manicured and primordial. Encompassing only 87 acres, it’s a landscape from before the dinosaurs that happens to have a rubberized pathway winding through its tall, thin pines. Tucked away in a … Continue reading
Photo taken on May 11th.
In Charleston’s Marion Square, an odd chunk of limestone, sand, and oyster shells sits inside a wrought-iron fence just beyond the normal boundaries of the weekend market. While shoppers buy their weekly produce or shop for gifts, the food court … Continue reading
August 8, 2016—James and Dolley Madison at Montpelier, the Madisons’ home in Orange County, Virginia. Cast in bronze, the lie-sized statues were sculpted by Brooklyn-based artist Ivan Schwartz and unveiled May 27, 2009. Madison sits on one end of a bench that … Continue reading
Spring has not get touched the tree-covered hills to the east of Elmira, New York, but the Chemung River sparkles in quiet anticipation as it flows between them. The Newtown Battlefield State Park won’t open for another few days or … Continue reading