Tag Archives: Virginia

Origins of a Revolutionary Orator

Nestled in Hanover County, VA, near where modern residential communities meet farm fields that have been worked for centuries, is the site of a colonial-era plantation home called Studley.  It was here on this site that Patrick Henry, the “Voice … Continue reading

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Visiting Carlyle House

William Griffith’s examination of the Carlyle House Congress last month (The Carlyle House Congress and Britain’s Military Objectives for 1755) reminded me that I had been remiss in not visiting the site.   So, the family and I set off for Alexandria, VA … Continue reading

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George Mason’s Gunston Hall

Gunston Hall’s River Entrance (Author Photo) George Washington’s estate on the Potomac River is one of the most-visited places in the greater Washington, DC area, as befits the home of the Father of his Country.  Just twelve miles south (by … Continue reading

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Review: First Founding Father: Richard Henry Lee and the Call for American Independence by Harlow Giles Unger

A member of one of Virginia’s first families, Richard Henry Lee was a critical voice in America’s struggle against Great Britain. Born at the family home, Stratford Hall, in Westmoreland County, Lee was educated in England. In 1758, he entered … Continue reading

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George Washington; October 17, 1781

While reading background on the siege and victory at Yorktown, Virginia in October 1781, I came across the following passage written by historian Jerome Greene.      “The officer was then quickly escorted to Washington’s headquarters in a nearby house,  … Continue reading

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Revolutionary Era Connection in Orlando, Florida?

When one mentions the word “Orlando” what is the first thought to pop into your head? Universal? Or maybe two words; “Disney World or Walt Disney?” In all likelihood, the name Francis Wayles Eppes, is not one of the people … Continue reading

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Review: Dunmore’s War, The Last Conflict of America’s Colonial Era by Glenn F. Williams

Reviewed by guest historian  Robert “Bert” Dunkerly. Lord Dunmore’s War remains one of the murkier events of the Colonial era.  Historian Glenn F. Williams has produced a book that will set the standard for the study of this conflict. Dunmore’s … Continue reading

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