Saratoga National Historical Park: A Crucial American Victory

Saratoga National Historical Park

Site of the first significant American military victory during the Revolution, the Battles of Saratoga rank among the fifteen most decisive battles in world history. Here in the autumn of 1777 American forces met, defeated, and forced a major British army to surrender. This crucial American victory in the Battle of Saratoga renewed patriots’ hopes […]

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Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site: Monument To America’s Gilded Age

Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site

The Vanderbilt Estate is perhaps the best, most intact example of the types of estates constructed by wealthy industrialists in the 19th century. Frederick W. and Louise Vanderbilt purchased Hyde Park in May 1895. Attracted to the beauty of the Hudson Valley and the east bank of the Hudson River, Frederick and his wife settled comfortably in […]

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Fort Davis National Historic Site: Frontier Military Post

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Set in the rugged beauty of the Davis Mountains of West Texas, Fort Davis is the best surviving example of an Indian Wars frontier military post and one of the best preserved Buffalo Soldier forts in the Southwest. Fort Davis was strategically located to protect emigrants, mail coaches, and freight wagons on the Trans-Pecos portion […]

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Twist Your Own Pretzel At Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery

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The Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery, established in 1861, is the first commercial pretzel bakery in America. Julius Sturgis is located in historic Lititz in the middle of beautiful Pennsylvania Dutch Country. Now, all these years later, the bakery is still operated by the Sturgis family using the same old-fashioned recipe and methods originally established by Julius […]

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Fort Frederica National Monument: Georgia’s Second Town

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Located on the interior coast of Georgia’s St. Simons Island, Fort Frederica National Monument preserves the remains of one of the most impressive British settlements ever carved from the American forests. In the early 1700s, Georgia was the epicenter of a centuries-old imperial conflict between Spain and Britain. In 1736, three years after the founding of Savannah, Georgia founder […]

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Spirit Lake Memorial Highway: Scenic Byway to Mount St. Helens

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The Spirit Lake Memorial Highway is the only scenic byway in the U.S. that penetrates a fresh volcanic blast zone. This scenic and historic route is a 52-mile journey into the scene of epic destruction that Mount St. Helens caused when it erupted on May 18, 1980. Along the way, experience the enormous geologic, economic, and […]

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Cowpens National Battlefield: The American Revolution

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On January 17, 1781, the Americans won a decisive battle against the better-trained British Army. The Battle of Cowpens was over in less than an hour. This battle was the event which started British General Cornwallis on his march north to his eventual surrender at Yorktown just nine months later. General Daniel Morgan had encamped […]

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