Fourth of July greetings from Tanya Hanson! My career teaching American Literature merely enhanced my love of our country’s history. I’m still on cloud nine–over the past few years, my husband and I have been blessed to visit some of America’s most sacred historic sites. I’m not the greatest photographer, but even still, I want to share a few of our highlights today. Enjoy your tour!
First up: Concord Colonial Inn, Concord, Massachusetts. Here, in the very same tavern we ate dinner, Sam Adams and other patriots held treasonous conversations!
The Old North Church, Boston. “…one if by land, two if by sea…” April 18, 1775
The Old North Bridge, Concord, Massachusetts… April 19, 1775
(okay, the original was dismantled in 1793, but still…it’s a highly emotional place.)
“….here, the embattled farmers stood And fired the shot heard round the world.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, Concord Hymn
Independence Hall, Philadelphia (as you see, it was being restored at the time we were there.)…July 4, 1776
Liberty Bell, (and me), Constitution Hall, Philadelphia
The Moore House, Yorktown, Virginia…Surrender Negotiations with Cornwallis, October 17, 1781
Mount Vernon, Fairfax, Virginia
Plantation home of George Washington. Opened 1757
Monticello, Virginia hilltop plantation home of Thomas Jefferson. Opened 1772.
And although the U.S.S. Constitution, “Old Ironsides,” wasn’t commissioned until 1797, I thought this quasi-arty snapshot was a good one to close my post today:
May God continue to preserve our wonderful country, and protect the brave men and women in uniform who keep us free!