Happy Birthday, America…thanks for the memories! ~Tanya Hanson


God Bless America Cowboy

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!


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39 thoughts on “Happy Birthday, America…thanks for the memories! ~Tanya Hanson”

  1. Hi Susan, thanks for the post today. Sometimes I can’t believe how lucky I am to have gone to these incredible places. A blessed Fourth to you and yours!

  2. hi Winnie, one of my “aha” pictures is of Walden Pond…that was so high on my bucket list to see that. And Henry David Thoreau moved into his cabin there on the Fourth of July…but I wanted to keep it kind of in the 1770’s. There’s always next year. Have a wonderful Fourth with your family!

  3. Hi Robena, same to you! I’d never been East until then and I so love everything about it, especially how green is all was…of course, we didn’t see “everything”, so gotta go back some day! Happy Fourth~ xo

  4. Beautiful pictures, Tanya. Looks like you had a great time. I’d love to see Monticello and the Liberty Bell. Our nation has such a vibrant history.

    Happy Birthday, America!

  5. My son was going to grad school in Philadelphia so we got to see some of those fabulous sites there while he attended for 2 years. He just graduated in May so we took one last look at the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. I never tired of going to visit them! I have loved history all my life, especially the American Revolution period and those sites mean a lot to me. A number of years ago I was able to see the Boston sites and enjoyed them! Thanks for your post, Tanya!

  6. Hi Cori, I hope you get to. We are retired now with plenty of time. But…I sure wish we’d taken the kids to D.C. area when they were littler…oh well. Thanks for posting today. A blessed Fourth to you and yours!

  7. Hi Valri, isn’t the Liberty Bell something? The most incredible fact about the Declaration is that the signers were all committing high treason against the crown and faced execution! I thank God for their bravery in stepping up! Thanks for the post. I am certain I know how much you enjoyed those visits to Philadelphia. Congrats to your to your son. Our son got his MBA not long ago and I know grad school is challenging!

  8. hi Charlene, I loved Boston sooo much. There is so much history there, mixed in with modern life. Just a must-see place!

    Nancy, thanks. Independence Day blessings to you both, two of my very good friends!

  9. Thanks for sharing! I love history and would love to travel the eastern part of our county. So far I have only been in the east to visit relatives of my best friend and they have already been there so are not interested in playing tourist with us.

  10. Tanya, you’re too modest…your photos are great! Thanks for putting me in the 4th of July spirit and reminding me how lucky we are to celebrate our national independence with activities like barbecues and fireworks, (versus rations and musket fire).

  11. Tanya, what cool pictures–that must have been a wonderful trip for you! I have never been in that neck of the woods–would love to go and see it. You know I lived in West Virginia for many years, but we just didn’t have the money to go visit these places, even though they were so much closer then than they are now. Maybe someday!

    I always love the pictures you share. This was really interesting.

    Happy July 4th!

  12. Hi Connie, oh no! They’d be such experienced tour directors! One crazy-fun thing as did in Boston was the “duck” tour which takes you around the city pointing out cool stuff, then just drives into the Charles River! Fun and learning both LOL. Thanks for posting today!

  13. Oh, thanks kindly, Sam! I so appreciate you coming here today. I guess I meant my camera is pretty lousy. I’ve dropped it so many times Hubs won’t let me touch the good one. I too appreciate all our forebears went through. It took like 30 seconds to load a musket…we watched a demo in Jamestown. Happy Fourth to you and your fam. xoxo

  14. Thanks for posting today, Colleen and Quilt Lady. Glad you liked it.

    Hi Cheryl, West Virginia was amazing, the Shenandoah Valley, the Blue Ridge Mountains. Luck you! Thanks and good wishes and love to you, my friend. xo

  15. Thank you for sharing your great photos. My husband and I have been to many of these places so you brought back some wonderful memories. Thank you so much. Happy 4th of July!

  16. Oh, Mary, what a wonderful place to live but kinda far…but yes, you’ll have a tremendous time. The eastern seaboard just gasps out history in every inch. You’ll love it. Thanks so much for posting today! xoxo

  17. Lovely places. Did you know that T Jefferson had another home almost identical to Monticello in central Va called Poplar Forest.

  18. Have visited many of these sites and want to visit the rest. There is so much great history in our towns and cities. We take advantage of all we can.

  19. What an experience! Great pictures, too! Was through DC in 1967 and in East Virginia on the coast. So much to see, Williamsburg. It takes you back to the beginning of our history which is really neat and memorable! Thank you so very much for sharing with us all! Happy Fourth to you and yours! (It’s my youngest granddaughter’s birthday too, so we always celebrate!)

  20. Hi Patricia, oh, yes, there is so much history in one’s own neck of the woods…on the west coast where I live. It has been so exciting visiting places where it all started. Thanks for posting!

  21. hi Linda, yes indeed. I got plenty of goosebumps seeing these places…oh and so many more which await future blogs…Gettysburg, Williamsburg, Harpers Ferry. God bless the USA! Thanks for stopping by today.

  22. Hi BJ, oh, Williamsburg was dreamy, too. Standing right where they stood. And William and Mary College right there, too. Maybe I should have expanded my high educational aspirations when I was young! Thanks for stopping by.

  23. Tanya, I almost missed your post and I’m so sorry to be late. My favorite thing that you do besides writing your wonderful stories, is that you work to rescue horses. What you do is prayer in action.

  24. Hi Sarah, a blessed Fourth to you! The horse rescue has been such a blessing to me…meeting new people, getting out from behind the computer, and yes best of all, seeing how those beautiful creatures heal with gentle love! I actually fictionalized the rescue a bit for my upcoming children’s story for Prairie Rose Publications!

    Thanks so much for the post, no matter when you got here. I so appreciate you! xoxox

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