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Thomas Stone National Historic Site

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Location: west of La Plata, Maryland
Date: June 20, 2009


Thomas Stone National Historic Site preserves Thomas Stone's gravesite and home, also known as Habredeventure. Stone was a signer of the Declaration of Independence, and he also worked on the Articles of Confederation.


The visitor center has exhibits on Stone and the Declaration of Independence. I went on a tour of the house that lasted about 30 minutes. There are also a few short trails, including to Stone's gravesite.




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George Washington Birthplace National Monument

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Location: Colonial Beach, Virginia
Date: June 20, 2009


This was the birthplace of George Washington in 1732 and was primarily a tobacco farm in the 18th century. The building Washington was born in no longer stands, but is marked by an outline on the ground. A memorial house similar to buildings of the 18th century was constructed in 1931 next to the original home site.


There are other buildings on the site, and it is operated by the National Park Service partly as a farm to maintain the character from George Washington's childhood. The area also has a replica of the Washington Monument and a family cemetery where George Washington's father, grandfather, and great-grandfather are buried. This area is located along the Potomac River less than five miles from Stratford Hall, the birthplace of Robert E. Lee.






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Virginia Civil War Battlefields

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Virginia was the location of several battles during the Civil War. In the summer of 2009 I visited four National Park Service units that manage some of these battlefields.

Manassas National Battlefield Park
The location of the first and second battles of Bull Run



Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park
Includes the Wilderness, Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, and Chancellorsville battlefields






Richmond National Battlefield Park


Petersburg National Battlefield









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Mason Neck National Wildlife Refuge

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Location: Woodbridge, Virginia
Date: June 7, 2009


In 1969 Mason Neck National Wildlife Refuge was the first refuge established specifically for the protection of bald eagles. The refuge is located along the Potomac River next to Mason Neck State Park, and it still supports a large population of nesting bald eagles. There are two trails in the refuge, and both are totally flat.


The Great Marsh Trail is paved trail/boardwalk and ends at an observation platform at the edge of the wetlands. The Woodmarsh Trail has a small loop at the end as well as and observation platform. Part of the Woodmarsh Trail was closed during my visit due to nesting bald eagles, which I only caught a a glimpse of as one flew away.



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