Two Days and Eleven Lights: Day One

My sister and I had been on the shorter “Passage to Five” excursion offered by Chesapeake Lights in May; before we’d even gotten off the boat that day, we’d signed up for the once annual 2-day trip that takes place every August. Update May 2021: Unfortunately, Chesapeake Lights no longer offers lighthouse tours. The lighthouses […]

The Famous and the Blameless at Laurel Hill Cemetery

If you are at all interested in exploring a cemetery, then Laurel Hill Cemetery in Philadelphia, is the one you should start out with — especially if you think it’ll be the ONLY one you decide to tour. Laurel Hill’s creators and organizers intended the cemetery to serve as a civic institution designed for public […]

Retracing a Veteran Ancestor’s Steps in Cold Harbor National Battlefield

When my husband and I had visited Richmond last June, my sister reminded me that our ancestor, George Washington Spertzel, the second generation of Spertzels in the United States, had fought at Cold Harbor. I’m pretty proud of his story and his service to our country, and that’s why I’m writing about our visit to […]

Remembering Our Dead

The muffled drum’s sad roll has beat  The soldier’s last tattoo;  No more on life’s parade shall meet  The brave and daring few.  On Fame’s eternal camping-ground  Their silent tents are spread,  And Glory guards with solemn round  The bivouac of the dead. The Confederate graves at Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, VA. In honor of Veterans […]

Autumn Glory in Swallow Falls State Park

“Autumn burned brightly, a running flame through the mountains, a torch flung to the trees”  ~ Faith Baldwin, American Family We went on a weekend getaway in search of some romance, my husband and I. And in search of autumn’s exquisite show. And maybe along the way, we’d visit some places we’d never been to […]