From National Parks

Catoctin Mountain Park, Maryland

When Tom and I were in Harrisburg, we spent time visiting every National Park site that was within a two hour drive.  Catoctin Mountain Park is one of the many we visited during our busy three weeks. Never heard of Catoctin Mountain Park in Maryland?  Don’t feel bad – we hadn’t either.  In fact, when …

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First State National Historical Park

Most states have at least one National Park site.  Until 2013, poor little Delaware did not.  So, in 2013 President Obama and Congress designated First State National Historical Park in Delaware. First State National Historical Park celebrates Delaware’s status as the first state to ratify the Constitution.  The nine sites, scattered all over the state, …

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Valley Forge National Historical Park

Tom and I visited Hopewell Furnace in the morning and then headed over to see Valley Forge National Historical Park.  It was less than 30 minutes to Valley Forge from Hopewell Furnace. Valley Forge National Historical Park is, of course, where the Continental Army spent the winter of 1777-1778.  The name has become synonymous with …

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Monocacy National Battlefield in Maryland

On our way back from Washington DC, Tom and I stopped at one more National Park:  Monocacy National Battlefield.  Monocacy was the closest Civil War battle to Washington DC.  I mentioned it in yesterday’s post about the Civil War Defenses of Washington. Monocacy National Battlefield commemorates the place where the Union troops left in Washington …

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