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Old 12-24-2011, 07:24 AM   #15
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We'll do better on the next post, but don't miss Mystic Seaport, Old Sturbridge Village, Baltimore for Francis Scott Key, Edgar Allen Poe, and that fabulous aquarium, too.
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Old 12-24-2011, 07:38 AM   #16
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You have to take the time to stop here in south western PA. Some places to see include Fort Necessity National Battlefield on rt. 40. and Jumonville Glen, the site of the first shots of the French and Indian War. While you are here, Ohiopyle State Park and Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater are a must see. Also plan on a trip out to Fort Ligonier and the Bushy Run Battlefield. If your kids are younger, Idlewild park is just a stones throw from Fort Ligonier. After that, plan to run in to Pittsburgh and check out the Carnegie Science Center and Pittsburgh's Noth Shore, catch a ride on the Gateway Clipper Fleet and hit Kennywood park. An hour or so east is Shanksville PA and the Flight 93 crash site and the Quecreek Mine Rescue site. There plenty of activities to fill quite a few days in the area.

There are quite a few private campgrounds and a KOA located just off of I-70 at the Madison exit.

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Bushy Run Battlefield Welcome Page

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Sounds like a great trip and fantastic experience for your children. Lucky, lucky kids to have parents able to undertake something like this.

Monticello and Mt. Vernon would be on my list.

We took grandchildren to this museum in 2010 and they were fascinated by the story of how and why these people came to the U.S.

Menno-Hof - Amish/Mennonite Information Center, Shipshewana IN

They also enjoyed seeing the horses and buggies, and how other people live in our country without electricity, cars, etc.

Always good to expose children to diversity and differences, I feel. Expands their little souls and their compassion for others.

Also Plimoth Plantation

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If you are going to be on the east coast, north of St. Augustine you will find the Gullah history museum at Penn Center in Beaufort, SC. A beautiful, beautiful area and fascinating, sobering history.

The Penn Center - A link to the past and a bridge to the future located on St. Helena Island, South Carolina.

I would buy a National Park pass before you head out, as it will cover fees for many of the sites you visit. A AAA card will give discounts at many others.

Will be watching for updates!

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Vincennes, IN, is the home of the George Rogers Clark Memorial, site of the westernmost battle of the American Revolution. If you come for Memorial Day weekend you could also take in the Rendezvous which is Revolution period entertainment, food, booths with wares, and mock battles between the American and British forces and their allies. The re-enactors camp out on the grounds of the Memorial in period tents. Great place and time to learn about a monumental battle that secured a huge tact of land north of the Ohio river from the British, namely, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconson, and part of Minnesota. Aside from the impressive GRC Memorial there are several historical buildings in Vincennes including an authentic French fur traders home and Grouseland, the home of William Henry Harrison who was territorial governor and later a US President. The family of Abraham Lincoln crossed the Wabash river at Vincennes as they moved from southern Indiana to Illinois. Lincoln saw his first printing press here and made several visits over times with a local family.

Illinois campaign - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia The info contained in this article seems to be quite accurate.

Another famous son is Red Skelton. His home still stands and a museum here honors him.

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Another vote for Gettysburg. Artillery Ridge Campground was nice with battlefields within walking distance & horseback riding tours. The new Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center is VERY nice.
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We'll do better on the next post, but don't miss Mystic Seaport, Old Sturbridge Village, Baltimore for Francis Scott Key, Edgar Allen Poe, and that fabulous aquarium, too.
Fort Mc Henry, Fort Howard, Fort Armistead, North Point. All points of interest for the War of 1812. All are less than 45 minutes drive from the courtesy parking you have been offered.
Sharpsburg/ Antienem, Gettysburg, Mannassas, Harpers Ferry, the Wilderness and about 10 other Civil War battle sites all less then 2 hours from said courtesy parking.
Smithsonian Institution, White House, Congress, all the Monuments, and let's never forget DuPont Circle less than an hour, often thirty minutes when traffic is right, from said parking.
As ghuer mentioned Edgar Allan Poe was laid to rest here. His house is very cool to see(it is in a not so good part of town, so the adventure adds to the tour). Babe Ruth was from Baltimore. HL Menkin was from here too. All that stuff is like a half hour away.
The Aquarium is well worth the visit. If you have never been, put it on the list. The Science Center is right around the corner of the inner Harbor from the Aquarium. You can take a water taxi between the two and learn about boating. That should cover the science part of the learning.
Don't forget the Arts in that home schoolin'! While taking that water taxi, one it's stops is the Visionary Art Museum. This is probably one of the coolest Museums you will ever visit. It is dedicated to untrained artist. The BMA has got an immense collection Impressionist painting and a very good modern collection. The miniature house collection is my favorite part. The Walter's is an awesome Art Museum also. There are many galleries to see at my alma mater, The Maryland Institute, College of Art. There are many art galleries all over the City.
If you want to educate them about other cultures while on this trip, you can do that here too. This is a true melting pot and everyone is represented in this city.
If you want to see some Airstream people while in Baltimore, Frank' Trailer Works is located in Baltimore, Colonial Airstream is just North and Airstream of Fredricksburg is just South of said parking.
And on a parting note, your axles need replacing. You might be able to have that done while you are here.
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If your travels bring you into Upstate New York there is Ft. Ticonderoga and Ft. William Henry ( Lake George area). Both important during the revolutionary war. In Maine Acadia NP and Bar Harbor should be a must see. Just south of there is Ft. Knox State Park. Interesting colonial fort overlooking the rivers. Further south in Bath, Me is a very nice shipbuilding museum.

Lots to see but not enough time. You certainly are on the right track.
Good luck in your adventure

PS: I see you have Mamoth caves on your hit list. We were disappointed when there 2 summers back. If you want to take any their guided tours you gotta plan ahead. At least a day ahead and make reservations. When we were there we couldn't do anything except a self-guided walk and that was a big disappointment. So think ( and plan ) ahead.
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Close to Gettysburg is Hershey, PA--home to another American Icon, The Hershey Bar. They have a small museum that covers Milton Hershey's life and a GREAT amusement park. There is also a nice camp ground there, though we did it in a tent so I have no idea about their RV accommodations.

While doing Williamsburg, Jamestown and York Town don't miss Busch Gardens and Water Country USA. Both fun summertime parks.

You might have noticed that I like to mix my history with Roller Coasters and Lazy Rivers. Unless you can find an amazing deal I don't recommend buying your tickets for either place too far ahead. When you get to the areas check out the fast food places and grocery stores for some great ticket deals. Lots of time there will be soda cans with BOGO offers or good deals on weekday admissions. You can google it before you arrive.

You know what they say about all work and no play.....

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Alrighty, ladies and gents we are looking for some suggestions. Next spring we (2 adults, 2 kids, 2 dogs) are embarking on an east of the Mississippi tour. We are guessing this trip will almost take us a year to complete (late April to early March). Our children's homeschool curriculum will be an Introduction to American History. We are looking for some advice on places to visit and campgrounds. Not all places have to be history related.

The only definite plans include OH in late June, PA in July, and FL in early Nov. We intend to go all the way up to Maine and then all the way down to Florida.

Stops we already have on the agenda -
Washington, DC
Colonial Williamsburg
Walt Disney World
Mammouth Cave

Right now the list is pretty pitiful for a 10 month journey....
She also forgot to mention the Smithsonian....which aside from the bash and our own rally is at the top of the list for me and the boy!
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My husband went to the Benjamin Franklin museum and said it was great. We homeschooled our kids and unfortunately never made it there. He was really impressed by the inventions.
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Make part of your research contacting places mentioned, nothing worse than arriving at an enactment site or museum and finding it is closed or the program you wanted was yesterday. Our history includes a lot of battles but to kids cemeteries might not hold much interest unless they are old enough and can understand how our freedom was attained by the ultimate sacrifice of the brave buried at the sites.
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Fort Mc Henry, Fort Howard, Fort Armistead, North Point. All points of interest for the War of 1812. All are less than 45 minutes drive from the courtesy parking you have been offered.
Sharpsburg/ Antienem, Gettysburg, Mannassas, Harpers Ferry, the Wilderness and about 10 other Civil War battle sites all less then 2 hours from said courtesy parking.
Smithsonian Institution, White House, Congress, all the Monuments, and let's never forget DuPont Circle less than an hour, often thirty minutes when traffic is right, from said parking.
As ghuer mentioned Edgar Allan Poe was laid to rest here. His house is very cool to see(it is in a not so good part of town, so the adventure adds to the tour). Babe Ruth was from Baltimore. HL Menkin was from here too. All that stuff is like a half hour away.
The Aquarium is well worth the visit. If you have never been, put it on the list. The Science Center is right around the corner of the inner Harbor from the Aquarium. You can take a water taxi between the two and learn about boating. That should cover the science part of the learning.
Don't forget the Arts in that home schoolin'! While taking that water taxi, one it's stops is the Visionary Art Museum. This is probably one of the coolest Museums you will ever visit. It is dedicated to untrained artist. The BMA has got an immense collection Impressionist painting and a very good modern collection. The miniature house collection is my favorite part. The Walter's is an awesome Art Museum also. There are many galleries to see at my alma mater, The Maryland Institute, College of Art. There are many art galleries all over the City.
If you want to educate them about other cultures while on this trip, you can do that here too. This is a true melting pot and everyone is represented in this city.
If you want to see some Airstream people while in Baltimore, Frank' Trailer Works is located in Baltimore, Colonial Airstream is just North and Airstream of Fredricksburg is just South of said parking.
And on a parting note, your axles need replacing. You might be able to have that done while you are here.
1. How much time does it take to see all that stuff?
2. Our axles do indeed need replacing. Do you know someone that might be up to the task?
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Close to Gettysburg is Hershey, PA--home to another American Icon, The Hershey Bar. They have a small museum that covers Milton Hershey's life and a GREAT amusement park. There is also a nice camp ground there, though we did it in a tent so I have no idea about their RV accommodations.

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I have to say I am encouraged, excited about and very grateful for all the suggestions so far. As soon as we get out of family obligations I'm going to start checking into all of them.

Merry Christmas!
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