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Old 12-23-2011, 07:40 PM   #1
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The Early American History Trip - Suggestions?

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....
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America's stonehedge Salem NH

Acadia National Park Maine

Polar Caves Rumney NH

Strawberry Banke Museum Portsmouth NH

Plymouth Rock, Plymouth MA

The Newport Mansions Rhode Island

Just a few.... the mansions are not to be missed and Acadia National Park is one of my favorite places.
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Old 12-23-2011, 08:06 PM   #3
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Savanaha. GA. Loaded with history. some great camp grounds.
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Old 12-23-2011, 08:19 PM   #4
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I second savannah!
Also look at jekyll island, ga, cumberland island, ga, fort frederica (st simons island, ga). St Augustine, fl, cape canaveral, fl.
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Dont forget charleston, sc
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Gettsyburg in July

Let them walk Pickett's Charge in July.
Just as the Lee's army did.
From the shelter of the treeline at the bottom of the hill,
Up the hill through the cornfield in the July sun,
One mile,
To the stone wall at the top of the hill.

Let them cool off in the shade of tall oak trees at the nearby Little Round Top where Chamberlain's bravery on the left flank saved the Union.
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Old 12-23-2011, 09:00 PM   #7
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Some Early American History suggestions in NC, & all have camping within a reasonable distance, I enjoyed all of these:
Lost Colony historic site and outdoor drama - at Roanoke Island, NC
Tryon Palace - at New Bern, NC
Museums of Natural Science, History, and Art - at Raleigh, NC
Old farms, Folk Music+Folk Art+Visitor Centers, Mineral Museum -Blue Ridge Parkway
Mt. Mitchell highest elevation east of the Mississippi-Blue Ridge Parkway
Old Brunswick Towne/Fort Anderson/Orton Plantation - near Wilmington, NC
Fort Fisher - near Kure Beach, NC
Fort Macon - near Atlantic Beach, NC
Fort Caswell - near Oak Island, NC
Cape Lookout Lighthouse and other lighthouses - along the outer banks area NC
Wright Brothers first flight memorial - Nags Head, NC
Biltmore House - Asheville, NC
Great Smokey Mtn Railroad - Bryson City, NC
Old Salem+Bathabra+Bethania, Winston Salem NC
River Lock system on the Cape Fear River - several locations
Battleship NC - Wilmington, NC
Guilford Battleground - Greensboro, NC


not historic, but educational:
NC Zoo - at Asheboro, NC
Three different NC Aquariums, at Roanoke Island, Pine Knoll Shore, and Fort Fisher.

Many more check out www.visitnc.com
ps: all state parks in NC are free entry
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Ocmulgee National Park, Macon, Georgia. Very early history indeed and free to enter!
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If you end up in macon,ga there is a fantastic air force museum there near the base.

...macon is just south of Atlanta. Lots of things to do there...Ga Aquarium, world of coke
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I don't know what time during American History you are looking for, but Gettysburg is a good one. They have a very nice campground 10 minutes from the battelfields.


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Philadelphia and not far from The South Jersey shore. Sal.
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When passing through Connecticut consider the Submarine base at Groton and for the kids the Aquarium at Mystic. A good history class is the indian casino's. They have museums and are beautiful just to see.
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WOW! I go to sleep for a measly 8 hours and I have a wonderful page of suggestions. As for what time frame in history, as long as it's interesting who cares about the time frame. Please keep the wonderful suggestions coming. I've still got many weeks to fill.
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