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Harpers Ferry, West Virginia

Harpers Ferry, West Virginia

Why a child in rural Perthshire should know the song “John Brown’s body lies a mouldering in the grave” is a mystery, but this civil war song was quite known to me, although at the time I had no idea who John Brown was. I thought of this when I went to Harpers Ferry...
Lincoln’s Cottage

Lincoln’s Cottage

In the spirit of continuing to discover Washington, we visited Lincoln’s Cottage which is located on the grounds of the Armed Forces Retirement Home in the Upper North-west quadrant of the city. Lincoln was not the only president to stay here in the summer months, but...
Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens

Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens

Last weekend, we set out for Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens, which is located in the district close to the border with Maryland. I doubt we’d have heard of it if we hadn’t received a little book called Secret Washington DC, as a gift. And it is a secret, because...
Richmond & Appomattox

Richmond & Appomattox

Richmond, VA The day dawned suffocatingly hot and humid again. The intent had been to wander round Belle Isle and the James River Park Pipeline Walkway, but after wandering round Belle Isle for a bit I was already undone and had to take a break and sit on the rocks...