Fairmount Park, where King George’s loyalists lived

Many of us think America became politically divided in 2016.

A special tour of historic homes in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park showed me that our predecessors faced even greater strife.

Opposing colonists attacked each other as being unpatriotic. There were assertions of what we now call states’ rights and cries to take this country back — that is, back to the days …

Valley Forge’s harshest winter

Just before Christmas, on the anniversary of George Washington’s encampment at Valley Forge, I trudged over frozen ground to the National Park to join a candlelight walking tour.

It’s a half-mile from the park entrance to the spot where the barracks were built. In 20-degree weather, this was a tough hike. But it forced me to imagine how grueling it …

FDR’s private getaway at Hyde Park

Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site. Route 9 in Hyde Park, New York

by Steve Cohen

The most interesting building in the presidential preserve at Hyde Park is the least visited.

While many critics debated the accuracy of the film Hyde Park on Hudson, starring Bill Murray as FDR, I wanted to discover more about the centerpiece …

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