Grandma Ginny™  America's History Lady™

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Grandma Ginny™ America's History Lady™

 

1. Old Glory
The name "Old Glory" was  given to our flag by Captain William Driver, in 1831.  He was a shipmaster on the brig, Charles Doggett.  When he was leaving the port, friends gave him a flag with 24 stars, then the number of states in our America . When the flag was raised and the breeze let it fly, Captain Doggett shouted, “Old Glory!”  When he retired to his home in Tennessee after many years at sea, he took Old Glory with him.  During the Civil War, the Rebels tried in vain to locate that flag. Grandma Ginny™knows what happened to the flag. You can find out by doing some research on your own. Good Luck!

2.U.S. Capitol 
Washington, DC

George Washington laid the cornerstone of the Capitol, but he did not live to see it completed. Interesting facts are given in the Grandma Ginny™ CD, American Memorials, Monuments, Museums & Historic Places - Washington, DC- Group 1.

3. Colvin Run Mill Historic Site
Great Falls, Virginia

This is an 18th century grist mill that is still operational today.  It was restored in 1972 as was the old miller’s house.  The miller was the man who was in charge of the mill that ground the cornmeal and wheat flour. Today the cornmeal and wheat flour, still ground at the mill, can be purchased in the country store on the park like grounds. Bring your picnic basket, feed the ducks; just enjoy a quiet, peaceful part of history.  You may want to visit the old dairy barn that was in use in the 1900’s. In the barn is the history of the Virginia town of Great Falls .

4. Washington Monument
Washington, DC

This 555.5 foot monument honors George Washington, the man who was responsible for securing our independence from Great Britain. On the apex of the east side of the monument we find the Latin words, LAUS DEO, which in English means, Praise be to God. Washington took an untrained, unpaid army, and encourging them to stay although their enlistments were up, turned to his officers and said, “I have like you tasted humiliation and defeat… I have, like you,  savored hard won victories, I have like you slept on the hard, cold ground…I, like you, have been on horseback three days at a time without sleep… I, who have never left your side for these six years." He spoke of the unborn millions for whom they were  fighting. He spoke about the fact that they had put duty, honor and country before themselves. With tears in their eyes these men, who had already given so much, went on beyond their enlistment to win our independence.  They never gave up their belief that liberty and freedom were more important than life itself.   Rather than retire Washington went on to serve as president of the Constitutional Convention where 55 men from the colonies created the great United States Constitution.  Rather then retire permanently to his beloved Mount Vernon he became the first president of the United States, spending eight years building our great country, he did not want to be king, he did what needed to be done and he did it with distinction.  Congressman Henry Lee was selected by Congress to deliver Washington's eulogy on behalf of the nation at which time he said, “ He (Washington) was first in war, first in peace and first in the hearts of his countrymen.”  

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5. Colonal Family Reenactment
Salem, New Jersey

This reenactment features the local residents cooking as they would have done at the time of the War for Independence.  Salem County played a very critical role in supplying food for the starving soldiers at Valley Forge.

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6. SEABEES Monument
Arlington, VA
This monument is on Memorial Drive as you go toward Arlington Cemetery.  In 1941 the Navy created the United States Naval and Construction Battalion.  Taking the initials they became known as the CB’s.  The words across the bottom of their memorial speak of their capabilities. With willing hearts and skilled hands the difficult we do at once, the impossible takes a little longer.

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7. Pohick Church
Lorton, VA

This historic church was built between 1769 and 1774.  George Washington, George Mason and George William Fairfax were vestrymen and on the building committee for the construction of this classical Georgian style church, typical of the era.  During the Civil War union troops occupied the building and grounds, unfortunately they did not respect its history and destroyed much of the interior. It was restored ten years after the war ended

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8. Salem Oak Tree
Salem, New Jersey

The plaque attached to the brick wall that surrounds the grounds on which the Salem Oak grows reads ”Friends Burial Ground.  This Oak Tree, A Survivor of the Original Forest, Was Standing Here When Salem was Founded by John Fenwick in 1675.  It is Eighty-eight feet high and its folliage covers one-quarter of an acre.


9. Mount Vernon 
Alexandria, Virginia

This lovely home of George and Martha Washington is a special place to visit any time of the year.  The  story is included in the  Grandma Ginny™ CD,   American Memorials, Monuments, Museums & Historic Places - Northern VA - Group 1.

10. Air Force Memorial 
Arlington, Virginia

These four statues are placed at the Memorial and  identified by the Air Force as representing “a white, a black, a Hispanic and a female.” This unique monument is a most unusual and dramatic memorial.  You can learn about it on the  Grandma Ginny™ CD,   American Memorials, Monuments, Museums & Historic Places - Northern VA - Group 1.

11. Andrew Jackson 
Washington, DC

General Jackson was the hero in the Battle of New Orleans in 1815. This bronze statue is one of 30 horse and rider statues in Washington, DC. This is a remarkable statue because the sculptor placed the center of gravity in the hind feet of the horse.This statue is the centerpiece of Lafayette Park across from the White House.  The four canons surrounding the statue are those captured by Jackson in Pensacola, in his last campaign.  The inscription on the base of the statue reads - Jackson – “Our Federal Union It Must Be Preserved.”  Can you find the name of Jackson's horse?

12. Lafayette Monument   
Washington, DC

This statue that honors the Marquis de Lafayette faces the White House.  Lafayette’s statue also honors other Frenchmen who helped us gain our independence.  There are two Naval commanders, Comte de Grasse, and Count d’Estaing. Count d’Estaing also fought in a land battle. Their statues are on the east side of the  Lafayette monument while Comte de Rochambeau and Chevalier du Portail are on the west side.  Du Portail became known as the Father of the US Army Corps of Engineers and Rochambeau was crucial in the final battle of the Revolutionary War.  Learn more about Lafayette on the  Grandma Ginny™ CD,   American Memorials, Monuments, Museums & Historic Places - Washington, DC - Group 2.

13. Kosciuszko Monument  
Washington, DC

A very special Polish patriot who won the hearts of American patriots for his devotion to our cause and fighting for our liberty.  In a letter he wrote to Thomas Jefferson he said, "My Dear Mr. Jefferson,  I hereby authorize my friend, Thomas Jefferson to employ the whole value of my property to purchase slaves from among his own or any other to give them Liberty in my name.  Please teach them to be defenders of their Liberty and Country, of the good order of Society and in whatsoever may make them happy and useful.  Be so good to believe that my Affection, Friendship and Esteem for you will be everlasting T. Kosciusko."   Learn more about this remarkable man in the  Grandma Ginny™ CD, American Memorials, Monuments, Museums & Historic Places - Washington, DC - Group 2.

14. Horse and Carriage 
Williamsburg, Virginia.

The early means of land transportation in colonial America was by boat, on horseback, or in a carriage, or coach as it was sometimes called.  These were usually pulled by handsome horses controlled by a groom who was usually dressed in fine clothing as he represented the owner of the conveyance. You can have the fun of touring wonderful Williamsburg in one of these carriages.

15. Supreme Court Building  
Washington, DC

This beautiful building is the highest court in the land and honors its mission to administer justice and it also honors the Christian - Judeo beliefs as is depicted in the frieze where Moses holds the Ten Commandments, the laws that God gave to his people.  The new interpretation by a few, is that Moses is holding the Bill of Rights. The new interpretation is a wrong.

16. Boy Scouts Memorial   
Washington, DC

This monument stands in the area known as the President’s Park, (White House) which was the site of the first Boy Scout Jamboree in 1937.  It is one of the few memorials to a living cause.  Funds were raised for the memorial by the Boy Scouts and those contributing signed scrolls which were placed in the base of the monument. 

17. Iwo Jima Memorial    
Arlington, Virginia

Here is the story of real heroes and their sacrifices in World War II on an island that is smaller than Washington, DC.  You can learn about the horrific battle in the  Grandma Ginny™ CD, American Memorials, Monuments, Museums & Historic Places - Northern VA - Group 1.

18. Mount Vernon Reenactment 
Mount Vernon, Virginia

On special occasions there are reenactments of Washington reviewing the troops. Learn more about this exciting historic place on the  Grandma Ginny™ CD,   American Memorials, Monuments, Museums & Historic Places - Northern VA - Group 1.

19. George Washington’s Birthplace
Pope’s Creek, Virginia

The Washingtons lived here until George was three.  The original foundation has been found, and a replica of the house has been built there on the property.  It is a working farm with sheep, chickens, pigs and other farm animals, as it would have been when the family lived there.

20. The Navy Memorial with the Lone Sailor
Washington, DC

Washington, D.C.  This lonely sailor stands watch on the map of the world which has been etched into the cement.  Surrounding this memorial are sculpted bronze panels that depict scenes of Navy valor. Lovely fountains and waterfalls showcase this impressive monument to the men and women of the Navy. Nearby is the Naval Heritage Center.  There are naval exhibits, a movie, and a media resource center which provides historical documents and memorabilia of the Navy.   There is a log for those who want to enter the names of family members who have served in our country’s naval forces as well as a computerized registry to learn about those who have served.

21. Gun Emplacements 
Fort McHenry, Maryland
These cannons were the primary defense in the battle between Fort McHenry and the British fleet under the command of Admiral Cockburn. It was during this battle that Francis Scott Key wrote the stirring words which became our national anthem; our Star Spangled Banner.   These cannons had limited capability as their projectiles when fired went in an arc making it difficult to hit the British ships. On the other hand the British used mortars that made a larger arc and had great enough range to go over the walls of the Fort.   One of them landed in the" magazine.". The magazine was the building that housed the gun powder.  Amazingly enough   that mortar did not explode! Had it exploded and blown up all the gun powder it could have determined the outcome of the battle and probably the outcome of the war.

22. Angel of Marye’s Heights 
Fredericksburg, Virginia
The Battle of Fredericksburg took place during the Civil War on December 13, 1862. There was a stone wall that shielded the Confederate soldiers at the base of Marye’s Height and from which Southern soldiers could fire at the Union soldiers as they crossed the open land.  In the course of the terrible battle about 8000 Union soldiers were wounded or killed by the  Confederates.  Those who were able to walk or crawl made their way to the rear of the battlefield.  Many lay where they had fallen and the cries for help pierced the winter night. Nineteen year old Sergeant William Kirkland asked  his General Kershaw, if he could go over the wall and help the Union soldiers. General Kershaw said he could not allow a white flag to be carried, however, reluctantly the General granted Kirkland permission to venture onto the battlefield.  Kirkland gathered canteens, filled them with water, jumped over the wall while several Union shots were directed at him. However, when the Union soldiers saw that he was helping their men, both sides began to cheer. This angel of mercy risked his life to help the enemy soldiers with drinks of water for which they were pleading. but could not get for themselves due to their severe wounds.   When he finished he went back over the wall to be with his Confederate compatriots.  He fought in several of the major battles including Gettysburg, but lost his life along with thousands of others in the battle at Chickamaugua.  As he lay mortally wounded his last words were, “Tell my pa, I died right.”

23. USS Constellation Baltimore Harbor 
Baltimore,
MD
This sailing vessel was built in 1854 and commissioned in 1855  and is the last all sail war ship built by the U.S. Navy. It is also the last Civil War vessel still afloat.  She has an illustrious history from pursuing slave vessels to blocking Confederate ships from entering ports.

24. White House 
Washington, DC

The history of the White House and stories about some of its occupants are included in the Grandma Ginny™ CD, American Memorials, Monuments, Museums & Historic Places - Washington, DC - Group 2.

25. Yorktown Monument 
Yorktown, Virginia

This monument, known as “Alliance and Victory” was authorized by the Federal Government on October 29, 1781; ten days after General Cornwallis surrendered the British troops to General George Washington thereby ending the Revolutionary War.  Even though the Congress put through the authorization in 1781, the building of the monument began one hundred years later in 1881, and was dedicated in 1884. 


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