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Smooth Traveler: Philadelphia’s Colonial Legacy

January 31, 2020

ABOVE PHOTO: Battle of Germantown re-enactement at Chew House. ( By Renée S. Gordon  Philadelphia was part of a tract of land given to William Penn as partial payment for a debt owed his father by Charles II of England. The wooded area — occupied by the Lenape (also referred to as the Delaware) Indians…

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Smooth Traveler: Small town tales: Short Pump and Ashland, Virginia

January 23, 2020

ABOVE PHOT: Ashland Mural (Photos: Renée S. Gordon) By Renée S. Gordon In 1607, a group of 105 people led by John Smith established a permanent Virginia colony, named in honor of Queen Elizabeth I, at Jamestown on land inhabited by Native Americans. A colony, also established by the Virginia Company, was to become Richmond,…

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Smooth Traveler: Montgomery, Alabama (Part Two)

January 18, 2020

ABOVE PHOTO: Freedom Riders Museum  (Photos: Renée S. Gordon) By Renée S. Gordon “My soul looks back in wonder.”  -African American spiritual Montgomery, Alabama has, from its beginning, acted as a historical vortex, drawing people and events into its orbit in astonishing configurations. This is the city of the Creek Indians, M.L.K., Rosa Parks, Judge…

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Smooth Traveler: Montgomery, Alabama (Part One)

January 9, 2020

ABOVE PHOTO: Legacy Memorial Raise Up Artwork   (Photos: Renée S. Gordon) By Renée S. Gordon “Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of these acts will be written the history of this generation.”  —Robert Kennedy…

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Smooth Traveler: Exploring Philadelphia

January 2, 2020

ABOVE PHOTO: Barnes Foundation   (Photos: Renée S. Gordon) By Renée S. Gordon “The lines are all Mr. Trumbauer’s, but the shadows are all mine.”  –Julian Abele Whether your latest resolution was to spend more time with your family or not, this column is for you. Philadelphia was designated the nation’s first UNESCO World Heritage…

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Smooth Traveler: Savannah, Georgia

December 26, 2019

ABOVE PHOTO: Savannah Carriage   (Photos: Renée S. Gordon) By Renée Gordon Georgia, named in honor of King George II, was the thirteenth of the 13 colonies and was founded in 1733. When the ship Anne landed the 120 colonists on the shore of the Savannah River, at the foot of a 45-foot bluff, founder…

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Smooth Traveler: Baltimore’s Ever Present Past

December 20, 2019

ABOVE PHOTO: Baltimore Harbor (shutterstock) By Renée S. Gordon The Mid-Atlantic region is the most historic corridor in the country. It consists of a series of metropolitan areas within 220 miles and is accessed by I-95. The major cities — New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, DC — each have distinctive attractions; New York’s glitz,…

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Smooth Traveler: Central Virginia, Appomattox and the Blue Ridge Mountains

December 16, 2019

ABOVE PHOTO: Blue Ridge Parkway (shutterstock) By Renée S. Gordon “I was with General Grant when Lee surrendered at Appomattox…..that was freedom….” Private William Harrison, 45th U.S. Colored Infantry More Civil War battles were staged in Virginia than in any other state. any of those battles played out in and around the 34,000-sq. mile Blue…

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