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Mississippi Delta Tour Tells the Stories of Civil War, Civil Rights and the Blues

Posted on: April 3rd, 2013 by National Trust for Historic Preservation 2 Comments

 

Written by Carolyn Brackett, Senior Field Officer

Dockery Farm. Credit: Carolyn Brackett
Dockery Farms outside of Cleveland, Miss.

The Mississippi Delta is a region that has a culture as rich, sweet and deep as the very soil of the Delta itself. Its stories -- of Civil War, civil rights, and the birth of the blues -- resonate with the American story yet tell of a special place, special times, and special people.

This fall, National Trust Tours and the Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area (one of our National Treasures) invite you on a week-long tour of this unique region to visit places where events forever changed America’s character and culture. Set for September 28 through October 4, 2013, tour highlights include antebellum homes, a Civil War battlefield, and one of the South’s last original juke joints.

Tourgoers will experience the Delta’s culinary traditions, enjoy a blues performance, meet the people who call the Delta home, and listen to their stories. The tour also includes a visit to Memphis, often referred to as the place where the Delta begins.

If you can't wait for the fall, take a virtual spin now of the featured tour stops:... Read More →

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Iconic US Eateries (At Least According to This Preservation Reporter)

Posted on: April 2nd, 2013 by David Robert Weible

 

Ben's Chili Bowl, Washington DC. Credit: fensterbme, flickr
Ben's Chili Bowl, Washington, D.C.

I've lived all over the country -- the Midwest, Southwest, East Coast -- and traveled nearly everywhere else. Regardless of regional affiliations or local alliances, one thing I've noticed about Americans is that our sense of place is often tied to our sense of taste.

Another thing I've noticed: The places to try the iconic food of each locale are decidedly those frequented by the common man -- usually sometime after midnight. Here are just a few of my favorites.... Read More →

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David Robert Weible

David Robert Weible

David Robert Weible is an assistant editor at Preservation magazine. He came to DC from Cleveland, Ohio, where he wrote for Sailing World and Outside magazines.

[Sitings] The Farnsworth House in Plano, Ill.

Posted on: March 30th, 2013 by Mame McCully 2 Comments

 

Mies van der Rohe's iconic Farnsworth House is located about an hour west of downtown Chicago in Plano, Illinois. Conceived in 1945 for Dr. Edith Farnsworth, the home was completed in 1951.
Conceived in 1945 for Dr. Edith Farnsworth, the home was completed in 1951.

Plano, Illinois is a small town about an hour from Chicago, but what many don’t know is that it’s home to The Farnsworth House, an internationally known piece of architecture by famous architect Mies van der Rohe. Sitting alongside the Fox River, the glass-walled home is truly an experience for architecture and design lovers.

If you are in Chicago, don’t miss this gem and the chance to sneak away from the Windy City to see what else Illinois has to offer. Tours begin April 3; visitors are encouraged to get their tickets online in advance.

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Mame McCully

Mame McCully is a marketing manager at the National Trust. Her heart is forever in the Midwest, but she loves to travel, explore new places, and spend time with family and friends.

Spend the Perfect Day in Monterey

Posted on: March 27th, 2013 by Katherine Flynn 3 Comments

 

3)	Another view of Monterey’s Fisherman’s Wharf. Credit: Michael PG, Flickr
Monterey’s Fisherman’s Wharf was used as an active wholesale fish market into the 1960s.

While history-rich Monterey is the ideal destination for those hoping to learn more about California’s colonial past, it is also chock-full of scenic views, stunning art, and delicious food. We’ve put together the perfect day in Monterey and invite you to take in the sights, sounds, and tastes of this jewel on the California coast.... Read More →

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Katherine Flynn

Katherine Flynn

Katherine Flynn is an assistant editor at Preservation magazine. She enjoys coffee, record stores and uncovering the stories behind historic places. Follow her on Twitter at @kateallthetime.

[Slideshow] Sitings: Belle Grove Plantation

Posted on: March 23rd, 2013 by Mame McCully

 

Spring has sprung and at Belle Grove Plantation in Middletown, Virginia, this means that this historic site opens for the season just as it has every year since 1967. A short trip from Washington D.C., the site and historic Cedar Creek Battlefield are a perfect stop if you are passing by on a roadtrip or if you want to escape for a day from a nearby city.

Check out some of the beautiful vistas and fun facts from this historic site of the National Trust:... Read More →

The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.

Mame McCully

Mame McCully is a marketing manager at the National Trust. Her heart is forever in the Midwest, but she loves to travel, explore new places, and spend time with family and friends.