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Independence Hall

I’ve always been drawn to the architecture of Independence Hall, site of so much U. S. history—that familiar old, red-brick-white-trim, Georgian-style façade, complete with iconic bell tower, arched windows, embedded clock, and white steeple. The familiarity is enhanced by the fact that dozens of public buildings mimic the look of Independence Hall. Two of these are …

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Train to Philly

Here’s a Photo Album from a coast-to-coast research trip I took aboard Amtrak’s California Zephyr from California to Chicago, the Lakeshore Limited from Chicago to New York, and a commuter train from New York to Philadelphia.

Zephyr

Video: Random scenes from the California Zephyr. Nothing much happens in this video, but it will give you a good idea of what it’s like to travel on the Zephyr.  Excerpts from Finding George Washington: A Time Travel Tale   •  “Besides the two locomotives, the California Zephyr consisted of a baggage car, three coach …

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Zoom Book Launch Party!

Join the celebration on Publication Day. Monday, November 23 7 pm Pacific Time CLICK HERE TO REGISTER on ZOOM: https://bit.ly/FGWlaunch After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information about joining the meeting. Wine and cheese will be served. If you serve them. FINDING GEORGE WASHINGTON A Time Travel Tale by BILL ZARCHY ON SALE …

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Time Travel

Excerpt from Finding George Washington: A Time Travel Tale  • “If we examine the literature,” the Berkeley professor continued, “we see many examples of travel forward and backward through time, some of which also involve a change of physical location. In Twain’s Connecticut Yankee, for example, the main character, an engineer from New England, experiences a …

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Outside view of Washington's headquarters in Valley Forge.

Washington’s Headquarters

Valley Forge—Washington and his military staff occupied this stone house during the winter encampment. The house had been built for an ironmaster named Isaac Potts, an owner of the iron forge that gave Valley Forge its name. At the time of the Revolution, the house was less than ten years old. Because of long resentment …

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Valley Forge Huts

Valley Forge—Re-creation of log cabin soldiers’ huts, each built to house a dozen men, stacked like cordwood, during Washington’s winter encampment in 1777-78. Made of logs and chinked with mud, with a fireplace on one end. Crude, but better than tent living.

Slavery and the Washingtons

      Photos from Mount Vernon: Commemorative marker, burial ground for enslaved people I originally thought of Finding George Washington as a comical, fish-out-of-water story, but as I learned more about my subject, so much emerged about George. A charismatic leader, but a soft-spoken, uninspiring orator. A courageous man, who endured the burden of …

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Aurora

          Excerpt from Finding George Washington  • Valley Forge, February 22, 1778 • A new freeze gripped the valley, and a few inches of virgin white covered the now-frozen ruts in the roads. When they first arrived at this winter encampment two months before, rain and cold had compounded the misery of …

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Plantation

Excerpt from Finding George Washington • Mount Vernon • The General approached the Mansion from the west. He floated up the serpentine path, around the bowling green, and through the north colonnade, until he could see the lush Potomac River Valley. He glided toward the inviting shade of the columned piazza on the east side, then …

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