American History Field Trip Check In…

I committed last year to do a year of field trips for American history.  Um, sort of achieved and sort of not.  Here’s the post I made with the checklist last year.  Here’s how we’re actually doing with it.

Williamsburg

Field Trips Achieved:

  • National Archives
  • Library of Congress
  • Smithsonian Museum of American History
  • Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian
  • Portrait Gallery and Smithsonian Museum of American Art
  • Memorials walk – Washington to Jefferson, not skipping the overlooked DC World War I Veterans Memorial
  • Georgetown fun: Tudor House, Dumbarton House, Old Stone House, canal boat ride
  • Pierce Mill
  • Original District Boundary Markers
  • C&O Canal at Great Falls
  • Baltimore fun: USS Constellation, Transportation Museum, Fort McHenry
  • Mount Vernon
  • Claude Moore Colonial Farm
  • Williamsburg
  • Jamestown
  • Monticello
  • Montpelier
  • Richmond National Battlefield and Civil War Center
  • James River Plantations
Monticello
Best Trip: Probably Williamsburg, but Monticello was a close second.

Longest Trip: We were in Williamsburg for three days!

Most visits: We’ve been to the Portrait Gallery seven or eight times at least.  I lose count.  We’ve also unexpectedly been at the colonial farm a lot.  I should have bought a membership.

Most unexpectedly fun: As I mentioned previously, we went in search of the original boundary markers for the district and that was like going on a geocache hunt.  Very bizarre but enjoyable to invade someone’s yard for a historic marker.

Baltimore

Field Trips Not Achieved (at least not yet):

  • White House tour
  • Capitol tour
  • Bureau of Printing and Engraving
  • Ford’s Theater and Peterson House
  • Lincoln’s Cottage
  • Frederick Douglass National Historical Site
  • Mary McCloud Bethune House
  • Fort Circle Parks
  • St. Mary’s City
  • Riverdale Mansion
  • Antietum National Battlefield
  • Clara Barton House at Glen Echo
  • Manassas National Battlefield
  • Gadsby’s Tavern
  • Arlington National Cemetery
  • Appomattox Courthouse Battlefield
  • Cumberland Gap
  • Harper’s Ferry
  • Gettysburg
  • Valley Forge National Historical Park
  • Philadelphia fun: Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell and the National Constitution Center

We’ll Make It Soon: We’re just now up to the Civil War and I’m hoping we hit the Lincoln and Frederick Douglass sites, a couple of the Fort Circle Parks, plus a quick day trip to Harper’s Ferry and out to Manassas within the next month or so.

Additions: We’re also going to hit some Atlanta sites when we visit relatives later this summer.  Cyclorama here we come!

Big Regret: I really thought we’d make it to Philadelphia.  I suppose we still can, but with overnights to Williamsburg and Charlottesville, it just didn’t happen.

Richmond

2 thoughts on “American History Field Trip Check In…

  1. I am so impressed with your ambitious list! There is indeed so much to explore in terms of American History field trips in your part of the country. I am a high school history teacher outside of Boston and I found this part of your blog while considering developing my own blog based on trips to historic places (mostly in New England). Thanks for the inspiration!

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