It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted about my Nerd Trips. Starting a new job has meant limited time for writing, but that doesn’t mean I’ve stopped traveling. In fact, this summer and fall have been jam-packed with Nerd Trips. Here are some highlights:
In May, we ventured to Wheatland, home of President James Buchanan in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
A return trip to Pennsylvania two months later featured a tour of the colonial complex in York where the Articles of Confederation were created. Some future presidents stayed here, and we also had a brief encounter with Lafayette.
Then, it was back to England where some friends and I set out to find presidential statutes in London. Some other nerdy highlights included a Dickens walking tour and visiting Shakespeare’s home in Stratford-on-Avon (or Stratford-upon-Avon as the Brits say).
Before I left my job in downtown Baltimore, I finally took a Nerd Trip of Davidge Hall, the oldest medical school building in continuous use in the United States. I passed Davidge Hall nearly every day for more than a decade, but never took the time to appreciate its architecture and history. It even has some spooky stories and a Lafayette connection.
A trip to Atlanta for a Bar Mitzvah offered the opportunity for a presidential library and museum – the Carter Center, which features our third Oval Office replica. Of course, Atlanta is the home of “Gone With The Wind,” so we checked out the home of author Margaret Mitchell.
Our presidential quest also “took me out to the ballgame,” trying to get some pictures of the presidential mascots of the Washington Nationals. At first I had mixed feelings for these guys, but they have grown on me!
A few weeks later on a Girls Weekend in Virginia, some friends and I visited Belle Grove plantation, birthplace of President James Madison. It’s also the home of Michelle Darnell whom I got to know through her blog A Virginia Plantation, which chronicles her family’s adventure turning the plantation into a Bed-and-Breakfast. After reading her blog for years, it was so nice to meet her in person and see Belle Grove for myself.
Finally, a day trip to New York City meant a return trip TR’s house. When I first visited Theodore Roosevelt’s birthplace, the museum gallery was undergoing renovations. This time we got to see the exhibits, which included the shirt, speech and glasses case TR had on him when he was shot in 1912. You can see the bullet holes and everything. I also walked away with a unique presidential souvenir.
As you can see, we’ve had a busy season of Nerd Trips travel. Now, I’m looking forward to writing these stories and sharing these adventures with you.
Wow! You sure get around with your travels! Congrats on your new job!
Mike. Yes, I have been traveling a lot and not writing. Did you make it to Maryland in September? Sharon
If I’ve read about it, it seems you’ve surely been there in person! I still need to get to Poplar Forest, Ash Lawn-Highland and Wheatland (how did you like it? Is it worth a 7 hr roundtrip drive for me?) Oh, and I still need to get to the Boston area to see so many historic sites associated with John, Abigail and John Quincy Adams. I should probably stop reading and get in the car…
Steve, your comment made me laugh! I liked Wheatland. Buchanan was more complex that I realized. I find that the more “obscure” presidents are where you learn the most. Of course, you usually get a good spin on a person’s home turf! I am definitely in need of New England trip. I should probably find time to read more! Sharon