Happy Birthday, Elvis!

Today in American history…Elvis Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi on January 8, 1935.

Christmas at Belle Grove Plantation

My husband and I toured Belle Grove Plantation in Middletown, Virginia tonight to admire their beautiful Christmas decorations. Belle Grove Plantation was once the home of President James Madison’s sister, Nelly, and her husband Isaac Hite. If you have the chance, please stop by and visit Belle Grove and take a tour of this beautiful home. During the rest of the Christmas Season they also have special live music on Friday’s and Saturday’s from 6-8PM and you can also tour the home. Oh…don’t forget the fabulous gift shop too!!!

Today in American History 🇺🇸

Today in American history…George Washington passes away on December 14, 1799 at his beloved home @mount_vernon He was 67 years old. His last words were “‘Tis well” His funeral was held on December 18, 1799 and he was entombed in the old tomb at Mount Vernon until the new tomb was completed in 1831 where he was reburied along with Mrs. Washington. You can read more about George Washington’s death here: https://www.mountvernon.org/george-washington/death/

Today in American History 🇺🇸

Today in American history…Emily Dickinson was born on December 10, 1830 in Amherst, Massachusetts.

“Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul – and sings the tunes without the words – and never stops at all.” – Emily Dickinson

Remembering Pearl Harbor

Today in American history…the U.S. Naval base at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu was attacked by the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service early Sunday morning at 7:48am on December 7, 1941.

A total of 188 U.S. aircraft were destroyed.

Twenty-one ships were damaged or lost in the attack, of which all but three were repaired and returned to service

2,403 Americans were killed.

The surprise attack led President Roosevelt to formally declare war and enter the U.S. into World War II the following day.

Today in American History 🇺🇸

Today in American history…President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963. Instead of putting pictures (or video) of the assassination and focusing on his death which are easily found on the internet – I just wanted to put a picture of President Kennedy taken by Cecil Stoughton at The White House on July 11, 1963.

“Life is never easy. There is work to be done and obligations to be met—obligations to truth, to justice, and to liberty.” – John F. Kennedy

Today in American History 🇺🇸

Today in American history…On November 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln dedicated Gettysburg’s National Cemetery (originally named Soldier’s National Cemetery) in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and delivered one of the most memorable and historic speeches in American history.

The Gettysburg Address.

This is a picture of President Lincoln at the dedication in 1863. He is seated in the center (Photo Credit: The US Library of Congress)