Archive | September 2017

Today in History…

Today in history…T.S. Eliot was born in 1888



Today in American History…

Today in American history…James Madison marries Dolley Payne Todd on September 15, 1794. James Madison would go on to become our fourth US President and Mrs. Madison will always be one of our most beloved first ladies.

Today in American History…President McKinley was Shot

Today was another dark day in history when On September 6, 1901, William McKinley, our 25th President, was shot on the grounds of the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York. At the time of the shooting, President McKinley was shaking hands with the public and then an anarchist named Leon Czolgosz walked up to him and shot him twice in the abdomen. President McKinley succumbed to his wounds eight days later on September 14, 1901.

The Historical Homemaker Bakery & Cafe

We officially opened The Historical Homemaker Bakery & Cafe in Strasburg, Virginia on September 1st. What an incredible weekend we had meeting such wonderful and welcoming people! This has been truly a fun (and hard!) journey for me and I couldn’t have done it without my dad (we even made apple pies together!) my precious husband and my friends who really proved what friendship is all about – especially in the last few days.

My vision for the bakery/cafe is to have a warm, loving place to gather, eat yummy food and share our love of American history with one another.  In the last few days, I’ve met a history teacher, a Daughter of the Confederacy and a lovely lady who volunteers at the Stonewall Jackson Museum in Winchester among others.

The next time you are in Strasburg, Va please come by to say hello, have a cup of coffee or a cupcake. Would be great to meet you and share our love of history (and sweets!) together.

Today in American History…Sarah Polk was Born

Sarah Childress Polk was born today in 1803 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. During her tenure as First Lady, Mrs. Polk was known by the nickname of “Sahara Sarah” (people said it was that she was as “dry as the desert”) because she was an incredibly sober, deeply religious woman and did not allow there to be any drinking, dancing or card-playing at any White House social functions. She also was the very first First Lady to host a Thanksgiving dinner and lived in the White House when gas lighting was installed and also…an ice box! (Photo credit: White House Historical Association)