Today in American History 🇺🇸

Today in American history…Harriet Tubman became the first African American woman to appear on a U.S. postage stamp on February 1, 1978.

Mrs Grant’s Roman Punch

When Julia Grant was First Lady, she had the White House serve elegant 29-course meals and the menus were all done in French cuisine (much like Jacqueline Kennedy in later years).

It was said that people had to actually get up and take an intermission before they could finish – how could one possibly eat 29 courses!

Mrs Grant’s favorite beverage to serve at such feasts was her Roman Punch.

Here is a recipe for Roman Punch inspired by Julia Grant:

1 quart lemon sherbert
1 cup rum
1 split (about 3/4 cup) champagne, iced.

Place sherbet in chilled bowl. Slowly mix in rum. Quickly add champagne.

Serve in sherbet glasses.

Happy 5th Anniversary to Us 🇺🇸

Happy 5th Anniversary to The Historical Homemaker! On a wintery and cold afternoon five years ago (much like today) I was contemplating on how I would love to do something to share my love of American history with others and hence…The Historical Homemaker was born. It’s been a lot of fun sharing my love of history with you and thanks for following me throughout the years.

Here’s to another 5 years! 🇺🇸

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Painting of Betsy Ross sewing the first American Flag. “Birth of the Flag” by Henry Mosler (1841-1920)

Today in American History 🇺🇸

As my husband and I traveled to Woodstock, Virginia earlier today we happened to stumble upon a wonderful historic event celebrating the commemoration of Pastor Peter Muhlenberg who was a brave patriot who decided to take a stand and fight for freedom and liberty.

On this day in 1776, three hundred of his parishioners stood up and joined him and they eventually became the 8th Virginia Brigade who fought for our liberty 🇺🇸

Today in American History 🇺🇸

Today in American history…Edith Wharton was born on January 24, 1862 in New York City.

In 1921 she became the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize in Literature for her novel The Age of Innocence.

In 1966 she was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame.

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: