Fury by Dave Hileman

In early May over 150 years ago the edge of this farm field, Saunders Field, was a hive of activity. Men from Ewell's division hastily built a series of trenches and breastworks to hold off a much larger Union force. They used, knives, bayonets, broken canteens and anything else they could find. These are the traces of that effort. Ewell did hold off repeated attacks across Saunder's Field until the Union chose to try another point on the battlefield. It eventually failed to dislodge the Confederate forces at the battle of the Wilderness in Orange County, Virginia. 

Sounder's Field, Orange Turnpike off to the left

Sounder's Field, Orange Turnpike off to the left

Pennsylvania Avenue National Historic Site by Dave Hileman

Pennsylvania Avenue is a separate National Park Service site. Not completely certain of the process that makes these designations. But in trying to find a "shot" for the purpose of this blog (and to compete another of the 417 sites) I found this plaza at the end of the Avenue - at first it seems just a large flat space but when you walk on it is has quotes, line drawings of buildings, like the White House and much more. This is looking along the nearly entire length of Pennsylvania Avenue from the plaza to the Capital. That building with the tower is the Old Post Office.

From the NPS.gov site: "A street unlike any other.  It is known the world over as the heart of the Nation's Capital. America's history has marched, paraded, promenaded, and protested its way along the Avenue." 


Reflections by Dave Hileman

The US flag is reflected in the shallow pool at the Korean War Memorial in DC. A very small space that is nestled behind some trees and bushes designed to sit and think. We ought to do more of that. 


Belmont-Paul Women's Equality National Monument by Dave Hileman

This was the home of the National Women's Party where for decades the advocacy for the right to vote for women was the central focus. This home is in sight of the Capital and the Supreme Court. This is a new National Monument and they are still in the process of exploring how it will be displayed but the NWP had already used some of it for a museum so that portion remains until the NPS moves forward. The house is only open on Saturday and Sunday and has no parking. 


Korean War Memorial by Dave Hileman

If these men look cold, wet and tired, the sculptor did a great job. It was. Korea was not a "war" only in the narrowest of meaning. It is also not really over, a nearly 70 year truce may be unraveling. Any "next" war will be very different in many ways but the soldiers will still need to be there and will be cold, wet and tired. 


Modern Times (two photos) by Dave Hileman

Obviously this is one of the most recognized homes in the world, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. But much is different than on my first visits here as an adult in circa 1967 or 68. You can see several of those changes in this photo. And more clearly on the second one. You cannot today even approach the fence as they have a second one, nor walk on the street than runs on the back side. The fence is more secure, the gates bigger, the road in front is pedestrian only today, no cars, many more guards and security and note the roof. 

More telling is being here on 9/11, note the flag at half mast. 

There were at least four people on the roof with rifles and scopes

There were at least four people on the roof with rifles and scopes

Maybe Two by Dave Hileman

So this is General Pershing ensconced at Pershing Park across the street from the Willard Hotel. Pershing was in charge of the United States forces (AEF) in WWI. This is the second possible location for the US WWI memorial. They have had the commission to erect the monument since 1920, yes, nearly 100 years and still arguing. This site also qualifies for the NPS side of the photos because it is one of the scores of pocket parks in DC that fall under the National Park Service. 

Your vote doesn't count but go ahead anyway!


Maybe (2 photos) by Dave Hileman

So, this is the Washington DC memorial to the soldiers of WWI, erected shortly after the war. Is is located on the Mall not too far from the Vietnam Memorial. The difference is that it MIGHT be the US monument to WWI or at least the counterpoint of the same but the commission cannot make a decision. So for today, MAYBE. (It is on the Mall, so it does qualify for inclusion on this page.) Stay tuned tomorrow for yet more options!


The Silversmith by Dave Hileman

This is Paul Revere's house in Boston. It is a part of the Boston National Historical Park that includes several sites. Admission to the house is charged and it is privately owned. The cost is nominal but we did not tour it because we were already short on time to see the various places. Cindy and I did go through this house decades ago, (Paul had moved out). I recall thinking it was not too authentic. So I waited for several minutes but could not get a short without people walking past so here we are... not a good shot but it is the place!


Silent Sunday Mill by Dave Hileman

One of the more photographed sites, perhaps THE most photographed site on the Blue Ridge Parkway. It would have been a beehive of activity for generations but not on Sunday. 

"You have six days each week for your ordinary work, 14but the seventh day is a Sabbath day of rest dedicated to the Lord your God. On that day no one in your household may do any work." Deuteronomy 5:13, 14 NLT

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Cloudy Background by Dave Hileman

Ben't Old Fort, while designed for protection, was never a fort but a trading post. It was the largest structure in the US between St. Louis and San Francisco for many years. The post was a very lucrative business that maintained peace for all parties for years. It was also renowned for its pool table brought here at great cost and effort. 


Most Unique by Dave Hileman

This monument at Moore's Creek National Monument near Wilmington, NC is unusual. It is to honor the women who attended to the soldiers after the battle. One woman is mentioned on the statue and she are her husband are buried here, but it is for all those who tended to the wounded at volunteers to serve. This lady, here called Polly, was but 16 at the time of the battle. It is, according to the ranger, likely they got her first name incorrect. But it may have been a nickname. 


Look Carefully! by Dave Hileman

In the midst of the swamp, trees and river is a bridge. It is, or was, THE bridge over Moore's Creek and connected the road to the coast from modern Fayetteville. In 1776 is was the site of a brief battle between Loyalists and Patriots and the Patriot's victory helped the young US toward victory in the Revolution. 


Valley of Steam by Dave Hileman

At Yellowstone National Park you will find, in addition to Old Faithful many geysers and hot springs. There are places where the earths crust is very thin and the cauldron below is visible. This is one of those places. 

"The earth trembles at his glance; the mountains smoke at his touch." Psalm 104:32 NLT


1930's by Dave Hileman

This is a small portion of the FDR Memorial in DC. It is a line of needy men waiting for food, a common scene in the Great Depression. I shot this at night and converted to B&W because I liked the atmosphere. 


Jefferson by Dave Hileman

The statue of Thomas Jefferson at sunset at the Jefferson Memorial. I still find great joy in DC's monuments, history and setting. Walking around the Tidal Basin after dark was a rich experience and I plan to go back the next chance I get. The sights are just beautiful with the soft night lighting. 


Joan by Dave Hileman

Looking down from the third floor of the Belmont-Paul Women's Equality National Monument in Washington DC, a very short walk from the capital, at the statue of Joan of Arc. She was one of the icons of the Suffragist movement at this home was the headquarters of that effort years leading up to the 19th amendment.  


Gap by Dave Hileman

The town of Cumberland Gap nestled in the valley below was the starting point for the Cumberland Gap trail that opened Kentucky and Tennessee for thousands of pioneers. It is a great hike and an even better view where you can easily see Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee merge at one point. Cumberland Gap National Historic Park includes trails, a great tunnel and portions of the original trail and lots of remnant structures.