Fake News Colonial Style Who Was Telling the Truth? When I first saw a colonial paper about fifteen years ago I didn’t know WHAT I was looking at. It wasn’t anything like what I knew a “newspaper” to be. Jammed with tiny text, irregular layouts and a wild juxtaposition of ads, letters and news, it.. read more →
The Hamilton and Burr Duel Does Anyone Really Know What Happened? Many Versions of the Story There seem to be endless versions of the story of the duel that occurred July 11, 1804 between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr. Sometimes I hang around Trinity Church after finishing my tours just to listen to the different.. read more →
It’s the Patriotic Barber of NY, or the Captain in the Suds! Upon learning that his customer is an officer in the King’s army, the Patriotic Barber kicks him out of his shop, half shaved, with his wig still removed. A hero to the Sons of Liberty! But wait, look at the face of the.. read more →
The Tragedy of Elizabeth Franklin 😢 Benjamin Franklin’s Daughter-in-Law One of the things we don’t learn much about in school is the way families were divided during the American Revolution. We’re taught an image of the “good guys” as patriots and the “bad guys” as loyalists. But what about brothers or fathers and sons who fought.. read more →
New York: The Scoff and Wonder of America! 😳 Or, everyone hates New York. The love/hate relationship between New York and the rest of America is nothing new. By the time of the American Revolution it was in full swing, with the city frequently taking actions that outraged our upstate and colonial neighbors. Here are.. read more →
The End of the World As We Know It! 💣 April 23, 1775 – New York City Wall Street, 1774 click image to enlarge Sunday, August 23, 1775, started out as any other Sunday in New York. The residents of the island were up early and off to their respective houses of worship for services. Families.. read more →
Stories I Don’t Tell! The Indecent Side of Revolutionary Era New York City There are lots of stories I DON’T tell on the Revolutionary Era Tour! All of the tours are designed to be family friendly, so I stay away from things that aren’t suitable for children. But looking honestly at the time period, there’s.. read more →
The First Shot Will be Mortal 💣 Lexington and Concord The Shot Heard ‘Round The World April 19, 1775 Was there a way to avoid that fateful shot on Lexington Green? Is it possible that cooler heads might have prevailed? Let’s take a look at the debate going on in the British Parliament in early.. read more →
Famous for Being Famous! ♥ Peggy Shippen of Philadelphia Margaret, Peggy Shippen was born in 1760 in Philadelphia to a wealthy family that became politically divided during the Revolutionary War. (The town of “Shippensburg” was named for the Shippen family.) Her father, Edward Shippen, was a Loyalist leaning judge and member of the Pennsylvania Provincial.. read more →
Farewell to the British! Evacuation Day. Before President Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a national holiday, the most celebrated day of the year in New York City was Evacuation Day, November 25, 1783. The Long Occupation September 21, 1776 – British forces commanded by General William Howe took possession of New York City. Washington’s defeated army.. read more →
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