Author Archives: Terry Rensel

Franklin’s Crossing at Fredericksburg

Earlier this year I had a rare opportunity to visit the site of Franklin’s Crossing (also known at the Lower Crossing) at Fredericksburg. The site sits on land owned by Spotsylvania County and isn’t currently accessible to the public. These … Continue reading

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Home Libraries: Across Time and Place

I have loved reading from an early age, and as I get older reading has become the main thing that I do to relax and fill my free time. I started out reading sports biographies, and the discovered Stephen King … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Erie History, Lost and Found

I recently made a road trip to Pennsylvania to look in on family and friends, as I needed to check in on a few things in person. Since I was going to be in Erie, I decided to spend part … Continue reading

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Getting Un-lost in the Wilderness

As I have gotten older, I have become a much more tactile person when it comes to understanding history. I still greatly enjoy a good book, and sometimes that’s the only way that you can experience it, but it has … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender – Fort Clinch

I’ve been coming to Ameila Island and Fernadina Beach, Florida on and off for near 20 years. I always try to make Fort Clinch, at the mouth of the Amelia River, a stop.

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CW & Pop Culture: Civil War Media—Ken Burns’ The Civil War

Ken Burns’ The Civil War changed my life. I was a college senior in September of 1990 when the series premiered on PBS. I was a double major, History/Political Science and Broadcast Communication, and was way too busy with my … Continue reading

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Holiday History Tour

I traveled home from Fredericksburg to Erie Pennsylvania for Thanksgiving this year. It was my first trip back since arriving here in late June. As I have an serious allergy to the commercialism of Black Friday, I decided to make … Continue reading

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