Presidential Pet Museum, Maryland: Some Presidents Had Unusual Pets

    1/07/16 •

    …few of the surprises I found at the Presidential Pet Museum outside Washington, D.C., in Lothian, Maryland. This quirky little find, run by friendly Claire McLean, who’s a professional dog groomer, breeder and judge, preserves more than 1,500 presidential pet artifacts and photos. I was fascinated to learn that presidents have served as veritable zookeepers,…

    Antietam National Battlefield in Maryland: Site of the Civil War's Bloodiest Day

    12/23/17 •

    When I visited Antietam National Battlefield in Maryland, it was hard to imagine that the bloodiest day of the Civil War occurred on these lovely rolling green fields. But battle scars still mar the landscape where more than 23,000 soldiers died on September 17, 1862. The bloody conflict marked the end of General Robert E….

    Check Out the Pumpkin Cannon at Lawyer's Winterbrook Farm in Maryland

    1/22/19 •

    When we spotted a huge orange contraption outside a cornfield near Thurmont in Maryland’s Catoctin Mountains, my husband and I detoured to investigate. Doug was delighted to learn it was Lawyer’s Winterbrook Farm’s unique pumpkin cannon. A “cannonmaster” showed Doug how to load it… adjust aim for wind and elevation… and pull down hard with…