Historic Site News and Info
Even in these difficult times, work continues on preserving the battlefields of the Civil War, American Revolution, and the War of 1812. The amazing work of the Battlefields Trust has recently saved land at Sackett's Harbor and is working on many other projects. Check them out.
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Historic Site of the Month
It's the story with characters that we now know well; Pocahontas, John Smith, and the other one hundred colonists who would brave the New World to create the first permanent English settlement, after several attempts that did not work. It was the effort of the Virginia Company of London, with difficult relationships with the Powhatan Confederacy that sometimes led to peace and other times to conflict.
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1774 - Fairfax County Militia
It was coming to that point when men, such as George Washington, who had been loyal to the crown and military officers of the British government, were thinking about the rights and liberties of the American colonies. On September 21, 1774, he and George Mason formed the Fairfax County Militia Association, independent of British control.
1999 - Euro Currency
On January 1, 1999, the Euro Currency was introduced in various European Union nations to combat the power of the dollar and establish an easier way for commerce to be conducted across Europe. Over the next three years, it would become the sole currency in the region, and eventually the second most important reserve currency in the world.
Spotlight on Lesser Known History
It's a site that was important for trade, situated between Lake George and Lake Champlain along the La Chute River. The French understood that, and built Fort Carillon, its original name, in October 1755, to protect just that, one year into the French and Indian War after the Battle of Lake George. Now you can visit the restored fort and its two thousand acres.
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