Life in the Past Lane

Official blog of award-winning romantic historical and military fiction author Jessica James

A visit to Mount Vernon, a national treasure

Mount VernonThey call it a "privately-owned treasure" and no truer words were ever spoken. A trip to Mount Vernon is like taking a step back in time AND a step into the classroom. Whether you're interested in history, agriculture, old homes, Colonial living, gardens...

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A visit to George Washington’s church

Christ Church in Alexandria.After our visit to Occoquan, my sister and I went into Old Towne Alexandria where we took a tour of Christ Church. Amazing to think it was built almost 240 years ago and was attended by George Washington and Robert E. Lee, among other...

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A visit to the river town of Occoquan

Occoquan, Va.This week I thought I'd share some historical information on a small town in Virginia that my sister and I visited called Occoquan. Today it is made up of quaint shops, residences and restaurants, but it has a long history.The area was settled by the...

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Happy Birthday John Mosby

JOHN MOSBYNo name in the annals of the Civil War conjures up a more gallant, romantic and awe-inspiring image than that of Confederate Colonel John Singleton Mosby of Virginia. The epitome of the Southern cavalier, Colonel Mosby was a charismatic officer whose small...

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A great holiday apple pie recipe

This is off topic somewhat, but I wanted to share this old-time, easy apple pie recipe!Anyone who knows me, knows I'm not exactly the homemaker type, but I gave this recipe a try over Thanksgiving and it was a big hit.It's so easy even I can do it - so give it a try...

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Review by Clean Romance Reviews

Please click over to Clean Romance Reviews and read the latest review of NOBLE CAUSE. (And leave a comment if you're so inclined). I love how the reviewer, known as English Rose, summarized the book. You'll have to go there to see it, but here are some...

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Civil War connection to Thanksgiving

For many, Thanksgiving conjures images of Pilgrims and Indians sitting around a large table dining on turkey and pumpkin pie. While it's true the new arrivals to America did feast with the Native Americans in the fall of 1621 - the reason we celebrate Thanksgiving as...

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149th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address

General Lee in the Remembrance Day Parade.Today is an historic day in Gettysburg - the anniversary of the day President Abraham Lincoln delivered his famous address while dedicating the National Cemetery in 1863.The release of Steven Spielberg's movie has brought...

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Remembrance Day in Gettysburg

At last year's parade I gotGenerals Lee & Grant topose with Noble Cause.When anyone asks me the best time to visit Gettysburg -- I always tell them Remembrance Day weekend. This is the weekend that commemorates Abraham Lincoln's visit to Gettysburg to...

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Letter from a Civil War soldier

HAZEN HOOKER In a letter home 19-year-old Private Hazen Blanchard Hooker, Co. G, Third Vermont Regiment, asked his family to write more upbeat letters and ones that reported on the ordinary, day-to-day activities. He urged family members to not be downhearted, and...

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