Life in the Past Lane

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

150th Anniversary of Mosby’s 1st Rendezvous

Mt. Zion ChurchOn January 26, 1863, sixteen gray-clad riders gathered at the small brick church located at the intersection of the Old Carolina Road and Little River Turnpike near Aldie, Va.The group was a very special detail of the 1st Virginia Cavalry under former...

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Mosby’s first rendezvous

Thought I'd pass this event on to other Mosby enthusiasts. Unfortunately, I won't be able to make it. The Mosby Heritage Area Association, partnering with the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority, will be offering its first installment in the popular...

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His saddle and sabre hang on the wall

Happy New Year everyone!I posted this on Facebook, but it's so good, I decided to post it here too for anyone not on Facebook. It's a touching poem by Francis Alexander Durivage that I ran across while reading James Williamson's book "Mosby's Rangers."That Is All...

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New Year: Make a wish on a shooting star

This is off topic, but since everyone else always tells me how they see shooting stars and I always miss them, I thought I'd share this opportunity for you to go star gazing during this upcoming light show that peaks on Jan. 3.The Quadrantids meteor...

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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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