| Aug 30, 2014
| 6:31 PM
On the outskirts of Nazareth's downtown, buried beneath the stately grounds of the Whitefield House, lies an untold story of the Moravian settlers who came here in 1740.
It's not about the beautiful brass and woodwind music of their church services,...
| Aug 1, 2014
| 3:35 PM
Connecticut has a history of being a generous and sharing state — its communities, while staunchly independent, have often pulled together. One of the state's nicknames, the Provisions State, attests to this.
The Provisions State moniker dates...
| Sep 6, 2013
| 8:35 AM
The Kill List
By Frederick Forsyth, Putnam, 352 pages, $27.95
Frederick Forsyth — who as a writer of thrillers is certainly an old warhorse — creates a protagonist who steps forward to take on a heroic task in the war on terror. He's a...
| Nov 8, 2013
When it comes to the business of war and national defense, no part of the United States has a longer or deeper record than Hampton Roads.
Even before Washington’s victory at Yorktown ensured the independence of a country that has fought in more...
| Apr 27, 2014
| 2:11 PM
Today they endure climbing children and have bicycles chained to them, but the cannons that flank Patterson Park's Pagoda were used in wars as much as 350 years ago, park officials have found.
A cannon expert surveyed the seven historic weapons last...
| Feb 17, 2014
| 8:28 AM
When Maj. Gen. Edward Braddock landed at the Hampton docks on Feb. 20, 1755, the dashing commander-in-chief of British forces in North America was eager to put his long transatlantic journey behind him and burnish his reputation by defeating the French on...
| May 5, 2014
| 3:05 AM
Jesse Leavenworth here to tell you about Jesse Leavenworth.
I write of my Revolutionary namesake with pride, but must admit some truth in the old saying about looking back far enough and finding a horse thief.
Old Jess and I share ancestors who came...
| Jun 27, 2014
According to standard narratives of the American Revolution, the military path toward independence began with a "shot heard round the world." But Claudio Saunt's "West of the Revolution: An Uncommon History of 1776" reveals that when the 13 colonies...
| Apr 3, 2014
| 1:00 AM
1619: 20 black indentured servants arrive at Jamestown, Va.
1620: Pilgrims land at Plymouth, Mass.
1640-1680: Beginning of large-scale African slave labor in the British Caribbean for sugar production.
1650: Connecticut becomes second American...
| May 24, 2014
| 4:34 AM
In some ways, Israel Putnam defied the image of a classic American hero.
Stout, if not fat, he was unreserved, a man of many words who reveled in racy ballads and rum-fueled stories. He was also a farmer from Connecticut, a state with few pedestals in...
| Oct 23, 2012
| 5:27 AM
MILL RUN, Pa. - Masterpiece. Art. Perfection. Many fancy words and rapturous phrases have described Fallingwater, Frank Lloyd Wright's most famous house.
It's all true. But what is also true is that I kept thinking, wow, this house is not childproof. A...