In comparison to the last few years 2014 was a pretty low-key year as far as my hobby of visiting historic sites go.
Starting out the year winter was rough and things were pretty busy at work which occupied most of my weekends. Then in March my Grandma who I was very close to passed away.
So by the time Spring rolled around I was itching to do some little day trips on the weekends to some places I've been before, some places I haven't, but just enough to feed the habit, so to speak.
On the same day we stopped in Sydney, Ohio at the county courthouse where I heard there is a historical marker pointing out that in 1912 both former President Theodore Roosevelt and President William Howard Taft both made speeches here at different times while each one campaigned for President
Hayes Speigel Grove home
My son Nicky kept sneaking away to checking out the train set that belonged to one of Hayes sons
Hayes Inaugural Bible
June 19, 2014 marked 10 years of marriage for my wife and I. The only big trip we took in 2014 was sort of a Anniversary trip, just the 2 of us to Myrtle Beach. Luckily I was able to work in some sites on the way there and back
We stopped in Lexington, KY on the way down. Here I am revisiting the grave of James Buchanans VP John C. Breckinridge.
Also in Lexington is Henry Clays "Ashland" home
Before Myrtle Beach we spent a day in Charleston, SC. At the top of the "to see" list was Fort Sumter.
Inside the Fort
The Mains home Mont Royal was filmed at Boone Hall Plantation outside of Charleston. Above is the dramatic Avenue of Oaks leading up to the house.
Boone Hall Plantation.
We had a great time at Myrtle Beach
On the way home we stopped in Columbia, SC at the Woodrow Wilson Family Home. It was cool to see since it just reopened after a 9 year renovation.
The bed in which Woodrow Wilson was born. On display in the Wilson Family home
We also hit a couple of President Birthplaces on the way home. Jackson and Polk. In the case of Jackson he has 2 States that claim him, so 2 markers to visit. Above is the South Carolina and below is the North Carolina marker.
I took a day trip in August down to the Lincoln's Boyhood National Memorial in Lincoln City, Indiana. I hit a few spots along the way. Above is Hamilton High School in Hamilton, Ohio. Site where George W. Bush signed the No Child Left Behind Act. The site is commemorated with a series of statues including one of President Bush.
When I originally posted this post, this was the end of it. But I was able to get the last few days of the year off somewhat unexpectedly with extra vacation time and so on December 30, 2014 I made a day trip to Chicago one that I had been wanting to do for quite a while. Here are some highlights of the day.
Monument at Battlefield of Tippecanoe . WH Harrison's campaign would be "Tippecanoe and Tyler Too!"
That is officially it for 2014, here's to a good 2015.