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Fredericksburg, Virginia: America’s Most Historic Small City

Fredericksburg, Virginia: America’s Most Historic Small City

BY FRED J. ECKERT George Washington would still recognize his old hometown Few self-proclaimed “historic” towns around the country actually offer up much or even any truly significant history. Mostly, they’re about obscure local history, not very much that qualifies as American history. Most commemorate events or persons that you would never come across on any […]

Visiting America’s Largest Bird Park

Visiting America’s Largest Bird Park

BY FRED J. ECKERT   One of the most distinctive visitor attractions in the United States, a delightful park that appeals to all age groups, is a place you’ve probably never heard of, located in a town you’ve also probably never heard of. Scotland Neck, North Carolina—located roughly midway between North Carolina’s capital city of Raleigh […]

Egypt Beyond the Pyramids

Egypt Beyond the Pyramids

BY FRED J. ECKERT “How could I have been so foolish as to have missed this until now?” I asked myself one day while 785 miles south of Cairo visiting Abu Simbel, down near the Sudan border, in an area where the ancient Egypt of the pharaohs once stood looking out toward the ancient Kingdom of Nubia. As […]