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Multi-State National Heritage Areas (Non-Units)


Champlain Valley National Heritage Area (New York, Vermont)

Not visited.


Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area (Kansas, Missouri)

Not visited.


Freedom's Way National Heritage Area (Massachusetts, New Hampshire)

7/9/2010 Off the highway west near Boston to Lexington and the National Heritage Museum, one of the many sites in the Freedom’s Way National Heritage Area. This museum, run by the Masons, had some general US history exhibits, a nice main section on the battle of Lexington and Concord and revolutionary period living, and an excellent special exhibit of fantastic photographs of the 58 National Parks.

National Heritage Museum
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Liberty exhibit sign
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One of the exhibits
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Great Basin National Heritage Area (Nevada, Utah)

9/17/2009 Headed out south from [Little Sahara RA] to see some Great Basin NHA sights. First stop, the Topaz Internment Site [Central Utah Relocation Center NHL]. This was one of many WWII Japanese camps. It’s really out in the middle of nowhere. All that is left are some foundations and marked areas where the camp was. Continued into Delta to the GB Museum. This little place has rocks and minerals, Indian stuff, things from pioneer and more recent history and, outside, a restored living quarters barrack from the Topaz camp, along with a pioneer cabin and farm implements. It was a good snapshot of GB life. Final stop for GB, Fort Deseret SP. Not much here but the outer wall of the fort for protection from the Indians.

Topaz sign
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Topaz Interment Site area
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Great Basin Museum sign ...
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... and the museum
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Some of the many exhibits
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A Topaz barracks
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Topaz area map
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An example living area
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Fort Deseret sign
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Signage, and the fort in the distance
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A view along the fort wall
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5/23/2014 ... Information on Schellbourne Stage Station (in the Great Basin NHA) ... stopped at Ward Charcoal Ovens SHP (in the Great Basin NHA). The ovens, built in 1876 by itinerant Italian masons who specialized in the ovens, prepared charcoal from locally-harvested timber for use in the smelters at Ward. The remaining structures were pretty impressive in their construction and we made goofy noises inside where there were cool acoustics.

Info on the Schellbourne Stage Station
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The Ward Charcol sign ...
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... and info
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A view of the remaining ovens
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A close-up of the construction
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5/23-24/2014 Ely Historic murals (also in the Great Basin NHA)

Ward Charcoal Mural
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United By Our Children Mural
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Pony  Express Mural
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Liberty Pit Mural
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Gullah Geechee National Heritage Area (Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina)

4/10/2009 On to St. Helena Island and the Penn Center NHL District in the Gullah/Geechee NHA. This is the first black school in the US (mid 1800s). We strolled around very pretty grounds with live oak/magnolias and observed the different buildings (houses, church, etc.). Another beautiful day and while there wasn’t a lot here we enjoyed it.

Penn School sign ...
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... and the school
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Mom by a small house ...
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... and a larger home
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Different style
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Interesting architecture
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Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area (Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia)

10/14/2010 ... then headed north hitting the Journey Through Hallowed Ground Byway for JTHG NHA sites, first stopping at Cedar Mountain Battlefield. There was lots of different signage here including the classic Civil War explanatory plaques telling about Stonewall Jackson, Pope and the battle. Continued up the road to Culpeper and the Culpeper National Cemetery. I expected old stuff here but only found modern headstones like Dad’s. Went a bit more to Graffiti House at Brandy Station which housed both Union and Confederate injured from the battle of Brandy Station where they wrote stuff on the walls (hence the name). This is now an information center but was closed. We headed back just a bit for a road-side marker (one of very many in the area) about the Battle of Brandy Station.

Cedar Mountain sign
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The battlefield
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Lots of interpretive signage!
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Me by a plaque
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Culpeper Cemetery sign
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The Cemetery
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Graffiti House sign ...
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... and the house
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Brandy Station battle info
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5/26/2016 The town of Frederick is in the Journey Through Hallowed Ground NHA.

Monacy National Battlefield, also in the JTHG NHA as well as an NHL.

Informative signage
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Frederick town view one, ...
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... two, ...
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... and three
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6/26/2018 Waterford Historic District (Waterford). Established around 1733, the entire village and surrounding countryside is noted for its well-preserved 18th and 19th-century character. This is in the Journey Through Hallowed Ground (JTHG) NHA. I drove through the narrow roads of the quaint town, stopping at the Waterford Mill and Catoctin Churchfor representative photos. From here I followed a route along the Washington Heritage Trail NSB into WV, with one NPS stop ... Jefferson County Courthouse in Charlestown. This is also in the JTHG NHA.

Entering Waterford
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The back of the mill ...
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... and the front
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Interpretive signage
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Catoctin Church
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Signage about ...
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Jefferson County Courthouse
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Another view
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Quinebaug and Shetucket Rivers Valley National Heritage Area (Connecticut, Massachusetts)

7/4/1999 Headed to Norwich and went to Yantic Falls/Indian Leap. This is where Uncas led the Mohegans against the Narragansett. Also went to the Indian Burial Ground with a monument to Uncas. These are in the Quinebaug and Shetucket Rivers Valley NHC.

Interpretive signage
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Upper Housatonic National Heritage Area (Connecticut, Massachusetts)

11/8/2007 Stopped at Beckley Furnace (East Canaan) in the Upper Housatonic NHA. This is the ruins of an old blast furnace with the “blast” being provided by a turbine driven by the nearby river. Very pretty area on a cold, crisp day. Checked out some of the interpretive signs and the river area, then back on the road south on 7. Crossed the Housatonic at Bull’s Bridge over a single-lane covered bridge. Parked nearby and walked back to the bridge and along the river which ran with nice rapids. Also a very pretty area. Walked back up the road and on a trail into the woods, first to a lookout platform over the gorge, then down a hiking trail.

Furnace sign
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A panorama of the furnace area
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Ken by the furnace
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Me by the waterfall
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Ken by the covered bridge ...
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... and me by the river
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A cool bridge
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