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    Re: Best historical site you've ever visited....

    Oh, and as for the subject of the thread, my most memorable place was the site of the Oklahoma City bombing. I was there not too long after the public was first allowed onto the site, when all the stuffed animals, photos, toys, and other stuff filled the chain link fence that surrounded the site.

    The rubble was still around and the street was still stained and blackened. It was a surreal experience, and as I drove away and got about ten minutes away, I realized that major life experience had just occurred. I turned around and went back and stayed another hour or longer, just standing there taking it in and trying realize what had happened on the very spot I was standing.

    Other than that, I guess it would be all the stuff in DC.

    Want to go to Dealy Plaza in Dallas, the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, among other places.

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    Re: Best historical site you've ever visited....

    mine would be visiting the 38th parallel in Korea, it is truly amazing and heart wrenching to think that on the other side of that fence, is people are ruled by literally an evil dictator.
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    Re: Best historical site you've ever visited....

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    The Newport Travelodge.

    I stayed there for all the 1990 playoff games and WS.

    It was a dump back then to.
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    I had the opportunity to spend a few weeks singing at Wells Cathedral in western England. It was humbling spending time in a building that old and in a region with so much fascinating history.

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    Re: Best historical site you've ever visited....

    Quote Originally Posted by RedsManRick View Post
    - Gettysburg battlefield in PA
    - Colonial Williamsburg in VA (had some tasty peanut soup there!)
    - Paul Revere's house in Boston
    - French Quarter (East of Bourbon St.) in New Orleans
    I've done that part of RedsManRick's list.
    Colonial Williamsburg tops my list, in part because of the variety of experiences you can have there. The interaction with "living history" actors gives you insight into what it would have been to have lived in Williamsburg 240 years ago, as a shopkeeper, a slave, a lawyer, an indentured servant, a widow, or just about any other position in colonial society. I have "participated" in the Stamp Tax debates in the House of Burgesses, helped try an alleged witch, tried colonial dances, and questioned "Patrick Henry." Oh, yes the peanut soup at the Kings Arms is good, but I really like the sweet potato muffins at Christiana Campbell's Tavern.
    I love the Freedom Trail in Boston, I enjoyed the French Quarter, but Gettysburg is not my favorite Civil War battlefield. I actually have preferred Antietam, Manassas, and Stones River, all of which were less crowded (one of my partners totally disagrees with me).
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    Re: Best historical site you've ever visited....

    Quote Originally Posted by RedsBaron View Post
    I love the Freedom Trail in Boston, I enjoyed the French Quarter, but Gettysburg is not my favorite Civil War battlefield. I actually have preferred Antietam, Manassas, and Stones River, all of which were less crowded (one of my partners totally disagrees with me).
    Fredricksburg is by far the most moving battlefield I've ever visited. Standing in front of the stone wall was overwhelming.

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    Re: Best historical site you've ever visited....

    Arlington National Cemetary always gets to me.

    Shiloh is my favorite Civil War site to visit. Go on the anniversary of the battle itself. Go early in the morning, right at daybreak, when the battle began. It's eerie.

    Visited Dachau and Aushwitz. Not enjoyable, but necessary.

    But #1 on my list is the beaches at Normandy and the cemetary there.
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    Re: Best historical site you've ever visited....

    Westminster Abbey (London, UK)
    Ground Zero (NYC, NY)
    Dealey Plaza (Dallas, TX)
    Bermuda Triangle (Atlantic Ocean)
    St. Patrick's Cathedral (NYC, NY)
    Appomattox Court House (Appomattox, VA)
    Independence Hall/Liberty Bell (Philadelphia, PA)
    Grand Central Station (NYC, NY)
    Fort Augustine (St. Augustine, FL)
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    Re: Best historical site you've ever visited....

    Seeing the Peterson House bed that Abraham Lincoln died in across the street from Ford's Theater gave me chills.

    As well as seeing the oil bubble up from the USS Arizona in Pearl Harbor.

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    Re: Best historical site you've ever visited....

    Some more places:

    The Hoover Dam Really an engineering masterpiece
    Arlington National Cemetery
    Independence Hall
    Rome
    Athens
    Washington DC Monuments
    Mt Vernon
    Monticello
    Big Ben, Parliament ....... Big Ben, Parliament
    The Alamo (much smaller than expected)
    Gettysburg
    Independence Hall

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    Re: Best historical site you've ever visited....

    Stonehenge, where the banshees lived and they lived well...

    Not really a "place" but in Regensburg, Germany, there's a little town square with buildings from the 13th-14th century (can't remember, let's say "old") and the buildings had statues overlooking the square that had fallen into disrepair. Anyhow, I was staying with a buddy of mine and his wife had some sort of connection to get these statues repaired by artists from Romania. We went to visit the artists in their studio one evening and got to see the statues up close.

    Oh, and we drink a ton of Romanian moonshine which tastes like whatever you thought of when you read the words "Romanian moonshine." The details of the rest of the evening are very hazy other than remembering a lot of translating from Romanian to German to English and back and a fantasticly profane Romanian curse!
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    Re: Best historical site you've ever visited....

    Other than that:

    The temples in Kyoto, Japan
    The bar where Jobim wrote "The Girl from Ipanema," Rio
    The "Highlander Castle" on Loch Ness, Scotland
    Old Stanhope Hall in Durham, England
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    Re: Best historical site you've ever visited....

    I need to revise my list and add Pearl Harbor & Arlington National Cemetary.

    Those two places are powerful beyond words.

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    Re: Best historical site you've ever visited....

    Wounded Knee, just a bleak tale.

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    Re: Best historical site you've ever visited....

    The Colosseum
    The Pantheon
    Beaches of Normandy
    Arlington National
    Pearl Harbor
    Dachau Concentration Camp


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