Fall in the Linville Gorge

Stephen and I with several others went backpack camping in the Linville Gorge this past week. We went to Hawksbill Mountain, and down to the river via the Devil's Hole Trail. Here's a few pictures from our trip:

Mist on Hawksbill

The camping group

Looking from Hawksbill towards Table Rock

Massachusetts Tour Video

Massachusetts Horn Tour 2015 from Joshua Horn on Vimeo.

Massachusetts Tour Day 6: Adams Family

On our final day of touring we studied the Adams family - John, Abigail and their son John Quincy. We visited the presidential birthplaces, just a few dozen feet apart, and saw the Unitarian Church that they attended.

John Adams
The Adams' home
John Adams Birthplace
The Church

John Quincy Adam's pew
Tour Closing Lunch

Massachusetts Tour Day 5: Saratoga

On Friday we drove out to upstate New York, stopping along the way at Springfield Armory and the Battle of Bennington Monument in Vermont. Our last stop was at the beautiful and critical battlefield of Saratoga, where an entire British army surrendered to the Continental troops.

Springfield Armory

Vermont countryside
Bennington Monument
John Stark at Bennington

The tour group
Inside Benedict Arnold's Headquarters at Saratoga

Bus ride

Massachusetts Tour Day 4: Bunker Hill and USS Constitution

On Day Four we started out at the Bunker Hill Monument, then visited the Massachusetts State House. We saw Washington's Headquarters, which was later owned by the poet Longfellow, and finished up at the USS Constitution, which is in drydocks for the next few years undergoing repairs.
Bunker Hill Monument

State House
Musket used by John Parker at the Battle of Lexington

Washington's Headquarters/Longfellow House
The stairs used by George Washington
USS Constitution

Massachusetts Tour Day 3: Lexington and Concord

We started out our third day of touring by heading back to Boston, to see Paul Revere's House and the Old North Church, where the famous signal lights were hung. We then went to Lexington and Concord where the militia rallied to defeat the Redcoats.

Paul Revere and the Old North Church
Paul Revere House

Inside the Munroe Tavern, where militia waited for the Regulars to arrive
Clarke House in Lexington, where John Hancock and Samuel Adams stayed just before the battle

Original plank of Concord's North Bridge

Reenactment at the North Bridge

Massachusetts Tour Day 2: Boston

On the next day of the tour we saw many of the sites along Boston's Freedom Trail, including the Old State House, the Old South Church, and several graveyards. 

Copp's Hill
Reportedly, the marks are bullet holes from the British using the gravestone for target practice
Speaking at Faneuil Hall

Old South Meeting House

The flag which led the way throughout the day