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The Ritchey Mansion in Newtonia, Missouri, is a treasure! This Civil War-era home is a great artifact in the area. And its paranormal happenings make it all the better. One of our favorite things to do when traveling is to take a ghost tour. You’ll get a dose of history with some spooky on the side. It’s also a great thing to do in the evenings when most historic sites have long been closed for the day. We’ve also discovered the joy of seeking out ghost tours in our area.  We’ve been following Paranormal Science Lab and Dark Ozarks, and they coordinate tours and paranormal investigations of local (to us) historic sites. The proceeds of these tours go to the maintenance and restoration of these sites, so it’s a no-brainer for us. We get to contribute to preserving history while visiting a cool site, known for paranormal activity, as an…

Things to Do in Gettysburg Gettysburg is just one of those great historic places that we’ve been wanting to experience for a long time.  We wanted, of course, to learn more about the battle, but we also wanted to make some family memories together.  It’s important for my daughter to learn about the events that shaped our nation, even if she is only seven-years-old.  Though the events in Gettysburg were tragic, I wanted her to have a basic understanding of what happened along with doing some family-friendly activities.  We spent four nights in Gettysburg, but I think you could easily do a shorter trip or spend more time here.  We spent most of our evenings watching the sunset over the battlefield.  Here are our recommendations after experiencing Gettysburg. Take a Tour of the Battlefield We took a tour with the Association of Licensed Battlefield Guides, and it was fantastic! This…

When my husband and I started planning our trip to Gettysburg, we were pretty clueless.  We’d never been there, and I had no idea what to expect.  Jeff at least had seen the film Gettysburg with its all-star cast including Tom Beringer and Martin Sheen.  I basically knew it was a heartbreaking battle with many casualties.  Oh, and President Lincoln gave a little speech there.  As we were planning, I started hearing about people who had used Licensed Battlefield Guides to tour Gettysburg.  I was intrigued for a couple of reasons.  1.  The guide actually gets in the driver’s seat of your own car and drives you around. 2.  The price for this more individualized tour cost less for our family than the bus tours I had seen.  It seemed like a no-brainer to hire a guide! Before the Trip We read that we should have reservations, so as soon as we…

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