The Historic Blenheim House

The Historic Blenheim House was constructed in 1859, shortly after another home on that same property had burned down. During the United States Civil War both the Confederacy and the Union occupies the home.

The Blenheim House is one of the multiple locations where soldiers drew art on the walls and is party of the “Civil War Graffiti Trails”. A replica of the Union Solider graffiti art, in the ceiling of the Blenheim House, is in the visitors center.

Author’s Note:

On October 6, 2020 author Philip Andrew Hamilton got to meet one of the members of a citizen committee who helped convince the City of Fairfax to preserve the Blenheim House as a historical home, rather than converting it to a nursing home.


Slab City – The Most Unique Unincorporated Town In The United States

The site of the town “Slab City” is located on the former Durlap Army Camp that was utilized as a training facility for soldiers during World War II. After the Army removed the buildings, concrete slabs remained and many homeless from the railroad intersection nearby moved to live there. Over the decades, the town has had art installations, such as “Salvation Mountain”, added to the residents built there.


The Pyramid Lake Museum

On August 26, 1998, the Pyramid Lake Museum first opened to the public.

The Pyramid Lake Museum is located next to the largest desert lake in the world within the Pyramid Lake Paiute Reservation.

The museum exhibits a Paiute Native American story about how the Pyramid Lake formed.

The museum has various photographs of the geography of the lake itself.

The Pyramid Lake Wars forced the Paiute Natives into reservations after they lost the Second Battle of Pyramid Lake.

Hundreds of natives had died while moving to reservations in Oregon and Washington during the wintertime.

In addition, the museum has an exhibit on the Ranch Rock festivals that occurred on Pyramid Lake in the 1980s and the Burning Man festival, after it moved from Baker Beach, California to Nevada.


San Jose, California Established As The First Capital For The State Of California

In 1849, the California State delegation in Monterey, where the former Mexican capital of California was, established the city of San José as the first capital of the state of California. After he capital was moved to Vallejo, Benicia and to Sacramento the former San José Capital Building was abandoned and eventually demolished.

In 1923, the Native Sons of the Golden West placed a plaque in a park where the capital building once stood.

The State Capital Building in Benicia is the only former state capital building that presently exists.


Febuary 1, 1861 – Texas Becomes The Seventh State To Secede From The United States

Texas, an area involved in the Mexican War for Independent From 1810 to 1821, the Texan Independence Movement from Mexico in 1836, which allowed the Providence to become its own country, and a mere sixteen years after becoming a state, decided to revolt again by seceding from the United States on Febuary 1, 1861.

Photograph of Sam Houston.

Texas joined the Confederate States on March 2, 1861, after it replaced its governor, San Houston, who wanted to remain with the union and refused to take an oath of allegiance to the Confederacy.


“The Peace Be Still” – Statue In Honor Of The 1963 Palm Sunday March In Birmingham, Alabama

“The Peace Be Still” statue was erected in Birmingham, Alabama to honor the Palm Sunday March held by Rev. N. H. Smith, Rev. John T. Porter, and Rev. A. D. King to support Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth and Rev. Ralph Abernathy when they were jailed for protesting segregation in Birmingham. The pastors led the march from St. Paul United Methodist Church down to 6th Avenue North.


The Belle Grove Plantation – The Birthplace Of President James Madison

On March 16, 1751, President James Madison was born at the Belle Grove Plantation in a set of lands that would later come part of the town of Port Conway, Virginia.

Painting of President James Madison.

James Madison’s mother Eleanor Rose Conway Madison, whom also went by Nellie Conway Madison, was also born at the Belle Grove Plantation.

Painting of Eleanor Rose “Nellie” Conway Madison.

Presently, there is a historical marker indicating the birthplace of James Madison, near the Belle Grove Plantation.