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A Busload from Yale

from Chris
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Last week, we had a little “old New England” come to Stevenson Ridge: a busload of alumni from Yale University. The Yale alumni group was following the Overland Campaign with historian Brian Matthew Jordan (a Yale alum himself). Brian was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in history in 2016 for his excellent book Marching Home: Union Veterans and Their Unending Civil War.

Brian also works with me as co-editor of Emerging Civil War’s forthcoming book series with …


Summer-Themed Centerpieces

summer-themed centerpiecefrom Elizabeth

Summer is almost officially here, so when I recently came across this picture on Instagram, I thought it was perfect to share with our followers!

This fun and colorful centerpiece will be perfect for any summer party you’re throwing. It will add something special to your summer festivities that your inner child will enjoy but will also be classy at the same time.

The sprinkles in the vase are perfect, but more options you could consider would be …


Look Closer!

from Chris

While walking the trails Thursday afternoon, I happened to stop and take a closer look at a small tree growing next to the trail. It looked as though it had been struggling mightily beneath the shaded canopy to grab what sunlight it could from the much, much taller trees that stood nearby.Luna 01

As I was about to resume my walk, though, I had to do a double-take: there, hanging from one of the branches as though it were …



Friday, June 2 is National Donut Day!

We’ve heard word that both Paul’s Bakery and Duck Donuts are both celebrating with specials. Perhaps others are, too–check your favorite local bakery to see what they’re doing to celebrate!

To quote the greatest sage of our time when it comes to all donut-related things, Homer Simpson: “Mmmmmmmm, donuts.”…


Tickets Still Available for the Fourth Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium at Stevenson Ridge!

Cannon SR LodgeDetails are shaping up for the Fourth Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium at Stevenson Ridge, which will be held August 4-6. Our theme this year is “Great Defenses of the Civil War,” and for the first time ever, we’ll be holding the entire event in the Lodge (because we’ve outgrown the Riddick House). Tickets are only $125 and include a whole slew of things, including this amazing line-up of Emerging Civil War speakers: …


Crafting with a Cricut

afternoon snack glassFrom Elizabeth

I have to say, I’m obsessed! My sister in-law purchased her Cricut a couple months ago, and it has been exciting and dangerous with all the crafts and personalizing we can do! I think over the last couple of months, we have cut vinyl for 15 wine glasses, 4 water bottles, 2 onesies, and 1 bathing suit for a bachelorette party in Miami, plus we’ve personalized a mail organizer and a jewelry box. My most recent project has …



Mother’s Day is A-Comin’

Mother's Dayfrom Elizabeth

Mother’s Day is right around the corner. With a busy schedule at work over the past few weeks, I’m trying to get ahead of the game and plan Mother’s Day with my mom. Last year, we went to the Fredericksburg Expo Center for their Mother’s Day Brunch. For $35 per person, we had a large selection of food to enjoy plus mimosas. This year, the Fredericksburg Expo Center has brunch times scheduled for 9am, 11am, and 1pm. Most …


The Civil War Comes to Stevenson Ridge

Traces of the Bloody Struggle-coverfrom Chris

The anniversary of the battle of Spotsylvania is this week. The battle opened on May 8, 1864, along the Brock Road. Today, the entrance to the national battlefield sits in the area where the battle opened.

A day later, May 9, 18634, the battle came to the area today known as Stevenson Ridge. Union infantry stormed across the Ny River and swept up the hill, making it almost into the Court House itself before stout Confederate resistance stopped …