The list has the usual places -With the Fourth of July less than a week away, Clint Johnson, author of Colonial America and the AmericanRevolution: The 25 Best Sites, shares with Buzzy Gordon for USA TODAY his choices of historic places best suited for contemplating the significance of our nation's struggle for independence. "These Colonial sites, from New England in the north to the Carolinas in the south and even the Midwestern frontier, evoke the sacrifices of those who fought in the defense of liberty," Johnson says.
Independence Hall - Philadelphia
House of Burgesses - Williamsburg, VA
Concord Bridge - Mass (in the printed paper but not on line)
Ones that I find refreshing to mention (possibly by Gedunker too)
Morristown National Historical Park - NJ
George Rogers Clark National Memorial - Vincennes, IN."Although Valley Forge gets all the glory, Washington's army's winter camp here in 1779-80 was arguably even a greater testament to his soldiers' loyalty and sacrifice," Johnson says. "The snow was yards deep, and sentries froze to death while standing guard in subzero weather. Visit Morristown on Independence Day, but return in the dead of winter to experience briefly the chill that tried men's souls." 973-539-2016; nps.gov/morr
What other places do you think of beyond the popular/known/highlighted ?The murals here dramatically tell the story of 170 Virginians and Kentuckians who marched for weeks — sometimes through freezing, chest-deep water — to capture Fort Sackville in the Northwest Territories from the British in February 1779. When the Treaty of Paris ending the war was signed in 1783, England ceded what became the American Midwest. "Finding Revolutionary War history so far from the main theaters of battle lends special significance to this place," Johnson says. 812-882-1776, ext. 110; nps.gov/gero