It’s probably hard to believe but the state of Virginia used to be just across the river from Marietta, Ohio. When the American Civil War was raging a portion of Virginia decided to leave the Confederacy and created the new Union-controlled state of West Virginia. It included a large slave-owning plantation owned by the Henderson Family. The Henderson’s were friends with several of the early US Presidents. One of their members was Archibald Henderson who became Commandant of the US Marine Corps and for whom Henderson Hall, The Marine Barracks in Washington DC is named. Amazingly the plantation remained in the Henderson Family until the 21st Century when it was handed over to a historic group that now manages the property. If you love history this house is filled with American artifacts and stories. and is well worth a trip. It’s just across the river.
This week we go back over twenty five years to a trip we took to Chatanooga, Tennessee. It was part of a series of One Tank Trips that we took all the way to Florida, showing viewers what we found along the way. Surprisingly, in 2017 many of the places we visited on that trip are still there. Prices change, but Lookout Mountain, where you can go above the clouds on America’s steepest incline railway, is still a major attraction. As is the hotel where the original Chatanooga Choo Choo can be seen and you can even spend the night sleeping in a real train car. It was one of my favorite trips back in the day and you can join me for the memories it offers by just clicking on the picture above.
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The Studebaker was a fixture on American highways for many years. It’s gone now, but still fondly remembered at a museum in the town where it was once built, South Bend, Indiana. We visited the museum in the mid 90’s and learned that while the car may have driven into history, the company went on. It’s this week’s Classic One Tank Trip.
We recently asked a question on Facebook. Would you like to spend a night at a romantic castle in Ohio? We had over a hundred people respond telling us what they would like. I have sifted through the stories we did over the last forty years and came up with a visit we made in the 1990’s to Ravenwood Castle in the Hocking Hills, southeast of Columbus. While it does not answer every dream you had, it comes pretty close. It is secluded, It was built as a castle. It has modern amenities, like whirlpool tubs and fireplaces. It’s located near one of Ohio’s most popular tourist destinations, the Hocking Hills. It has new owners now and they have made many improvements to the original castle, including a village of quaint cottages on the castle grounds that offer many amenities. If you like what you see in my story, go to the Ravenwood website for today’s pricing and some photos of the new attractions. Just go to www.ravenwoodcastle.com
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We are headed back in time to the year my friends, Eric and Julia Guggisberg opened their Swiss Inn in Charm, Ohio. The Inn has come very far in the last few years. They now have added a winery and developed one of the bigger horse farms in the Amish area.
It’s one of my favorite getaways for Valentine’s Day. The charm of the Inn and now, instead of an Amish sled, they have a real one-horse sleigh that dashes through the snow. It costs extra and, obviously, the prices have changed since we did the story. But it’s still one of my favorite Classic One Tank Trips.
Did you know that in nearby Michigan there is a place where you can spend a night in a home that would be familiar to historic Americans like Patrick Henry and Edgar Allen Poe, among others? Hidden away behind The Marriott-owned Dearborn Inn is a series of replicas of the homes of some famous Americans. The brainchild of Henry Ford, they were originally built to house visiting VIP guests to the sprawling Ford Headquarters. Today, they serve as luxury cottages for people wanting an unusual place to spend a night. (Rumor has it that one of Henry Ford’s sons used one of these cottages as a place to meet a famous girlfriend). If you are looking for some place that is really out of the ordinary for a Valentine’s Day getaway this might be just the place. It’s this week’s Classic One Tank Trip.
I love museums. Especially the unusual. This week’s Classic One Tank Trip travels back in time to Southwest Ohio and, at the time, one of the major African-American Museums in the country. No matter what your ethnicity I think you will find something interesting in this collection of American History. A reminder of a people and a struggle. It’ still there and well worth a One Tank Trip