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At Arcadia, we believe you can never get enough history. That’s why we have this online blog, where we share unique American history stories, author features, and even some previews of our newest books. Join the community of history buffs here at Arcadia Publishing, and explore even more of American history today!
​America’s Largest Home: History of Biltmore Estate
Grand estates conjure up romantic images of ornate architecture, garden parties, lavish balls, and perfectly manicured gardens. The Biltmore Estate in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Asheville, North Carolina is no exception. Encompassing a total area of...
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The Bayou City's Cruiser
How could a history of a cruiser, even one named for Houston, be part of local Houston history? US cities have had US Navy warships named after them almost as long as there has been a United States Navy; from the frigate Boston in 1799 through the newly commissioning littoral combat ship Little Rock this year. 
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Five Ways to Savor Oysters Like a Pro
An oyster’s flavor can vary greatly depending on the environment where it was grown. Even oysters of the same species can have a remarkable range of flavors, and the best way to explore the incredible array of oysters is to compare and contrast
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8 National Parks to Visit to Enjoy the Fall Foliage
If you didn’t quite manage to visit all the national parks you wanted to see this year before summer came to an end, we have excellent news for you. Fall is actually one of the best times of year to see these iconic places in all their glory. Not only is the oppressive summer heat a thing of the past for now, but this is the ideal time to see the foliage of fall at its very best.
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Mobile Under Siege: Surviving the Union Blockade
Mobile, Alabama has always been a uniquely Southern city. From August 1864 to April 1865, the people who lived in Mobile and their stories and experiences in one of the most turbulent times in the city’s existence. This is the time during and after the Battle of Mobile Bay to the surrender of the city to Union forces on April 12, 1865.
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Ghost Hunter’s Guide to Haunted Salem
We have a strange affinity for the unexplained – ghosts, spirits, and things that go bump in the night fascinate while also scaring the bejeezus out of us. Horror movies draw legions of fans anticipating shudders, screams, and outright terror. What if on screen becomes a reality?
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National Taco Day
It's National Taco Day here in the U.S. on October 4. To celebrate, we're sharing a story and a recipe from our book, Austin Breakfast Tacos: The Story of the Most Important Taco of the Day.
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This I Believe: Philadelphia
In Philadelphia, an idea was born more than 60 years ago – to ask citizens from all walks of life to write about and share the values that guide their daily lives. The idea grew from one radio station in Philadelphia into the international phenomenon This I Believe radio series.
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