School is well back into the swing of things and has got us thinking about our American history. Brush up on yours with these scenic shots from the Journey Through Hallowed Ground, a National Heritage Area running from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, through Maryland and West Virginia, to Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello in Charlottesville, Virginia. The historical land, stretching 180 miles long and 75 miles wide, includes nine presidential homes and birthplaces, more than 10,000 sites on the National Register of Historic Places, and sites from the Revolutionary War, French-Indian War, War of 1812, and the Civil War.
This historic region is home to not only beautiful homes, charming towns, and battlefields, but also 13 of the nation’s 400 national parks. Now, adding to that greenery, as a living tribute to the 620,000 Americans who died during the Civil War, the nonprofit Living Legacy Tree Planting Project will plant 620,000 trees along the National Scenic Byway, commemorating the lives lost from both armies.
Check out the views we’ve captured from this hallowed ground over the years.