Here are some of my favorite sources of information and inspiration:

Historic Sites and Sources:

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Baltimore Museum of Industry – see a working version of early gaslight and other treasures

Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Museum – fun and informative even for people who don’t care about trains. Those who do will find extremely knowledegable staff and volunteers

Belair Mansion – elegant house museum and stables depicting private occupation from 1747-1957.

Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Musuem – this museum is still in its infancy, but volunteers are working hard to share information about the life and times of this extraordinary man

Catonsville Historical Society -a treasure trove of local history with a variety of events scheduled throughout the year.

Ft. Frederick – built for action in the French and Indian War, but probably has seen more shots fired by reenactors. Lots of information in the museum and great living history events.

Gunston Hall – site with renowned workshops and a number of outstanding online resources including probate inventories.

Hays House – a delightful small house museum with a variety of historic programs and activities.

Henricus Historical Park – recreates the 1611 Citie of Henricus and gives you a sense of what Jamestown was actually like because it’s not overrun with tourists.

Jerusalem Mill Village– a beautiful 18th c. site in Gunpowder Falls State Park.  Living history interpreters are on hand every Sunday.

Maryland Historical Society – good interactive kids displays and an extensive library collection that is open to members

Maryland State Archives – the repository of state and county records and miscellaneous information

Open Hearth Cooking – Mercy Ingraham offers fabulous and fun instruction in the art of cooking over an open hearth.

Old Salem – a wonderful historic Moravian community with a vast array  of living history demonstrations

Riversdale Mansion – lovely and well-documented federal-style mansion and museum near Washington, DC.

Authors and Websites:

American Christian Fiction Writers – organization for readers and writers of inspirational fiction.

Beau Monde – writer’s organization centering on English culture during the Regency period.

Catherine Asaro – she creates alternate worlds with amazingly interesting social structures

Catonsville Times – I wrote the “At the Churches” column for this weekly newspaper for almost ten years.

Catonsville Web – Information about the history of and current events in my hometown.

Fort Frederick

Christie Kelley– page-turning romance stories — once I start, I can’t put them down.

Cindy Lynn Speer – entertaining blog, intriguing books and informative guest interviews.

Colonial Sense – excellent clearinghouse of information and merchandise related to the colonial and early Federal periods.

Eighteenth Century Women’s list – discussion of 18th century social history including clothing, manners, mores, status, condition, and more.


Fashion and Courtship in the Victorian Era – a collection of articles about cosmetics, courtship rituals and clothing during the reign of Queen Victoria (Thanks to Cynthia and Mia for suggesting it)

Famous Pirate Flags  by Gettysyburg Flag Works – brief descriptions of the lives of some of the best known Anglo pirates and links to many other sources of information on pirates (Thanks to a reader at the Laramie Public Library for suggesting it)

Historical Novel Society – a group for writers and fans of all types of historical fiction.

History Undressed – a fun site with amusing historical facts from many times and places.

Janet Mullany – historical romance with refreshingly accurate settings and and hysterically funny characters.

Kangaroo Kids – They perform and teach amazing jump rope skills for fun, fitness and competition. This was my daughter’s sport and has now become mine, too.

Kate Poole – beautifully written stories with evocative period flavor (and hunky Scottish heroes).

Kathy Love – contemporary and paranormal romances with characters that come to life and stories that (trite, but true) make me laugh and cry.

K.D. Hays – the site for my alter ego, geared toward contemporary Christian fiction and children’s books.

Literary Liaisons – website devoted to research for historical romances with articles, bibliographies and links.

The Gun Shop

Maryland Romance Writers – organization that supports and educates writers of romance and other commercial fiction.

Muzzleloader Magazine – a publication with well-researched articles on 18th and early 19th century frontier life.

Nancy Weeks – an author who has reached out to share the stories of people from all walks of life as they strive to follow their dreams.

No Quarter Given – a publication for aficionados of pirate history.

Old and Interesting – a great source of documented information on all types of household stuff and its usage.

Pirates and Privateers – information and links to all things pirate.

Risky Regencies – fun, thought-proviking posts from writers with an excellent understanding of history who aren’t afraid to lampoon the past.

Romance Writers of America – organization to support and promote writers of romantic fiction.