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  • Belle Grove Plantation

    The Belle Grove Collection has been established to commemorate the extraordinary history that is Belle Grove Plantation in Port Conway, Virginia. Belle Grove Plantation is the birthplace of our 4th President and "Father of the Constitution", James Madison.  As well as being the ancestral home of his mother, Nelly Conway Madison, who returned home to her parents Belle Grove Plantation to give birth to her first child, Founding Father and future President: James Madison, Belle Grove history is intertwined with that of Virginia from its colonial beginnings in 1668, through the Civil War where the Port Royal/Port Conway area saw constant movement of Union and Confederate Troops.   Although its Civil War history is...

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  • Turning Sandy Debris Into Art

    Posted on May 17, 2013 By Lauren Wanko NJ Today As Jersey Shore towns get rid of storm-damaged debris to make way for the new boardwalks, artist Roddy Wildeman uses that debris to create art. “The materials were just everywhere so I just grabbed whatever I could use,” Wildeman said. After Sandy, Wildeman began collecting everything from pieces of docks, benches, boardwalk planks and parts of homes and furniture. After the material is cleaned, cut, torched and designed in his Belmar studio, the debris is transformed into a Starburst. Wildeman, a former contractor, began creating these designs before the storm....

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  • Bulloch Hall, James Dunwody Bulloch and Teddy Roosevelt

    HPC has acquired a small quantity of both Osage Orange and Royal Paulownia wood removed from the Bulloch Hall, the childhood home of President Teddy Roosevelt mother as well as home to the Confederate Secret Service financier of covert naval operations James Dunwody Bulloch (James Dunwody Bulloch wrote the check that financed the proposed kidnapping of Abraham Lincoln, a kidnapping attempt that turned into the assassination). The Bullock family has a long history entwined with that of the Colonies and the founding of the United States, including Continental Congress representative from Georgia, Archibald Bulloch, Revolutionary War Captain - James Bulloch and...

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  • April 18, 2013 - Free Lance Star: by Cathy Jett

    A TREE WITH A HISTORY FALLS IN KING GEORGE ---- With a sharp crack and a ground-shaking thud, a massive mulberry tree crashed in front of James Madison’s birthplace in King George County on Wednesday. Matthew Tierney, owner of Mot’s Tree Service and a certified arborist, immediately brushed sawdust off its 4-foot-wide stump and began counting rings. “It’s 180 years old, maybe more,” he told Michelle Darnelle, who plans to open Belle Grove as a bed-and-breakfast by the end of May. “I’ll have a better idea when I make another cut.” Darnelle had hoped that the tree was around when...

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  • Welcome our new Friend and Contributor - Michelle Darnell and Belle Grove Plantation

    HPC welcomes our friend and blog contributor Michelle Darnell. Michelle and her husband Brett Darnell contacted the Historic Pen Company to help them repurpose some wood and materials as they begin a new chapter in their life, the conversion and operation of historic Belle Grove Plantation, birthplace of our 5th President James Madison, into a functioning bed and breakfast and a regular stop of historic places in Virginia. HPC, along with Michelle and Brett hope you will visit them virtually through their website, social media pages and Blog and in person when you travel through the great state of Virginia!...

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  • Union Prison Camp - "Hellmira" - 1864-1865

    The Historic Pen Company has just made available the first several pens in a series made from Elmira Prison, 1864-1865. Elmira Prison Camp, Elmira, NY - in use from July 6, 1864, until the fall of 1865, was dubbed "Hellmira" by its inmates. During the 15 months the site was used as a prisoner of war camp more than 12,100 Confederate soldiers were incarcerated there; of these, nearly 25% (2,963) died from a combination of malnutrition, continued exposure to harsh winter weather, disease from the poor sanitary conditions, and a lack of medical care. The camp's dead were prepared for burial and laid to...

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  • Teak Deck from the USS North Carolina acquired by History Salvaged

    History Salvaged is proud to announce the acquisition of Teak Deck recently removed and replaced during preservation efforts of the USS North Carolina. History Salvaged will be producing a full compliment of hand made fine quality pens and possibly several other items from this historic wood that witnessed every major Pacific Theatre offensive of World War II. The USS North Carolina Collection is intended to recognize those who participated in the preservation of our way of life during WWII and to honor those who served aboard the hallowed deck of the North Carolina. Click Here to read some of the...

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  • HPC'S MASTER PEN MAKER, JOHN GRECO OUTDID HIMSELF - .50 Caliber Machine Gun Shell Pen

    John handcrafted a pen that is truly a witness to history. The shell of the bullet is a once-fired .50 caliber machine gun shell from one of the P47 Thunderbolt fighter planes that pilots used for their advanced fighter pilot training at the Millville, NJ Army Airfield in the 1940’s. The shell has a full, rich patina making the 70+ years it spent enduring the elements evident. It was recovered in 2007 by the Airfield Museum as they cleared the grounds of expended ordinance where a racetrack would be built. The ‘bullet’ was made from the barracks floorboards, removed during restoration...

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  • St. Peter's Church and award winning wood carver, Mark Bair

    Commemorating Philadelphia’s 250 year old landmark, The Historic Pen Company's commissions Award Winning Wood Carver, Mark Bair to give a second life to the St. Peter’s Church, historic Horse Chestnut Tree.  St. Peter’s Church in Philadelphia has a rich history tied to Colonial America and in the development of these United States and the Horse Chestnut that was removed in 2011 from the church grounds that witnessed the construction and the subsequent 250 years of Church and American history is living through the heirloom pens that HPC has produced for parishioners, history buffs and locals. With only 12 pieces of...

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