“It takes a certain kind of man to walk several hundred miles in winter over mountains and through wilderness with no roads; to know where he’s going; to repair wagons, build boats, and make his way down (and up!) rivers in different seasons; to make and acquire provisions, stay healthy, bear illness, design and construct shelters; to clear forests, plant and harvest crops; and, at long last, to establish laws, start libraries, and found universities in the middle of nowhere.”


When you visit the historic Mound Cemetery in Marietta, Ohio, the guidebook informs you that, in addition to the ancient burial mound, the cemetery “contains more Revolutionary War officers’ graves than any other graveyard in the United States.”