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Petition of William H. Gilpin in the Fugitive Slave Petition Book, 11/28/1851 Series: Fugitive Slave Record Book, 1850 - 1860. Record Group 21: Records of District Courts of the United States, 1685 - 2009 In this transcribed entry from the Fugitive Slave Record Book, William Gilpin requests permission of the court to seek out and recover his fugitive slaves: Hannah Paca, Henry Hawkins, Elen...

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Here’s a spellbinding shot of this week’s snow at Catoctin Mountain Park in Maryland. With 25 miles of hiking trails, popular trout fishing streams, great camping spots, horseback riding paths and beginner skiing areas, Catoctin is as fun as it is lovely. Photo by John Zuke, National Park Service.

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Abandoned house by wortenoggle on Flickr.

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