After these detailed map pages, the book has stories of the road: history that happened on it, quirky museums worth a visit and Americana trivia.. Did you know that you can read George Washington’s diaries at the Collingwood Library in Alexandria VA? Kids getting fussy? Let them blow off some steam in Mr. Mark's Fun Park in Florence, SC or at Stepping Stones Museum in Norwalk, CT.
Even gassing up can be a gas if you call ahead and then stop at Crazy D’s All American Fireworks and El Cheapo Gas Station. Here in Hardeeville, SC “Honey the Money Dog” will collect your money when you gas up.
At the “Modern Diner”, opened in 1941 in Providence RI, you can enjoy their schizophrenic menu - the oldsters can still have their classic “Jimmie Gimme” (2 poached eggs on an English muffin with sliced tomatoes, melted cheese and bacon) while the boomers trek in for the modern twist on it: “Eggs St Nick” (2 poached eggs with fried onions and leeks set in a potato skin).
You can actually stop and smell the roses at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden at Exit 83B in VA where they can enjoy 82 magnificent acres and more kinds of gardens than you ever knew existed. A piece of I-95 Trivia: the land was once owned by patriot Patrick Henry.
Speaking of patriots, George Washington slept in many places, but he lived in Fredericksburg VA from the age of 6 to 16. Just a cannon-shot from I-95, you can visit his mom’s house, his brother’s tavern and enjoy strolling a 40 square block “Old Town” with more than 350 18th and 19th century houses and a lively main street still filled with locally owned businesses. Sure beats passing the night away watching the boob tube.
But if you are dedicated to chain motels, why not look for the deals? There’s a Comfort Inn at Exit 49 in NC where you can get a free car wash with a night’s stay - and - a free hot breakfast. Pet lovers will enjoy the comradery of the other pet owners in the pet wing of this traveler-friendly motel.
Many inventions were created right on I-95. Eli Whitney, a graduate of Yale, was on a ship heading South when he happened to meet Catharine Greene, widow of George Washington’s right-hand man General Nathaniel Greene. Catharine was running a plantation, and she invited Whitney back to tutor her children. After a couple of weeks there, Whitney thought up an amazing method of separating cotton, and thus invented the cotton gin.
Hamburgers and pizza were invented along this route too, both in Whitney’s home town of New Haven CT. At Louis’ Lunch, Louis Lassen was asked in 1900 for a meal on the run. He broiled some chopped beef on a vertical grill along with some bread. Today you can take a bite out of history with a burger cooked on that very same grill (they sure knew how to build them in those days!).
Frank Pepe of Pizzeria Napoletana started out as a baker, and eventually spread sauce on top of his bread. It is definitely worth a detour onto Wooster St. in Little Italy for some of the best pizza and Italian food in the U.S. Don’t forget to waddle down the street to Lucille’s for dessert to decide amongst the 16 flavors of canolis.
You will be surprised to learn that food along I-95 is not homogenous and you can taste regional treats as you drive along: New York system wieners, coffee cabinets, fried clams, cheesesteaks, fudgey Berger's cookies, Maryland crab cakes, Brunswick stew, she-crab soup, Southern BBQ, goo goo clusters, grits, toasted pecans, fried green tomatoes, hush puppies, red velvet cake, boiled peanuts, rock shrimp, sweet tea, alligator nuggets and dirty clothes.
At the back of the book there are informative charts to help you locate auto mechanics, golf courses, campgrounds, independent motels and B&B's plus expense sheets, a place to make notes and a recipe to bring home a taste of your trip.
Bet you remember fondly those road trips you took when you were a kid. Well, road trips are back again, because by traveling in the security of your own car and visiting small town America, you can bring back the way America used to be and the way you would like it to be again.
Mark Sedenquist of RoadTripAmerica says, “If you are one of those millions of travelers who traverse sections of I-95 each year, Drive I-95 is one book you should keep in easy reach. Grab a copy, adjust your mirrors, hit the road, and go have an adventure!"
of a thousand miles begins with one step." Lao-Tze, the Simple Way
Our thanks, of course, go to Dave and Kathy Hunter,
who nudged us to take that first step on our long journey. Stan the actuary has calculated that this
info-guide consists of 7,273 items in our map data base covering 553 exits, 1,469 miles, 458 stories,
128 photos, 45 drawings and 2 very tired authors.
We could not possible have taken all those
figures and turned them into a book by ourselves. By the end of our year, we had help from more
people then we ever imagined.We are honored to show off the sum of your work.
Backstage crew: Marla Stermer, Gerry Gatien, Sarah Bellefontaine, Brandon Posner, Stuart Nulman, Taketomo
and Marcus families, Nancy and Eddie Chin, Flo Phillips, Bea and
Burt Dermer, Rose and Ben Wald
Industry Help: PMA (The Independent Publishers' Association), the incredible organization where we took
courses to learn about the book publishing industry in the U.S.; SPAN newsletters; Dan Poynter The Self-Publishing Manual :Leila Albala, Illegally Easy Halloween Costumes; Margaret Goldick,
AELAQ; Gail and Ilan Hofmann; Kelly Monaghan, The Intrepid Traveler;
Sharon Castlen, Integrated Book Marketing;
Sam Spiegel, Partners Book
Distributing; Kate and Doug Bandos, KSB Promotions; Evelyn Hannon, www.journeywoman.com
A Tip of our Hats to the States:New England Tourism: Manny Witt, Lisa Witt; RI Mark Brodeur, Meghan O'Connor;
BlackstoneValley: Bob Billington,
; CT Coastal Fairfield: Sue Henrique; New Haven: Rennie Loisel; Connecticut East: Eliza Cole; River Valley: Diane Moore ; NY Westchester County: Traci L. Suppa; NJ Phyllis Oppenheimer; Princeton: Kristin Appelget; Camden Waterfront: John Seitter, Carmen Gonzalez; South Jersey: Judi London; Burlington County: Darlene A. Scocca; DE Nikki Boone; Wilmington: J. Harry Feldman; MD Camila Clark, Johanna Colburn, Margie Long; Cecil County: Sandy Maruchi-Turner; Prince George County: Matt Neitzey; Montgomery County: Kelly Groff; Harford County: Diane Molner; VA Julia Scott; Alexandria: Laura Overstreet, Steve Zimmerman; Fairfax County: Jackie Franchi, Arnie Quirion; Prince William County: Esther Turner, Sudah Kamath; Fredericksburg: David Holder, Karen Hedelt; Ashland: Donna Baxter; Richmond: Janene Charbeneau; NC Christine Mackey, Cynthia Ferguson; Halifax County: Lori Medlin, Christina Gordon, Susan Clements; Nash County: Martha Lamm; Johnston County: Donna Bailey-Taylor, Angie Abrams; Wilson: Sandra Homes; Fayetteville: Melody Foote, John Meroski; Lumberton: Mary Taylor; SC Dawn M. Dawson-House, Genia Crosby; Santee-Cooper Country: Joanie Schneider; Florence: Holly Young; Lowcountry: Lois Brady, Jim Wescott; Hardeeville: June Smith;GA Carey Ferrara; Brunswick: Patrick Saylor; Kingsland: Tonya Rosado; McIntosh County: Scottie Lingerfelt; Savannah: Erica Backus; FL Tom Flanigan, Henny Groenendijk, Paul Kayemba; Jacksonville: Carrie McLean, Jennifer McFee; Space Coast: Tom Bartosek; Palm Coast, St Augustine: Jay Humphreys, Barbara Golden; New Smyrna Beach: Deborah Boyd; Martin County: Terri Monaghan; Port Saint Lusie: Odaly Victorio; Daytona Beach: Tangela Boyd, Georgia Turner; Fort Lauderdale: Fernando Harb; Miami: Michelle Revuelta, Jennifer Haz.