In Hiking through History Pennsylvania, you can hike where George Washington suffered his first humiliating defeat as a military commander as well as the grounds where, over the course of a winter, he molded what would become a victorious army. Or you can walk the battlefield that not only turned the tide of the Civil War, but spawned one of the most famous speeches in American history. Or walk where the world’s first commercial oil well was drilled. There’s all that and more to explore. Hiking Through History Pennsylvania profiles 40 hikes focusing on the state’s military, industrial, natural and conservation history. Tragedies, some intentional, some not, are explored, too. Whether you’re a curious tourist or a local history buff, this is a comprehensive guidebook to the area’s natural and human history.
Bob Frye is a lifelong outdoorsman and resident of southwestern Pennsylvania, so he's spent decades roaming the woods and fields covered in this book.
Frye is by training a journalist, too, having worked as a full time writer for nearly two decades. Currently the full-time outdoors editor for the Tribune-Review newspaper in Pittsburgh, he has also written for a variety of local, regional and national outdoor magazines, as well as more general interest publications. His work has won awards from the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association, Associated Press Managing Editors, and Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association.
Frye is also the author of "Deer Wars: Science, Tradition and the Battle Over Managing Whitetails in Pennsylvania," a 300-page book looking at the relationship between white-tailed deer and Pennsylvania's forests and people.
He's been interviewed on numerous radio and TV stations to talk about that book and the outdoors in general, too.
Frye currently lives in North Huntingdon, PA, about 40 minutes east of Pittsburgh.