Christmas Day 1776

It was Christmas Day 1776…the first Christmas for the young United States of America.  If not for the bravery of General Washington and his men…it might have been the only Christmas the new nation celebrated…

A Pivotol Point in the Revolution

On Christmas Eve 1776…a general and his men did not prepare for a meal or gift giving…but rather they prepared ammunition, supplies and boats for a pivotal point in the Revolution…

Crossing An Icy River on Christmas

It’s one of the most famous battles of the American Revolution…and it all began with the crossing of an icy river at Christmas…

The Only Noel

At Christmas we may sing, “The First Noel.”  In the United States, this is the “Only Noel….”

Caroling in a Unique Venue

Around Christmas you’re sure to hear Christmas carolers.  But we doubt you’ve ever heard caroling performed in this venue…

A Place To See at Christmastime

It’s one of those places you love to see at Christmas.  The century old building with its magnificent architecture plays host to many holiday events and serve as the background of many a photo

Raising Corn In A Swamp

You might not think of a swamp as the best place to grow a corn crop.  But here is was the perfect place for a peculiar operation…

The World Series That Wasn’t the World Series

It was a world series, that wasn’t the real world series.  Then again, maybe it was, for the biggest names in baseball were a part of a contest that drew a lot of attention…

A Well-Known Craft in the US Navy

It was one American president and his connection to one particular ship that made this a well known craft in the U.S. navy.  It’s still and important boat built here

Living In a Chicken Coop

Sometimes cities grow so quickly, it’s hard for people to find a place to live.  Here the rush was so great, some began living in chicken coops just to have a roof over their head…

A Tour of Naval Vessels New and Old

If you drive to this town, you’re likely to see many vessels, both new and old, from the U.S. Navy.  The reason for that goes back over a century…

The Denver Sleigh Works

Santa needs a sleigh to make deliveries around the world. This man makes sure he will never run out of transportation…

The Edmund Fitzgerald

If not for a song, this tragedy could have been forgotten by many.  However, when you hear the lyrics you’ll immediately know the tale of a ship and her crew…

Shelter In A Storm

A harbor is not only a place to load and unload cargo, but it can provide shelter in the face of a storm.  But that’s the problem, there just aren’t any safe harbors here and that makes this a particularly treacherous place to sail…

A Museum Devoted to Wrecks

If you don’t slow down, you might have a wreck.  Here, if you don’t slow down, heed the weather, the fog, the gale force winds and much more…well, you’ll be lucky if you don’t eventually have a wreck.  Many have and that’s why there’s a museum devoted to the subject…

Exploring the Ships Around the Soo Locks

If you venture to Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, you may go to see the Soo Locks.  Some folks also want the experience of climbing on board one of the big ships that pass thru that waterway and for that, they may come here…

Valley Camp

It’s called the Valley Camp, and no it’s not a campground and no it’s not in a valley.  But that’s the name and it’s one of the biggest draws here…

The Oldest City in Michigan

What is the oldest city in Michigan?  We’ll give you a moment to ponder the answer and the founder and then return…

Don’t Break My Heart

You probably either loved it or hated it – the song Achy, Breaky Heart.  It was a song that Don Von Tress thought was pretty good, but he could have never imagined how far it would go…

The Song With Roots in the Drive Thru

It all began in the drive thru line at Hardee’s.  That was the place that inspired one of the most well-known songs in country music…