British or Revolutionary?

Methodist, Baptist, Catholic, Lutheran…there are many labels that may be placed on churches.  However, during the early years of this church,http://www.nepatriotsjerseys.com the label was either “British” or “Revolutionary” and those who stepped inside the building were most likely not going to hear a sermon…

St. Paul’s Church

Just outside of New York City proper,http://www.cheapfalconsjerseyssale.com yet well within the urban corridor, there sits a church in the suburb of Mt. Vernon, New York.  It looks out of place as business and industry surrounds it.  However, the reason it remains is because it is a symbol of the struggle for freedom that took place here…

The Philipse Manor

When America won her independence, there were thousands of men and women who remained loyal to England during the war.  What happened to them?  In some cases, they perhaps fared far better than if they had supported the patriots…

Over the Falls in a Barrel

FJM-HV-Hawaii2014Don Lokor is asked many questions about Niagara Falls.  He is considered the resident historian of the national landmark.  The question most asked…what about those fools who attempt to go over the falls…

A Visit to Niagra Falls

FJM-HV-Hawaii2014Before Yellowstone was ever made the first national park, Niagara Falls became the nation’s first state park.  The thundering waters have long captivated crowds who will drive or fly hundreds of miles to come see it.  The story of the falls as a tourist attraction and honeymoon destination is quite intriguing

Presumed Dead For Three Days

For three days Joe Torrillo’s family thought he’d died in the terrorist attack at the World Trade Center.  However a mix-up at the firehouse resulted in an unlikely outcome for Joe and a happy ending for his family…..

Surviving Two Buildings

Joe Torrillo survived not one building falling on top of him, but two.     Against all odds, he made a dash for his life in lower Manhattan on September 11th, 2001….

Saving the Lives of Rescue Workers

Amid the tragic loss of life at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, one man saved the lives of dozens of rescue workers.  It was not because of his strength or heroism, but his understanding of engineering.  Today we look at the important decision one firefighter made before those buildings collapsed…..

A Ceremony That Would Not Take Place

Joe Torrillo was ready to unveil a new action figure for a giant toy company in New York City.  However, the ceremony would not take place that day.  Instead, Joe’s intuition told him to turn the wheel of the car and head to lower Manhattan…..

Tragedy and Triumph on 9-11

Today we begin a series of programs with New York City firefighter, Joe Torrillo, as he shares his story of tragedy and triumph on 9-11…..

Scenic Route: Inside the World Trade Center

If you were old enough to remember September 11th, 2001, you know exactly where you were when you heard the news of the terrorist attacks that day. Joe Torrillo was driving to midtown Manhattan that day. He only knew there was as fire at one of the trade center towers, when he turned his car toward his old fire station that sat adjacent to that site. Soon he found himself in the middle of one of the most significant events in the nation’s history.

Twas the Night Before Christmas

We know the words of “’twas the night before Christmas;” words that helped solidify the image of Santa over 200 years ago. Here’s the the place that marks the beginning of their story…..

The Survivor Tree

When the twin towers collapsed on September 11th, 2001, emergency responders raced to the scene to save lives.  Interestingly, there was life found at the site many weeks after the tragedy.  The story takes us to one of the largest high schools in the city, and one of the largest agriculture programs in the country…..

Five Places to Find Columbus in the New World Today

In Fourteen Hundred and Ninety Two, Columbus sailed the Ocean Blue. And ever since, people have been building monuments to him. In fact, one Internet site has a list of nearly 600 monuments to the European explorer.

Since we’re celebrating Columbus Day this week, we thought it would be interesting to help you find a few of the best Columbus monuments and other Columbus-related sites across the American Countryside.

Fort_San_Cristóbal_guerite,_San_Juan,_Puerto_RicoSan Juan, Puerto Rico
San Juan is one of the first places Columbus encountered, on his second voyage to the New World in 1493. Puerto Rico is a great place to take a relatively inexpensive Caribbean vacation, and there’s still lots of history to see there. The sites include a huge stone fort built to withstand attack from both the sea and land. The fort is open to the public, and gives a glimpse of the world as Columbus experienced it hundreds of years ago.

640px-Salt-River-Bay-1Salt River Bay, St. Croix
Speaking of the world Columbus inhabited, you can get a great look at it in its natural form at Salt River Bay in St. Croix. People lived in Salt River Bay for 1,500 years before Columbus showed up, but to this day, you can see the natural ecology of the place. A national historic park preserves marine estuaries and mangrove forests. And you can also see the remains of a fort built by French explorers in the 1600s. You can also see the precise place where European explorers met and clashed with natives of St. Croix.

Santa_Maria_43215Columbus, Ohio
Columbus might never have visited Ohio, but one of the best places in the country to connect with his voyages is in the Ohio city named for him. For the 500th anniversary of the explorer’s first visit, Columbus, Ohio, built a 98-foot-long replica of the Santa Maria, one of his ships. Today, tourists can walk through the ship, and even book events there. The real Santa Maria never made it back to Spain, crashing off the coast of Haiti before the return trip.

Columbus_and_AOL_Time_WarnerColumbus Circle, New York City
One of the busiest spots in the world features one of the most well-known monuments to Columbus. “Columbus Circle” is a traffic circle with a marble statue of Christopher Columbus set atop a massive column. It was erected in 1892 to celebrate the 400th anniversary of his voyage. Tourists in New York City almost always stumble across the monument, even when they’re not looking for it, because it’s right in the heart of New York City at the edge of Central Park and just north of the Theater District.

800px-Inner_Harbor_from_the_Baltimore_AquariumBaltimore’s Inner Harbor
Another of the largest monuments to Columbus is at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Carved out of Italian marble, the monument was dedicated in 1984. It includes intricate scenes of Columbus’s voyage and arrival in the New World, carved into the side. The statue is set in the middle of a larger area known as Columbus Piazza, dedicated to the memory of the explorer’s voyages.

British or Revolutionary?

Methodist, Baptist, Catholic, Lutheran–there are many labels that may be placed on churches. However, during the early years of this church, the label was either British or Revolutionary, and those who stepped inside the building were most likely not going to hear a sermon…..

St. Paul’s Church

Just outside of New York City proper, yet well within the urban corridor, sits a church in the suburb of Mt. Vernon, New York. It looks out of place as business and industry surrounds it. However, the reason it remains is because it is a symbol of the struggle for freedom that took place here….

A Reward for Remaining Loyal to the King

When America won her independence, there were thousands of men and women who remained loyal to England during the war.  What happened to them?  In some cases, they perhaps fared far better than if they had supported the patriots…..

Signing the Declaration of Dependence

Fifty-six men signed the Declaration of Independence in July of 1776, but not everyone was pleased with the patriotic document.  Today’s American Countryside is from the home of one of the 200 signers of the Declaration of Dependence…..

A Woman Ship’s Captain of the 1600’s

It’s rare to find a young married lady commanding a ship, crisscrossing the Atlantic multiple times each year. Now imagine the story takes place in the 1600’s.  It’s how this family built their wealth and became one of the wealthiest clans in America…..

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

constablehallWe know the words of “’twas the night before Christmas;” words that helped solidify the image of Santa over 200 years ago. Here’s the the place that marks the beginning of their story…