The Home of a Founding Father

Perhaps you’ve visited places like Mt. Vernon and Monticello, homes of founding fathers Washington and Jefferson.  If you travel to Katonah, New York you’ll find another home of a founding father…

A Witness to History

Imagine being pregnant, enduring a shipwreck, being away from your home for several years, and then, being present to see the signing of a treaty to form a new nation in which you would reside…

The First Supreme Court Chief Justice

Who was the first Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court?  It was a position this man coveted, until he actually got the job…

The Forgotten Founding Father

Some have called him the forgotten founding father.  Have you too forgotten about the man who was president before George Washington?  We dig into our history books to the founding of the nation…

The Elephant Hotel

When you run across a building named the “Elephant Hotel,” well, there’s probably going to be an interesting story behind the place.  That is the case…

A Time Before Zoos and Circuses

Just about everyone one of us has visited a zoo and seen a circus.  Now let me take you to a time when neither existed.  It was a farmer from Sommers, New York, Hachaliah Bailey, that perhaps introduced many to those exotic animals…

The Elephant That Changed the Course of American History

 

It all began with a man who wanted to farm, not with a team of horses or mules, but rather with an elephant.  And from there, the opportunities were endless.  This is the story of an elephant that changed the course of American history…

The Trio Who Saved the Nation and a President

There’s a good chance you’ve never heard of John Paulding, Isaac Van Wart or David Williams.  Yet, each has a county in Ohio named after them.  The trio arguably saved the nation and the life of our first president…

The Simple Rules of Being a Spy

If you’re going to be a spy, it’s best to not be carrying incriminating evidence.  So when this man took off his boots and secret papers began to appear, well, this story was going to have a most interesting ending…

Trapped Behind Enemy Lines

If you are a soldier in battle, you usually don’t want to be trapped behind enemy lines.  Yet that is exactly what had happened to John by his own fault.  Now the race was on to see if he could wiggle his way back to safety without being discovered…

Known By the Friends Kept

There is a cliché that says, “We are known by the friends we keep.”  One of the friends of this couple was up to no good – at least in the eyes of many, and soon that friendship would blossom into a story we still know well from history…

Heroes, Love, and Espionage

It’s a story that involves war heroes, love and espionage.  It may sound like a novel, but it was real life and the outcome changed the course of American history…

An American War Hero

Today I’ll introduce you to an American war hero – a man who had a great hand in this country’s independence.  However, you’ll probably be surprised by his name, for we all know him for something else…

A Story Fitting for Halloween

It’s a story fitting of Halloween.  The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and the headless horseman.  Today we go to the location where the tale was set…

Sleepy Hollow

Mention the name Sleepy Hollow and our minds quickly jump to tales of a headless horseman.  It’s quite a tale but some of the pieces of that story have roots in truth in this town…

Children Playing In Graveyards

You don’t think of a graveyard as a place where children would play.  But here that was the case, and because of who was playing around those stones gave us some of the classic stories we still know today…

The World’s Oldest Pet Cemetery

Ed Martin Jr. has helped bury dogs, cats, birds, guinea pigs and he’s even heard of a lion cub on the grounds.  It’s just part of the day-to-day life of the overseer of the world’s oldest pet burying ground…

A Funeral Parlor Like None Other

Walk into this funeral parlor and it may look like others you’ve seen.  But soon you’ll notice some difference that set it apart from probably any other place you’ve been…

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…