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…

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…..