If you’re a revolutionary war buff or historian you will know about the old Dutch Reform Church in Fishkill, NY. Fishkill played a very important role in the American Revolutionary War it was the main supply depot for the continental army in much of the war and to guard that they had a large military encampment in the valley leading into Fishkill under the command of Gen. Israel Putnam(do not shot until you see the whites of their eyes Putnam the gen who commanded the American forces in Boston in 1775) .
The community of Fishkill was settled by the Dutch when this area of New York was part of New Holland and under Dutch East India Company control. Many of the names are Dutch including the name Fishkill where Kille is the middle Dutch word for stream or river bed.
The Dutch Reform church dating back to the early 17 hundreds became the New York Provincial Congress and a military prison during Revolution. The Fishkill Dutch Reform Church was also part of Washington’s spy ring run out of Fishkill. A double-agent" Spy Enoch Crosby whose "Mock Trial" was held here at the Church/Prison. After being found "Guilty" of being a Spy for the British, he and several other Tory Spies - whom he had helped capture - were imprisoned at the Old Dutch Church in Fishkill. He spied for the American side during the war and was who the The Spy, a novel published in 1821 was based on that was authored by the American writer James Fenimore Cooper.
Turns out that about half the weapons the Americans got during the war came from the British who were selling them up the river to the Americans. And the Spy ring that ran all that and the depot that “acquired” those weapons run out of Officers Quarters that was part of the church complex in 1776. The first copies of the New York State Constitution were printed at Fishkill Dutch reform church in 1777.
There is a beautiful overlook of of the bridge on 12D of Sugar River Falls at Talcottvillie characteristic of the area’s gorges cut into limestone and unique geology of his part of nNw York state. the falls are on Sugar River just as the Bridge cross into the small village Talcottvillie just before the Sugar meets the Black river.
Val-Kill Eleanor Roosevelt National Park in Hyde Park NY just a few miles from my house is a great spot to walk and introspect.
for the international VT visitors in New York city this is a wonderful day trip for you -- There's so much to see and do in Hyde Park, NY, and the National Park Service and Metro-North Railroad make it easy for you. Spend the day at the Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites. The National Park Service operates the free "Roosevelt Ride" shuttle service from Poughkeepsie Metro-North Station 7 days a week. just go the grand central station catch the Hudson line of the Metro-North Railroad beautiful trip along the Hudson river and it gets you to hyde Park
Saturday, May 4, 2013
As part of our Bus Tour to New York City, our group went on a Circle Line Sightseeing Cruise. To me, the highlight was seeing the STATUE OF LIBERTY for the first time. The boat got pretty close, so we were able to take some pictures of this iconic statue. Our original itinerary had us going to Liberty Island, but Liberty Island is closed due to the effects of Hurricane Sandy. The Island and Statue will reopen to the public by July 4, 2013.
The Statue of Liberty was a gift from the people of France to the people of the United States and is a symbol of Freedom and Democracy. The Statue, located in New York Harbor on Liberty Island (south of Ellis Island), is of a robed female figure representing LIBERTAS, the Roman goddess of Freedom. She bears a torch and a tablet on which is inscribed the date of the American Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776.
In 1984, the Statue of Liberty was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site
I had wanted to see this for years so there was no way I was coming so close and not see it. And it was well worth the visit. The museum has hundreds of displays and thousands of items going from the very beginnings of baseball to the present time. The ground floor is seen last and that is where the plaques of all the inductees are located. Cooperstown is also a nice town, looking like something from the late 19th century.
This is the site of a major women's rights convention, held in 1848 and led by Elizabeth Cady Stanton. It is a national historical site with a museum next to the church where the delegates met. It is eye-opening to read about conditions for women to that time and to see the attacks on the convention's rather moderate demands. Seneca Falls is the town that Frank Capra had in mind as the town in "Its a Wonderful Life."
This is a center for outdoor activities in summer and winter. Skiing competitions are held here, including the 1980 Winter Olympics. Whiteface Mountain is one of the tallest peaks in the Adirondacks. We took a gondola up the mountain for beautiful views, though it was much colder at the top than down below.
New York City is a land full of glamour, fashion, fantasy and everything possible remark you can describe about this "Big Apple". Everybody likes to visit New York to see as much as possible all the Highlights in the City. There are so many things to do here. With this 5 days stay here in New York i can mention only some of my favorites: The Liberty, Ellis Island. The visit was not my last but it was the beginning of my future visits. For those who did not attempt to visit NYC yet, do it now! Maybe, you´ll never see them anymore. On my visit, i was so lucky to document the twin buildings of the World Trade Center. Now, they are gone. Just in one click! Unexpectedly! So I recommend hurry, visit this City that never sleep, you´ll never repent and don´t feel bored!
Visitors always love to see the Statue of Liberty but as someone that grew up in Nyc I would have to.reccomend trying our pizza. Its seriously unlike any other in the world. Also China Town is a great place to visit. Canal Street was cool back in the day you could get whatever you wanted at a fraction of the price (like new not yet released Nike or even jewelry). If you find yourself in a Staten Island hungry go to Cangianos off Richmond Ave. Good luck! OH and it wouldn't kill ya to the bronx for a Yankees game.
A National Historical Landmark since 1964 with two acres of gardens and trees surrounding the house - a mix of Federal and Tuscan design. Four generations of Sewards lived here from 1816 to 1951. Many pieces of fine art are displayed on the walls including pieces by Henry Inman, Thomas Cole, Chester Harding, Emanuel Leutze and Daniel Chester French. The mantelpiece in the parlor was carved by a journeyman painter/carpenter by the name of Brigham Young. The home was built by William Seward’s father-in-law, Judge Elijah Miller, in 1816-17. It was one of the first brick homes to be built in Auburn. Seward got to live here after he married - in 1824 - the Judge’s youngest daughter, Frances. The condition Judge Elijah gave to young William for him to marry his daughter was that Seward and his daughter would live with the judge in his house. Seward then lived here for almost fifty years. In the 1840’s Seward added a first floor dining room - dining had been in the basement before - along with a north tower and a rear wing. In 1866-68, a drawing room, a south tower, and several bedrooms were added along with an enlargement of the dining room. The new rooms hosted a plethora of guests which included Andrew Johnson, General Grant and many others. Seward was Secretary of State between 1861 to 1869 and there is an impressive Diplomatic Gallery located in the hallway of the main stairs on the second floor that serves as a who’s who among world leaders during the middle part of the 19th century. The house serves as a fine monument to one of the more important politicians of the Whig and early Republican Parties, as well as one of the leaders of the anti-slavery movement, though like Lincoln, he was not an abolitionist. Seward should have become the Republican nominee for President in 1860 instead of Lincoln - he was the clear frontrunner - but, careful though he was in speeches, he managed to upset those who thought he was not radical enough on the anti-slavery issue - the so-called Radicals, like Senator Sumner of Massachusetts and Congressman Thaddeus Stevens of Pennsylvania - as well as those who thought him too radical - like Horace Greeley, who thought him unelectable because of his stand against slavery. There is probably no reason to believe in light of the Democratic split that occurred with two 1860 candidates - one for the North, Douglas and one for the South, Breckinridge - that Seward would not have been elected in Lincoln’s stead if he had been the Republican nominee that year. Either way, Lincoln or Seward, the Civil War would have still ensued.
Wilbur and Orville Wright get all the credit, but Glen Curtiss went far beyond their efforts. Like the Wrights, Curtiss was involved first with bicycles opening a shop here in Hammondsport on the south end of Lake Keuka in 1900. He then got into motorizing his bikes developing some wild-looking motorcycles which would definitely not be street-legal today. The museum has several of Curtiss’ motorcycles including the 8-cylinder model he drove to a World Speed record of 136 mph in 1907 - a motorcycle record that would stand until 1930. But Curtiss, like the Wrights, is best known for his efforts in aviation. His list of accomplishments is daunting: first official public flight in America - 1908; first pilot’s license - 1911; first seaplane - 1911, etc, etc. etc.. He was credited with over 500 inventions during his short 52 year lifespan and you get a good sense of the widespread of his mechanical and innovative genius walking through the exhibits here at this fine museum. It is definitely on par with some of the other fine American aviation museums, including the Smithsonian, Naval (Pensacola, Florida) and Air Force (Dayton, Ohio) efforts.
Autumn is one of this VTers favorite time of the year -- if one likes to do out door color photography well this is the time and place. The Mid Hudson in New York is as good as it gets for fall colors. I love the light on the great estates from across the Hudson river and the light off the lakes in the parks of the mountains on either side of the Hudson river.
So grab your VT hat and camera and get ready to enjoy the wondrous colors of the tress as they break out in bright and vivid reds, yellows and oranges.
The best time to come and see the colors of New York is from late September to the middle of October. So come on and see what are you waiting for.
If you go to the Website below you can get the update on the foliage report for the state of New York. *
I am very sad as I write this tip, since I know that after October of 2006, this wonderful place will no longer exist, but since this place is so special to me, my family and thousands of other people who have made it their family tradition, I felt it deserved a write up.
Catskill Game Farm is a privately owned, family operated zoo and amusement area located in Catskill, New York. In 1958 this zoo became the first privately owned establishment to be recognized as a zoo.It has been owned and operated by the same family for over 70 years and has spanned three generations. Catskill Game Farm has over 2000 animals representing more than 150 species of animals from around the world.
My mother came here as a child, she brought me here as a child and I have continued the tradition by bringing my son here. Our latest visit was just today. I was actually shocked at the state the zoo has come into. It looks as if the owner haven't invested any money in upkeeping and maintaining the zoo. Many of the animals looked uncared for and all in all the place was just plain old run down. It has definately lost its luster from years gone by.
Catskill Game Farm is by far the priciest zoo I've been to to date with an adult admission running $17.95 and a child admission running $12.95. It is open for the rest of the season daily 9 AM to 5 PM. There's about half a dozen kiddie rides for the little ones to enjoy with individual tickets costing $1.25 or you can purchase 4 for $4.00. The food at the cafeteria is on the expensive side and frankly was gross, just pack a picnic lunch instead. Wear comfortable walking shoes and don't forget to visit the gift shop. They have a decent selection of retro style post cards for 10 cents a piece. There's isn't much zoo memorablilia with the exception of t-shirts and sweat shirts. I really wanted a decent magnet, but didn't find one.
To make a long story short, this tip is more of a homage to an era ending and to memories that will last a lifetime. Please see my travelogue for more pictures.
This is a great celebration of the Renaissance. Muratori promised to bring me here after standing me up for my sister's family day event. I am so glad that we went. I was a bit annoyed that the one day I forgot to bring extra batteries, my camera died before taking a single picture. Luckily I came back a couple weeks later and was able to get loads of pictures. There is something here for everyone, rides, games, alcohol, dress up, performances, food, animals and shopping. All the shop keepers, bar maids etc. are in character through speach, costume and actions. Children of all ages will love this fair. I will be highlight some of my favorite parts of the fair in seprate tips. When you come here be prepared to drop a bundle. Admission is $20 for adults and $8 for children 5 and up. Check the website for discount coupons. This year adult tickets were half price during opening weekend and on Labor Day. The average food item is $6 and drink is $3. While here make sure to get a pickle from one of the pickle guys. You won't regret it. Souvenires vary in price from a few dollars to hundreds of dollars. James bought me a head wreath of flowers for $15, which I thought was a good deal.
West Point is the home to the United States Military Academy which was authorized by President Thomas Jefferson in 1802. Since then it has graduated some of the most famous Americans of all time including Douglas MacArthur, George Patton, Robert E. Lee, Ulysses Grant, Stonewall Jackson, Jefferson Davis, Dwight Eisenhower, Buzz Aldrin, and Norman Schwartzkopf.
Prior to its academic excellence was established, West Point was an obvious strategic point along the Hudson River during the American Revolution. In fact, Benedict Arnold's famous act of treason was discovered when he intentionally weakened the West Point defenses then leaked maps and plans to the British.
Though the Military Academy at West Point was established in the 1700s, the current Cadet Chapel was not constructed until 1910. It is built of native granite, and the pipe organ ranks among the largest in the world. It is open daily from 8:15 am until 4:15 pm, and there is no admission fee.
I only made one quick trip to West Point in 2000, just to visit the famed military academy.
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