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  • Our Adventure Through Howe Caverns, Cobleskill, NY

    Our Adventure Through Howe Caverns, Cobleskill, NY

    I firmly believe that every New Yorker should see Howe Caverns. I think the place is part of our identity as New Yorkers, on par with Niagara Falls and the Statue of Liberty. Howe Caverns is simply stunning. It has amazed visitors for over 169 years and despite our modern technological marvels, the trip will […]

  • Burr, Hamilton, Chase Bank and the Wooden Water Pipes

    Burr, Hamilton, Chase Bank and the Wooden Water Pipes

    What do wooden water pipes buried beneath Manhattan and the formation of a bank have to do with the duel between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr? Truth is stranger than fiction…

  • The Adirondack Museum, Blue Mountain Lake, NY

    The Adirondack Museum, Blue Mountain Lake, NY

    I’ve visited some amazing museums in my time — the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Natural History, the New York State Museum — the Adirondack Museum in the central Adirondack region is perhaps one of the largest museums in Upstate New York. It certainly ranks as one of the most interesting and enjoyable. […]

  • Climbing Blue Mountain: The NYSDEC Trail

    Climbing Blue Mountain: The NYSDEC Trail

    Oh, my aching muscles…. Blue Mountain is in the central Adirondacks. Located in Hamilton County, the peak of the mountain reaches 3750 feet (1143 meters) and elevation gain from the trail head is 1559 feet. The trail is approximately 2 miles up- you can do the math to see how steep the trail is! A […]

  • Federal Hall: John Peter Zenger and The Bill of Rights

    Federal Hall: John Peter Zenger and The Bill of Rights

    When we visited Federal Hall National Memorial on Wall Street in lower Manhattan, we saw a display dedicated to John Peter Zenger, a New York newspaper publisher from the early 18th century. Zenger went to jail for a sensational “freedom of speech” case. His trial was held here at the site of Federal Hall, in […]

  • Federal Hall National Memorial, Wall Street, New York City

    Federal Hall National Memorial, Wall Street, New York City

    The very first capitol building of the United States of America was here on this site, on Wall Street in lower Manhattan. The building was called Federal Hall and was constructed in 1700. It was where President George Washington was inaugurated as the first President of the United States. Unfortunately, the building was demolished in […]

  • The Erie Canal Village, Rome, NY, Part 1

    The Erie Canal Village, Rome, NY, Part 1

    Finally! I’d been wanting to visit this Village again ever since I visited when I was 14 years old. What a wonderful, wonderful place. Step back in time, literally. If it wasn’t for your wristwatch and cellphone, you’d think you were back in 1807.

  • The Joseph Smith Historic Site, Palmyra, NY

    The Joseph Smith Historic Site, Palmyra, NY

    Just south of the small town of Palmyra, in Wayne County, NY, is the small site dedicated to Joseph Smith, founder of the Mormon religion. The site was very barren and foreboding on a blustery February when we visited. We decided to stop so that I could take a few photos of the reproduction log […]

  • Oneida Indian Settlement, Nichols Pond, in Smithfield

    Oneida Indian Settlement, Nichols Pond, in Smithfield

    This is the historic site of the ancient lands of the Oneida Indian tribe of Central New York. It was also the resting place of the mysterious glacial erratic stone, sacred to the Oneidas. The place oozes history, archaeology, and wonder, with a strong mix of nature and spookiness mixed in. This is also the spot where Samuel de Chaplain and his Huron friends attacked the hapless Oneidas, hearing gunshots for the first time.

  • Women's Rights National Park, Seneca Falls, NY

    Women’s Rights National Park, Seneca Falls, NY

    Not too far from the National Women’s Hall of Fame on Falls Street in Seneca Falls, NY, is the Women’s Rights National Park. I wrote about the rich history of the women’s movement that began here in my post National Women’s Hall of Fame, Seneca Falls, NY. While the National Women’s Rights Hall of Fame […]

  • The Wild Center, Tupper Lake, Part 3

    The Wild Center, Tupper Lake, Part 3

    You can read Part 1 and Part 2 here. The best part of our visit to The Wild Center, in my opinion, was the aquariums. The aquariums held fish native to the Adirondacks, such as different families of trout, sturgeon, turtles, and a couple of really cute otters named Squeaky and Squirt. This aquarium was […]

  • Seneca Lake, Home of the Lake Farts

    Seneca Lake, Home of the Lake Farts

    OK, I will state that I do not like the word “fart.” It’s crude and vulgar, and I never use the word. But golly gee whillikers, it’s a hilarious description for the booming sounds that burp out of Seneca Lake! LOL. I’ll get to that odd phenomenon in a minute. Seneca Lake is one of […]

  • The FX Matt Brewing Company, Utica, NY

    The FX Matt Brewing Company, Utica, NY

    The FX Matt Brewery is the second-longest running brewery in the nation, based in Utica, NY. It’s somewhat of a landmark here in this immigrant city, supplying jobs for many workers (even during th Prohibition Era). We took a guided tour of the building and the inner workings of the brewery, where all the stuff happens! Then we were treated to a Saranac beer in the elegant Matt saloon.

  • Oneida Community Mansion House, Sherrill, NY

    Oneida Community Mansion House, Sherrill, NY

    The Oneida Mansion House was built by the Oneida Community, a “free love” communalist cult that found refuge from persecution on Indian lands. These people built a virtual paradise for themselves, until bickering from within broke it all up. The Mansion is open for tours, and visitors are free to roam the grounds. I wrote a history of the cult– truth can be so stranger than fiction!

  • Fly Creek Cider Mill, Fly Creek, NY

    Fly Creek Cider Mill, Fly Creek, NY

    Fly Creek Cider Mill is a little jewel just north of Cooperstown. It’s a combination old-fashioned store/ cider mill/ livestock farm/ educational experience. No wonder it’s such a popular place! And who the heck named the town “Fly Creek”?!

  • The Old Main, or Utica Lunatic Asylum, NY

    The Old Main, or Utica Lunatic Asylum, NY

    Renowned as the finest example of Greel Revival architecture in the world, the Old Main, or old Utica Lunatic Asylum, still stands. Barely. It sits aloof on its once pastoral grounds in the heart of Utica, NY. It’s history is incredibly rich and it is for this reason that this magnificent building still stands. This is my investigation of its history and the earth-shattering movement of treatable mental illness in this country.

  • Hamilton College Cemetery, Clinton, NY

    Hamilton College Cemetery, Clinton, NY

    Hamilton College has a special place in our hearts. We are ardent students of history, revivalism, Samuel Kirkland, the Oneida Indians, and Alexander Hamilton. What brings all these things together? Hamilton College. We paid our respects to its founders.

  • Lake George and Fort Ticonderoga, NY

    Lake George and Fort Ticonderoga, NY

    Lake George in the autumn. What can I say? Sheer glory! We traveled up the beautiful and scenic Route 9, in the heart of the eastern Adirondacks Park. We finally found Fort Ticonderoga, too. And even though the Fort was closed, we snuck in for a little quiet exploration and photo op. What an adventure!

  • The New England Hurricane of 1938

    The New England Hurricane of 1938

    The New England Hurricane, also called the Long Island Express, or the Great Hurricane of ’38, is known as one of the most damaging hurricanes to ever strike the U.S. It hit New York and New England unexpectedly, with great loss of life and property. This is the story of what happened.

  • Erie Canal Museum in Syracuse, NY, Part One

    Erie Canal Museum in Syracuse, NY, Part One

    This museum in Syracuse is dedicated to everything Erie Canal. The museum is right on the historic banks of the Canal, and it’s housed in the old weighlock building– one of the Canal’s tolling places. So the museum has a history of its own, as well as offering a complete history of New York’s famous and nation-building Erie Canal.

  • Aboard the U.S.S. Slater in Albany, NY

    Aboard the U.S.S. Slater in Albany, NY

    The U.S.S. Slater is a Destroyer-Escort ship that served during World War II. It is the only Destroyer-Escort ship still afloat on display, sitting along the banks of the Hudson River in downtown Albany, NY. We took a tour of the ship, what an adventure!

  • The Children's Museum, Utica, NY

    The Children’s Museum, Utica, NY

    WHAT a tremendous museum! Four enormous floors stocked full of everything you can possibly imagine– cars, instruments, dolls, an Iroquois longhouse, science experiments, and even a small glider airplane! A perfect place to spend a day.

  • Chittenango Falls State Park, Chittenango, NY

    Chittenango Falls State Park, Chittenango, NY

    What a beautiful park! Chittenango Falls State Park is the crowning jewel of Madison County. It has extensive trails with glorious views of the Falls. We thoroughly enjoyed our trek!

  • Oriskany Battlefield: Bloodiest Battle of the American Revolution

    Oriskany Battlefield: Bloodiest Battle of the American Revolution

    There is an element of deep sadness here. This was the battleground of the bloodiest battle in the fight for American independence. But it set off a shockwave of victory that helped to change the course of the war. Hundreds of men died here. We came to give our respects, and found time to have a little fun, too.

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    Our Award-Winning "My Hometown" Video

    Our Award-Winning “My Hometown” Video

    We were perusing through the archives here and lookie what we found! Our old video from 2008, called “My Hometown”! It was the very first video we made together. We did it as part of a contest, and won first place – $1,000! One of the first things I did with the winnings was to buy a new digital camcorder. :)

    I hope you get a kick out of seeing this again as much as we did.

    My Hometown from Mrs. Mecomber on Vimeo.

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    Chimney Bluffs State Park, Wolcott, NY

    Chimney Bluffs State Park, Wolcott, NY

    No, I’m not talking about visiting hotels in Cedar Rapids, Iowa! Upstate New York has its own amazing skyscrapers. Unlike the glass and concrete constructions that fill up the nation’s most famous island, however, these skyscrapers are crafted from clay and wind. Welcome to Chimney Bluffs State Park near Wolcott, New York, off the eastern shore of Lake Ontario!

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  • Our Award-Winning "My Hometown" Video

    Our Award-Winning “My Hometown” Video

    We were perusing through the archives here and lookie what we found! Our old video from 2008, called “My Hometown”! It was the very first video we made together. We did it as part of a contest, and won first place – $1,000! One of the first things I did with the winnings was to […]

  • Chimney Bluffs State Park, Wolcott, NY

    Chimney Bluffs State Park, Wolcott, NY

    No, I’m not talking about visiting hotels in Cedar Rapids, Iowa! Upstate New York has its own amazing skyscrapers. Unlike the glass and concrete constructions that fill up the nation’s most famous island, however, these skyscrapers are crafted from clay and wind. Welcome to Chimney Bluffs State Park near Wolcott, New York, off the eastern […]

  • Green Lakes State Park, Fayetteville, NY

    Green Lakes State Park, Fayetteville, NY

    The Green Lakes are two emerald-colored jewels nestled between the low hills surrounding Fayetteville and Chittenango, NY. Driving along Route 5, you’d never know what treasures await you, save for a rather inconspicuous “State Park” sign and a wide driveway. When you enter the grounds, even then it has a slightly carnival feel thanks to […]

  • The Sandals Resort in Grenada

    The Sandals Resort in Grenada

    When booking a trip to the spice isle of the Caribbean, be sure to experience The Sandals Resort in Grenada. Located on the swanky, private sands of Pink Gin Beach, the Sandals resort offers a serene canvas for the tropical beauty the island possesses.

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