Tag Archives: Monuments

Art or Not?–You Decide

Thomas Jefferson on one of the sides of the piece of art

Thomas Jefferson on one of the sides of the piece of art

This piece of art is in honor of Thomas Jefferson and stands near the Northshire Bookstore in Manchester, Vermont.

Each arm holds something different. In one, a church; in the other, scales representing the state. Although I didn’t see it, my friend told me that the arms move.

Well, what do you think?

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Why I Love New York

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This marker is the supposed place where Major John Andre was captured during the American Revolution by militiamen John Paulding, David Williams and Isaac Van Wart. It stands at the entrance to Patriots Park, which is shared between Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow. The local monument nearby also celebrates the capture of the British spy–in a grand way.

Andre’s capture was a major coup for the colonials. Had Andre gotten through the American lines the plans to the fortifications at West Point, which Andre was given from Benedict Arnold, would have fallen into British hands. In effect, the British would have been able to seize West Point and gain total control of the Hudson River, thereby opening a major route for their forces from Canada and effectively severing New England from the rest of the colonies. This incident also forced Benedict Arnold to flee to the British before he was arrested for treason.

This whole area was involved in the American Revolution, one of the more interesting parts of American history.

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