Cathedral State Park: Majesty of the Trees

 The trails in Cathedral State Park are easy going and pleasant, perfect for little kids as well as my elderly parents. Cathedral State Park is an ancient hemlock forest of majestic proportions, and one of the last living commemorations of the vast virgin hemlock forest which once flourished in the Appalachian highlands. Trees up to […]

VA Air & Space Museum Brings Us to Space, and Beyond!

A number of children’s drawings and paintings are hung in the museum. The artist of this wonderful painting is a second grader from Argyle, TX. (The artist’s name is withheld to protect the child’s privacy.) Hampton, VA and the NASA Langley Research Center is the birthplace of America’s space program. It was here that the […]

Ghost Hunting at Eastern State Penitentiary

Photo Courtesy Eastern State Penitentiary; photographerTom Bernard By day, Eastern State Penitentiary is a museum dedicated to educating the public about the history of both the penitentiary itself and incarceration in America. By night, it is a ghost hunter’s dream: shadowy figures, mysterious laughter, and footsteps have all been reported. EVPs are not uncommon. (EVP […]

Eastern State Penitentiary Update

I first visited Eastern State Penitentiary about 10 years ago, and wrote about it in MidAtanticDayTrips in 2014, several years after the actual visit. It haunted me then, and still does. Even as the cell blocks high arched ceilings evoke a cathedral-like reverence, the cells still hold their secrets, and they’re not giving them up. […]