Day 1 – SFO -> BOS
Flight from SFO to BOS (San Francisco to Boston) arrived at 1am and stayed at the Hilton at the Airport. It was very convenient as we just walked over to the hotel. David did not get to sit next to a stranger like he wanted.
Boston -> Ipswitch, MA -> Rockingham, VT -> Sharon, VT -> Malta, NY
Found a Dunkin Donuts
Ok for all of the easterners this is not a big deal, but for us, it is not that easy to find. Of course, we stopped in and got breakfast. And David and Sam ate 25 donut holes before anyone else could get any.
Great location for sunny days, incredible beach and waves are not too large. Not great for us because it was 34 degrees and windy. About 20 degrees with the wind chill factor.
First place that Pulsipher Name arrives into America 1650s. Benedict Pulsipher comes from nowhere but made a huge impact on America. We found where his original house was and it is now a Deli where we got great sandwiches. Ipswitch River Provisions.
David Pulsipher Grandson of Benedict Pulsipher helps build a Chruch which is still standing in Rockingham. Now called the Olde Rockingham Meeting House. There are 16 Pulsiphers are buried there in the Cemetary. David got a picture with the David Pulsipher Gravesite. We spent about an hour find more all of the graves of our relatives Pulsiphers, Stowells, and Sheppards.
This is the birthplace of Joseph Smith the Founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The Church has put a great visitor center that shows the life of Joseph and his parents and what lead them to be in Sharon Vermont in the 1800s. There is also a large solid Granite Monument that was built over 100 years ago.
Stayed at a Marriott of course. But they only had two rooms with two double beds. Not cuddle time for Paige and Darren. We tried to sleep on the double for about 4 minutes. That is all we could last being that close to each other. 🙂
Day 3 – ~5 Hours, 300 miles – Madeline’s Birthday
Malta, NY -> Palmyra, NY -> Rochester, NY -> Niagra Falls, NY
This is the center of the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. This is where Joseph Smith was visited by Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father and told not to join any of the churches on the earth, called the Sacred Grove. He would later learn that he would restore the Chruch of Jesus Christ on the Earth again. He also would receive the Golden Plates from the Angel Moroni that he translated into the Book of Mormon. Palmyra was also the place where the first copies of the Book of Mormon were printed. You can easily spend a day here.
This was Madeline’s Birthday and she wanted Sushi. Do you know how hard it is to find Sushi in Upstate New York? Not easy, but we drove 30 miles to find a Japanese restaurant. And they did a great job.
Day 4 – ~2 Hours – 115 Miles
Niagra Falls NY -> Niagra Falls, ONT Canada, -> Eire PA
We had a fun time at the falls Canadian side. We went behind the falls and spent several hours at the visitor center enjoying all of the attractions. Including riding over the falls in a barrel. Ok, not really but we took a picture that makes it look like it.
We also drove a couple of miles to the Butterfly Conservatory. We had a great time and it was worth the short drive. Check out some of the pictures Darren took.
Day 5 – 3 hours – 162 Miles
Erie, PA -> Kirtland, Ohio -> Erie, PA
This is another great Church History site. Kirtland was the gathering place of the early members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. In this place, the first temple was built, and Joseph Smith received many revelations and visitations. We spent most of the day here and had a fun time to see all of the different sites.
Day 6 – ~8 hours – 473 Miles
Erie, PA -> Susquehanna, PA -> Great Barrington, MA
This is the site of the Priesthood Restoration and the first Baptisms in the Chruch of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Church has put a visitor center on the location of the former Harmony, PA. They have rebuilt some of the original homes and have done a great job with a very informative Visitor Center. This is off the beaten path but very much worth the trip.
Day 7 – ~ 4 hours – 181 Miles (Easter Sunday)
Great Barrington, MA -> Pittsfield, MA -> Williamstown, MA -> Lexington, MA, -> Needham, MA
Went to Church for Easter Morning, had a great time meeting the people of Pittsfield.
Had Easter brunch at a great hotel called the Williams Inn. We got our money’s worth with David and Sam eating enough for 4 people each.
The first battle of the Revolutionary War. The Shot heard round the world. They had a great tour in Lexington by one of the locals that do the yearly re-enactment of the battle.
Boston Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
We stopped to see this incredible Temple.
Day 8 – 30 minutes – 18 miles
Needham, MA -> Boston, MA
Boston, MA – Freedom-trail.
We had a great time on the Freedom Trail catching the sites that most interested us and we drove the whole way finding places to park due to the horrible rain.
Bunker Hill -> USS Constitution -> Warren Travern -> North Church -> Paul Revere House -> Boston Tea Party -> Fanueil Hall.