Off the Path from New York to Boston Follow reporter Davis Dunavin as he travels the road from New York to Boston, looking for unusual stories and fascinating histories.
Off the Path from New York to Boston

Off the Path from New York to Boston


Follow reporter Davis Dunavin as he travels the road from New York to Boston, looking for unusual stories and fascinating histories.

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Everyone Shall Sit Under Their Own Vine And Fig Tree

The musical "Hamilton" has a lot of catchy music and memorable lyrics. Some of the most memorable come from President George Washington. They're taken almost verbatim from a letter Washington wrote to the oldest synagogue in America, in Newport, Rhode Island, in which he rebuked bigotry.

T.S. Eliot's Seaside Childhood

T.S. Eliot chose four places to write about in his poem "Four Quartets." Three of them are in England, but one is a nondescript cluster of rocks off the coast of Gloucester, Massachusetts. Eliot's childhood vacation home is now a retreat for writers. The T.S. Eliot Foundation says it hopes other writers can be inspired by the same idyllic seaside setting that inspired Eliot.

Westport Stakes Its Claim To 'The Great Gatsby'

F. Scott Fitzgerald set his novel The Great Gatsby on Long Island's North Shore – with its opulent mansions, beautiful gardens and decadent parties. But some people think Fitzgerald might have been inspired by another location – across Long Island Sound in Westport, Connecticut.

The Great Boombox Parade

There might be only one Fourth of July parade that has no live music accompaniment. That's not to say there isn't music though. And you can find this parade every Independence Day in Willimantic, a neighborhood in Windham, Connecticut.

Morbid Anatomy

Cemeteries are not places where you're likely to find a museum – except perhaps one that deals with death. This museum is the result of one woman's quest to change how we think and talk about the subject of death. And you'll find it – at least for now – in the Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York.

But Did He Ever Return? No, He Never Returned

Lots of songs have been used as anthems for particular causes or movements. But probably only one for a transit system. The song is the story of Charlie, a hapless commuter who finds himself trapped on the Boston subway. Charlie's story was made famous by the Kingston Trio in the song "M.T.A." in 1959, but it was written for an actual mayoral candidate—not George O'Brien, but Walter O'Brien. Walter's daughter Julia O'Brien-Merrill, featured in this story, is the author of the children's book

Inside Samuel Colt's 19th-Century Tinkerers' Palace

It's not easy being a gun manufacturer in 2018. Remington Firearms recently filed for bankruptcy in Hartford. But the making of guns has been an intricate part of our history. Back in the mid-1800s, one gun maker went beyond just the making of firearms. He wanted to create a workplace utopia at his factory in Hartford, Conn.

There Is A Donald Trump State Park, Believe Me!

Most people have no idea there's a state park named for Donald Trump. It's a patch of untended weeds and brush that's been described as an abandoned wasteland in Westchester County, New York.

Skull And Bones, And Other Yale Secret Societies

There are lots of stories and rumors about secret societies at elite colleges. Skull and Bones is the oldest and most notorious secret college society in America. Not much is known about what goes on at Skull and Bones, but you can easily find its headquarters on the campus of Yale University in New Haven.

The 600-Year-Old Mystery Of The Voynich Manuscript

It's one of the world's great literary mysteries: a 15th century book full of bizarre illustrations of imaginary plants, astrological signs, surreal figures and landscapes. Its origins are unknown, its creator anonymous. And it's written entirely in an unknown language that's stumped the world's greatest codebreakers.

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