As for my embarrassment, I have lived my entire life in New Jersey and never had I visited the Statue of Liberty. Wow, it is true what they say, that we have treasures right in our own backyards.
I took a bus trip with a friend from work and we ventured to Liberty Park on September 11th. On the bus drive up we watched a 45 minute introductory movie about Ellis Island. What a wonderful day and what a wonderful National Park.
View of Ellis Island from the ferry dock.
NYC skyline from the ferry dock.
This must have looked like a palace after all those days on board a ship crossing the ocean.
I found information on my both my maternal grandmother and grandfather. My grandfather left home in Holland at 14 and worked as a cook on a merchant vessel. This is the last entry into America.
I have two family trunks like the one above. It really brought home the connection.
It was very emotional for me to stand in this great hallway and know that 101 years ago my grandparents walked through this very hall and that I could be standing in the exact spot, on the same floor under the same ceiling (both ceiling and floor are original) as they did.
The things that seem to impact may not be what others notice. I marveled at the wear on the original stair treads from the over 4,000 sets of footsteps each day.
Original tile and flooring. Just further proves they don't make things like they used to.
The tour itself was well done. We traveled from room to room with headsets which recapped the steps an immigrant would have been taken upon arrival to the new world and a new life.
Immigrants were examined and received chalk markings on the left chest area of their clothing. It indicated if they were sick or not, had mental issues or not, etc. and served to determine which area they were be next 'sorted' to.
I button hook - yes, a button hook used for fastening shoes of the time - was used to pull the eyelids up and down to look for a certain eye disease. If an immigrant was found to have this eye disease, they were turned back. It was the obligation of the ship that brought over the refugee to provide passage, at no charge, back to England or Europe
The hospital on Ellis Island where the sick were sent.
View of the hospital on site. A necessity for those who were ill.
NYC skyline from the ferry from Ellis Island to Liberty Island.
Our ferry circled the island for a 360 view of Lady Liberty before docking.
The original torch on display on Liberty Island
There was so much to see and do and we enjoyed the day so much that I would go back again.
Thanks for stopping by........and I promise I will share some stitching next........a teaser - a finish and a new start.