Articles I wrote in KidsView this summer told of Adventist historical places you can visit. Some were in the middle part of the United States. Others were on the west coast. Now I’m writing about some found in the northeastern United States. Adventist history is truly everywhere! I found so many interesting things that I don’t have nearly enough space to describe them all.
1 Mary Andrews was a young girl when she went as a missionary with her father to Switzerland (August 2010 KidsView). She died of tuberculosis at the age of 17. My Austrian friend, Agnessa, and I had the privilege of standing beside Mary’s grave, located in Mount Hope Cemetery in Rochester, New York. Mary’s mother, Angeline, is buried beside her, but her father, John Nevins Andrews, is buried where he died in Basel, Switzerland. As I stood by Mary’s grave, I imagined the day when Jesus comes back again. Mary would greet her mother; then both of them would be guided by an angel through the air to join their father and husband. Together they fly to meet Jesus. What a wonderful day!
2 We also toured the beautifully restored home of Uriah and Annie Smith. Uriah was a young man of 20 when he became editor of the Review and Herald. Uriah’s younger sister, Annie, wrote the words for some of the hymns we sing at church. Today, another family lives in their home along with two beautiful Siamese cats. I think they’re pur-r-r-ty lucky kittens!
3 Have you heard about William Miller? “Father Miller,” as he was affectionately known, preached the message of Jesus’ soon coming all over New England. We stopped to see Miller’s house, barn, and chapel on our trip.
4 My favorite place I visited is the little wooden church located in the remote village of Washington, New Hampshire. Young persons Cyrus and William Farnsworth stood up there, in front of the people who had known them all their lives, and announced their decision to keep the Sabbath of the fourth commandment. That took a lot of courage! This little church became the first to keep the seventh-day Sabbath.
You and your family can visit these places too. Even though the summer is over, you can still plan a vacation that allows you to experience the same things I did. A good book to tell you all about it, including directions, is Adventist Pioneer Places: New York and New England by Merlin Burt (available at the Adventist Book Center).
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