||Independence Trail Offers Families
A Fun & Educational Vacation
By Sen. Elizabeth O’Connor Little
The future of tourism in New York is very much about the past. Two
hundred and fifty years ago, the Empire State was the setting for
some of the most significant events in the birth of our great nation
— from the French & Indian War to the American Revolution. Today,
through the foresight and dedication of people across our state, a
wealth of historic sites associated with those pivotal moments
remain preserved for the enjoyment and education of our children and
generations to come.
As the mother of six children, and proud grandmother of 10, I have a
great appreciation for the wonderful learning experiences available
to families by visiting the sites along The New York State Independence Trail. From authentically restored forts to historic homes … vast
battlegrounds steeped in history to solitary roadside monuments
harkening to days gone by … our nation’s history reaches out and
envelopes us in pride and patriotism.
I encourage families from across New York, our entire country and
around the world to journey along the Trail and learn together about
the people and places that made our nation what it is today. There
are wonderful stories here, awaiting a listening ear and inquisitive
A family vacation should be more than a leisurely escape; it should
be an event to remember for a lifetime. The New York State Independence Trail provides just such an experience.
New York Senator Elizabeth O'Connor Little, Republican, shown above with her grandchildren, represents the residents of the state’s 45th Senate District, which is comprised of Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Warren and Washington Counties. Always accessible and willing to listen, Senator Little is a strong proponent of heritage tourism across New York State.