The Statue of Liberty, the Washington Monument, and Mount Rushmore are some of the many locations across the United States that attract millions of visitors each year. Yet, the country has even more, lesser-known historic sites and locations that are equally worthy of visitation.
Angel Island Immigration Station
During the end of the 19th century, millions traveled by boat to the shores of the United States in hopes of establishing a better life. On the east coast, immigrants ended their journey at Ellis Island. But, from 1910, immigrants walked ashore on Angel Island. The San Francisco Bay island received people from many countries around the world. However, records indicate that the majority of new arrivals were from China. Today, the location is a state park featuring a museum and dozens of interesting structures to visit outlining the intricate history of immigration during this period of time.
In 1863, the community of Brandy Station, Virginia became the location of a massive cavalry battle during the Civil War. More than 20,000 troops representing the North and the South fought; the first engagement in the Gettysburg campaign. A structure known as the Graffiti House was used as a field hospital during the war. The home was named for the sketches and signatures that soldiers scrawled on the walls of the facility where medical personnel worked feverishly to treat the wounded from both sides. Today, visitors tour the house and venture to the battleground to learn more about the history of the destination.
Henry Ford Museum
The Dearborn, Michigan facility was initially established to commemorate inventor and manufacturer Henry Ford. Over time, the museum has grown to include unique historic artifacts and educational exhibits. Explore the evolution of furniture by browsing through the collection of pieces dating from the late 17th century to current day. Learn about significant people and events throughout U.S. history. See General George Washington’s military cot, Abraham Lincoln’s rocking chair, and the bus where Rosa Parks took a stand for equality.
The expansive estate situated in Washington, D.C. was home to six generations of a single family. The property encompasses 8.5 acres. Guided tours of the home provide a glimpse of the family through décor, furnishings and personal possessions. Guests are also welcome to tour the gardens or visit the onsite gift shop.