Sugarbush Farm In Woodstock, Vermont A Great Vacation And Travel Destination

Submitted by: Robert Benjamin

The Sugarbush Farm in Woodstock, Vermont is located on a hill near Woodstock Village, that is several hundred acres in size. In case you are not familiar with the Sugarbush Farm, they are famous for making great tasting, high quality cheeses as well as maple syrup products.

I was very lucky as a child do to the fact that my family had a farm, where my Dad made a living from milking cows, selling cattle and other things that farmers do to survive and provide for their family. It is a very hard way to make a living, and sadly today most of the family farms are either gone or struggling to survive.

Anyway, I had the enjoyment of being able to be around milk cows, chickens, pigs and other animals for the majority of my childhood right up until around age 14 or so, when my Dad decided to sell our family farm.

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The Sugarbush Farm is open year around to the public, and each time of the year offers a different experience for visitors. There are many different areas and numerous things to see and do while you visit, for instance you can see how Vermont maple syrup and maple syrups products such as maple candy, and more, are made.

Depending upon the time of the year you visit, you can even walk along a trail, to see some of the actual maple trees, that are tapped, and are being used to gather sap from, which is later turned into the maple syrup. If you visit at a time when they are not gathering sap from the maple trees, you can still see how the entire process works through a video and a hands on tour through the sugar-house.

In the Cheese area, you can actually see how the delicious Sugarbush Farm cheese is made and prepared for storage and shipping. In the Farm Store, you can enjoy samples of the different cheeses, maple syrup, and even jams, spreads and more. There are numerous gifts, and wonderful treats to buy for your family, friends and yourself in the Farm Store.

Adults and children that visit the Sugarbush Farm, will have a great time actually meeting some of the farm animals that live there, such as; milk cows, and depending upon the time of the year, baby cows (calves), chickens, goats, and other animals, including some amazing Belgian draft horses, that are actually used to help in transporting the sap from the maple trees.

The Sugarbush Farm in Woodstock, Vermont, is a place that everyone should place on their list of the top places to visit in America. The Sugarbush Farm is perfect for the whole family, it doesn’t matter if you are a young child, teenager or older adult, this place is just wonderful.

Many folks have always lived in large, crowded cities or towns, and there are some children and even adults who have not even seen a cow up close, or seen how cheese, or maple syrup products are made, or just experienced the beautiful atmosphere of a country farm setting. A visit to the Sugarbush Farm in Woodstock, Vermont, will allow everyone to see all of these wonders, that you may have missed your whole life.

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About the Author: Robert W. Benjamin has been an avid writer for years, and he has hundreds of different articles published on the internet, on numerous subjects of his interest. Robert loves going fishing at ponds, lakes and rivers, and enjoys taking long distance vacations as well as one day bus trips. Robert enjoys computers, internet, sky gazing, walking and numerous other activities. Seasonal Vacation Spots

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Book Review: General James Longstreet: The Confederacy’s Most Modern General By Lieutenant Colonel Harold M. Knudsen

Book Review: General James Longstreet: The Confederacy’s Most Modern General by Lieutenant Colonel Harold M. Knudsen

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Johnny Kicklighter

I’m a novice when it comes to Civil War history. I get lost in the details of the major military campaigns of the war, much less the smaller skirmishes, and even the geography at times. My interest in the Confederacy relates to my ancestry and my interest in Confederate currency. I had three great grandfathers and three great uncles who served in the war. During a recent meeting of our Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp, Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Harold Knudsen of the US Army was our guest speaker. LTC Knudsen is the author of the book, “General James Longstreet: The Confederacy’s Most Modern General.” I had no idea of who General Longstreet was and, at the time, really didn’t care all that much. After all, Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson were my heroes. However, Knudsen quickly captured my attention as it became apparent that the legacy of James Longstreet had been swept under the rug by the philosophy of political correctness. I was so enthralled by Knudsen’s lecture; I was the first person at his book table to purchase a hardbound copy of his book.

LTC Knudsen’s book is small and is less than one hundred pages. It is tiny in comparison to the monolithic volumes that exist on Lee and Jackson and other figures. I have in times past started to read some of those exhaustive works on the Civil War and its heroes, but have rarely completed any. It seems I would get bogged down in what would seem to be the endless battles and forever lost in the explanations of force movements, placement of batteries, flanking maneuvers and all the minutiae of military speak. Even though Knudsen is militaryesque in his writing, he is succinct and keeps the reader’s attention. At one point I asked myself, where are the maps? However, I soon realized his descriptions do not require maps. Actually, I believe maps would have been a distraction.

Knudsen makes the case that General Longstreet has not only been misjudged by history, but actually was one of the most successful generals of the war. He subtitles his book “The Confederacy’s Most Modern General” and indeed it appeares Longstreet was. Longstreet broke with the Napoleonic practices of warfare and introduced innovations that had not been seen in nineteenth century warfare. Not until recently has Longstreet’s reputation begun a slow re-examination. In fact, it wasn’t until 1998 that the first monument to honor him was erected at Gettysburg.

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James Longstreet was a South Carolina-born West Point graduate who was raised on a Georgia plantation. He received his first combat experience at age twenty four as the US began its war with Mexico. At age forty, he accepted a commission as a Confederate colonel with the Army of Northern Virginia at the start of the Civil War in 1861. Biographers of the post war era stated Longstreet was smart and ambitious but also a “know it all.” They turned against him for rejecting the ideology of the “Lost Cause.” Indeed, Longstreet was not a politically correct person, and according to the author, considered political correctness a form of dishonesty. Longstreet wasn’t interested in political debate and didn’t engage on the causes of the war, but instead excelled in the art of war. His view was simple: once war was decided to be the course of action; his goal was to win it.

It was at the Battle of Fredericksburg in 1862 that Longstreet carried out an effective and deadly approach to stopping a Union frontal assault. He merged firearm advancements with field modifications that Knudsen claims were fifty years ahead of its time. Longstreet combined discipline, low aiming, and clear lanes of fire, with one to two rifle loaders for each shooter. This produced an increased rate of fire equivalent to a machine gun in World War I.

Knudsen offers a chapter on the “defensive offense” and a chapter on the vindication of Longstreet’s strategic vision. It was the Battle of Chickamauga that gave Longstreet the opportunity to attack and set conditions for decisive victories. It was here that Knudsen believes Longstreet introduced a tactic similar to what the Germans used in their tank warfare in World War II, i.e., the Blitzkrieg theory. Knudsen leaves the reader with the notion that if Longstreet had been in charge of the forces at the Battle of Chickamauga instead of General Braxton Bragg, the Union Army would have been soundly defeated.

Knudsen does not discuss Longstreet’s post military career, other than mentioning his involvement with the passage of military reconstruction bills in Congress. However, that only fueled my curiosity in wanting to do more research on the general. My research uncovered that Longstreet enjoyed a career working for the U.S. Government and he was a convert to the Republican Party. Combining this with his support for reconstruction and some critical comments he wrote about General Robert E. Lee, he inflamed his detractors and distanced himself from his Confederate colleagues.

Portions of Knudsen’s conclusion were steeped with a good bit of military strategic lingo which required me to read it twice to obtain a good comprehension. Knudsen’s background in military command structure and control is very evident as he knows his stuff. However, parts of the final chapter sometimes leave the reader with a feeling he is at a military academy receiving a briefing on military policy and doctrine. All in all, I believe his book is long overdue and it deserves a place on your bookshelf. You won’t be disappointed.

Johnny Kicklighter is a member of the local Sons of Confederate Veterans,

Lt. George E. Dixon Camp # 1962

, Belleville, Illinois. The Sons of Confederate Veterans honor ancestry through the preservation of history and heritage. Johnny is a collector of Confederate currency.

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Delhi Gateway To Golden Triangle Tours

Submitted by: Aalia Khan

There are regular tours of India which are wonderful opportunities for travellers to acquaint themselves with the country, and then there are majestic tours which unveil some of the richest, most extraordinary sights in a breathtaking fashion. One such is the Golden Triangle Tour, among the most wondrous India Tours presented.

Golden Triangle Tours incorporate only three cities in the north of the country. However, these pack in many more experiences than some of the most elaborate, long drawn tours India has to offer. Delhi, Jaipur and Agra form the triangle that is a tour to a historic, cultural extravaganza which leaves your heart brimming with joy.

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The most prominent among the cities on this tour is Delhi. This city is usually the starting and ending point of the tour, since it enjoys easiest accessibility both locally and also from international destinations. Delhi is undoubtedly the largest among all three cities and has the distinction of being the capital of India. The city of Delhi can in itself, be a complete tour, with the varied experiences and numerous sights that it has to offer. Delhi and its immediate surroundings are beautiful to look at and a pleasure to drive through. The monuments and structures enjoy tremendous significance, and their study has plenty to reveal.

Delhi has a complex structure and history associated with it. It is actually believed to be not one, but an inclusion of seven cities which make up this sizeable entity. Signs of this point to the epic Mahabharata, where Delhi was then Indraprastha, the capital of the Pandava kings. Ever since, Delhi has witnessed several influences which include the Chauhans, the Slaves, Turks and Afghans, and then the Mughals. While some may rue that Delhi has been unfortunate in all that it has been subjected to, today these dominations have gone to give Delhi a unique character which is hard to find in any other city.

Among the most prominent attractions of Delhi are the Red Fort, the Qutb Minar and Humayun s Tomb. The parliament house is a modern marvel which has a dignified appeal, and the India Gate is a grand tribute to martyrs. The city of Delhi makes a fitting start to Golden Triangle Tours as it has all the elements that build up the excitement and expectation of what is to follow.

Delhi can be very hot during the summers, and it gets cooler than usual during the winters. The extreme climate can be attributed to its distance from the sea. There is little humidity, with a modest amount of rainfall received during the months of July and August. Beware of hot waves which lash the city in the summer.

After Delhi, it is time to carry on with your Golden Triangle Tour. Although Agra is the closest destination, both Jaipur and Agra can be reached conveniently from Delhi. Take with you wonderful memories of Delhi and contrast them with sights of the other cities. You are about to learn a timeless lesson in history.

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