sacred histories: american covenant new heartland tour

September 13-25, 2024

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Guided by Rod Meldrum & Kris Kimball

head and shoulders of Rod Meldrum in a suit
Rod Meldrum
Kris Kimball
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14 Day Tour Includes

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Fly from home to meet the group in Washington DC (airport DCA). Check in at the hotel and take some free time to explore Old Alexandria before our welcome dinner that night.

Overnight in Alexandria, VA.

Exploring the Sacred Sites of the American Covenant:

Officially, we begin our tour. These sacred sites of our history help us to explore and better understand what it means for us to be part of the American Covenant. To begin, we go to the George Washington Masonic Memorial. After which, is our tour at Mount Vernon. Following a break for lunch, we continue the day in the heart of Washington DC. We tour the US Capitol building before, finally, touring the sites and memorials peppered in the surrounding area. 

George Washington Masonic Memorial

A prominent tribute, this memorial stands in recognition of George Washington. Famously, George Washington served as the first President of the United States. However, this monument bares recognition to his status as a leader among the Freemasons. Traditionally, this building serves as a museum, educational center, and a venue for Masonic events. Freemasonry emphasizes symbolism, often drawing on tools and architectural symbols. For example, the memorial features a neoclassical design, standing at 333 feet; symbolizing the highest degree in Masonry. Easily we can make connections of the American Covenant with the Freemasons.

Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon is the historic plantation home of George Washington. Located in Virginia, it is a well-preserved estate on the banks of the Potomac River. Furthermore, the mansion showcases Georgian architecture and is surrounded by beautiful gardens. Basically, it serves a s a museum. However, it also opens our view into his life, the era in which he lived, and the background from which he comes. A family tomb on the grounds contains the final resting place of George Washington and his wife, Martha, as well as other family members.

US Capitol

Construction of this national building began in 1793 and has undergone several expansions and renovations since. Notably, the iconic dome of the building is topped with the Statue of Freedom. Visitors can explore the building through guided tour, and see the Rotunda. There, historical art and statues are housed and maintained. A hidden gem of this historic building, is the underground tunnel that connects the Capitol to the Library of Congress. 

Other memorials to be seen include: Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Martin Luther King Jr, and more!

Overnight in Alexandria, VA

The first part of the morning is spent driving the 3 hours from Washington DC to Philadelphia, PA. In Philadelphia we continue to expand our knowledge about the Sacred History of our nation and how it connects us to our part in the American Covenant. Sites include: Elfreth’s Alley Museum, Christ Church, Liberty Bell, and Independence Hall.

Elfreth’s Alley Museum

Elfreth’s Alley is a historic street in Philadelphia, also known for being one of the oldest residential streets in the United States. The street itself operates as a living history museum, offering a glimpse into colonial and early American life. Houses #124 and #126 itself make up the official museum of the alley.

Christ Church 

Established in 1695, Christ Church is one of the oldest churches in the United States. Attended by many historical figures, including George Washington and Benjamin Franklin. The churchyard contains the graves of several historical figures, including that of Benjamin Franklin and his wife Deborah. Homage to these great figures is sure to be expressed, especially as we understand their role in upholding our American Covenant.

Liberty Bell

Originally, the Liberty Bell served atop of Independence Hall (then, the Pennsylvania State House). The bell gained fame for its inscription, “Proclaim LIBERTY Throughout all the Land unto all the Inhabitants Thereof” (Lev. 25:10).  It serves as a symbol of freedom, including its crack that developed in the 19th century. In fact, the crack added to its reputation and legend. Currently, it is housed in a small museum across from Independence Hall.

Independence Hall

Formerly the Pennsylvania State House, Independence Hall is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This key historic building is both where the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution were debated and adopted. Clearly this site is historic for our nation, but also marks the renewal of the American Covenant for this generation. It also stands as a symbol of the birth of the United Staes of America.

Overnight in Philadelphia

After a wonderful day in Philadelphia, we say our goodbyes and look forward to New York. We will arrive and begin our Patriot Tour with a local guide of the city, before visiting sites such as, Federal Hall, and St. Paul’s Chapel. After lunch we will continue the tour, next stopping at Fraunces Tavern Museum. Finally, the group will visit the New York Manhattan Temple, where guests will have the opportunity to participate in ordinance work.

Federal Hall

Originally, the first Federal Hall building served as New York’s City Hall. Later, it became the nation’s first capitol building. It served as the venue for the First Congress and was where George Washington took the oath of office as the first President of the United States on April 30, 1789. The original structure no longer stands, however the current Federal Hall, built in 1842, serves as a museum and memorial. Preserving the historical legacy of the events that took place, as well as housing exhibits on early American history. A prominent features is the statue of George Washington on the steps, marking the spot where he was inaugurated. 

What a perfect site to enjoy learning about the American Covenant’s renewal and continuation through a great man.

St. Paul’s Chapel

During his presidency, George Washington attended services at St. Paul’s Chapel. As the oldest surviving church building in Manhattan, it boasts this connection. The pew he used is still marked and can be visited by those exploring the church. Remarkably, St. Paul’s Chapel survived the destruction of the World Trade Center Towers on 9/11. It served as a place of rest and refuge for recovery workers in the days following the attacks. As a result, there are various memorials and exhibits related to the chapel’s history with George Washingt0n, as well as its vital role in the aftermath of 9/11. Altogether, making this chapel a poignant and reflective destination for visitors.

Overnight in New York, New York.

Following breakfast, we say goodbye to New York. Turning our sights towards Massachusetts, leaving in order to find our next piece of the American Covenant journey. After our three hour drive, we arrive in New Port, Rhode Island. Additionally, we explore sites related to the early Pilgrims, as well as their association with the beginnings of the renewed American Covenant. Initially, we begin with the Naragansett Rune Stone. Following which, a visit to New Port Tower. Driving further, we see the Mayflower Replica and Plymouth Rock. Finally, a visit to the National Monument of the Forefathers.

Narragansett Rune Stone

This stone, also known as the Quidnessett Rock, has captivated the attention of many. Originally, weighing around 2.5 tons, and made from metasandstone, it was found in Rhode Island. Due to its mysterious origins, as well as its alleged connection to the Knights Templar. The Templars, a medieval Christian military order, have been the subject of numerous conspiracy theories and legends. The stone’s two rows of symbols have been compared to Templar symbols found in Europe, hinting at a possible Templar presence in North America.

New Port Tower

Just as mysterious as the Narragansett Stone, Rhode Island’s New Port Tower raises questions and speculation. The origin of this almost perfectly circular tower are completely unknown. However, many theories exist. Ranging from construction by the Norse, to the Knights Templar long before Columbus, to Benedict Arnold, the original Governor of Rhode Island. The later remains the current most likely of theories, but still has not been proven. A great wonder of the tower is its astronomical consistencies. Out of the 8 pillars at the base of the tower, 4 seem to be aligned with points of a compass. As well as a number of astronomical alignments with the towers windows.

Mayflower & Plymouth Rock

Famously known as the docking point for the early pilgrims, Plymouth Rock stands as a sacred site. The journey that began the trail of religious freedom and hope in a land of covenant promise. A replica of the Mayflower is often docked at Plymouth to offer visitors a glimpse into the crossing the Pilgrims overcame.

National Monument of the Forefathers

Standing at over 80 feet tall, this monument is an imposing granite sculpture used to honor the Pilgrims, and specifically, the Mayflower Compact. The central figure represents “Faith,” and around its base are allegorical statues representing other important values. Others include that of Morality, Law, Education, and Liberty.

Overnight in Boston, MA

As we continue our tour in Massachusetts we move onward to Lexington & Concord. After which, we will move on to Boston and its main American Historical Sites. 

Lexington & Concord

Famously, this location is attributed to the start of the Revolutionary War.  On April 19, 1775, British troops marched from Boston to Concord to seize colonial weapons. In Lexington the first shots were fired, leading to further skirmishes along the way. “The shot heard around the world” symbolizes the start of the war. The colonists successfully resisted the British, demonstrating their resolve for independence, and therefore, blazing a trail to follow. 

Paul Revere House

Paul Revere is a known key figure in the American Revolution for warning locals of the oncoming British Soldiers. His house in Boston still stands and is now used as a museum for showcasing artifacts and providing insights into his life and the events leading up to the Revolutionary War. Connected to Paul Revere is the Old North Church, which we will visit next. 

Bunker Hill

The Battle of Bunker Hill was a significant early conflict in the American Revolutionary War. Despite being named after Bunker Hill, most of the fighting occurred on nearby Breed’s Hill. The colonial forces, though ultimately forced to withdraw, inflicted heavy casualties on the British. The battle demonstrated the colonist’s ability to stand against professional armies and boosted their confidence in the fight for independence.

Boston Massacre

Occurring on March 5, 1770, British Soldiers fired on a crowd in Boston, killing five colonists. Tensions between the colonists and British troops escalated, fueled by resentment over taxes and a military presence. The incident became a propaganda tool for the American patriots, heightening anti-British sentiment and contributing to the road to the American Revolution.

Boston Tea Party Ship

Taking place on December 16, 1773, the American colonists protested British taxation without representation. Colonists dumped 342 chests of tea into the Boston Harbor, roughly worth over $1.7 million in todays currency. The Boston Tea Party & Museum offers a reenactment of this historic event, providing visitors with an immersive experience and insights into the political climate that led to this act of colonial defiance.

Overnight in Boston, MA.

Our journey of understanding the American Covenant and God’s hand in leading our sacred history of this nation, continues in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont today. We will visit lesser known, an equally important sites, such as the Westford Library, America’s Stonehenge, and Joseph Smith’s Birthplace Memorial.

Westford Knight

Mysteriously, a rock carving, located in Westford Massachusetts, has been found. This carving is thought to depicts a knight, possibly a Templar. Leaving behind speculation about pre-Columbian European presence in North America. However, mainstream archaeologists argue that the carvings origins are more likely colonial or Native American. The Westford Knight remains a subject of historical and archaeological debate.

America’s Stonehenge

Located in Salem, New Hampshire, this site was formerly known as Mystery Hill. Consisting of a complex arrangement of stone structures, chambers, and walls, which some believe may date backs over 4000 years. As a result, the purpose and identity of its builders remain subject of debate. Some theories suggest ceremonial, astronomical, or even migratory significance.

Joseph Smith Birthplace Memorial

As Joseph Smith is a key contributor to the American Covenant, we will visit his birthplace memorial. In Sharon, Vermont there is a a memorial that commemorates the birthplace of Joseph Smith Jr. The memorial inlcudes a granite obelisk, a visitors center, and a reproduction of the original Smith family log cabin. 

Overnight in Rutland Vermont.

Our journey continues as we go back to Pennsylvania and see sites of the current Restoration. Beginning with the Priesthood Restoration site, followed by a visit to the Harmony, Pennsylvania Temple.

Priesthood Restoration Site:

This site is associated with the pivotal event in early Church history, where the Priesthood Authority was restored on the earth. In May 1829, the Prophet Joseph Smith, and Oliver Cowdery, sought a secluded location along the Susquehanna River for prayer and reflection. As a result of these humble efforts, they were visited by the angel of John the Baptist. This visitation resulted in the receiving of the Aaronic Priesthood, and therefore, the authority to baptize in the name of Jesus Christ. Following this visitation, Joseph and Oliver used this new authority to baptize each other in the Susquehanna River.

Other key features of this site include the homes of Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery, as well as the Isaac Hale Home (where Joseph Smith lived when translating the Book of Mormon).

Overnight in Sayre, PA.

Visit the Hill Cumorah, Grandin Press and Smith Family Farm.

After we attend church services in the Palmyra ward, we take a visit to the Sacred Grove. Following, is the continuation of our American Covenant journey. We visit the Dunkirk Lighthouse on our way to Kirtland.

The Sacred Grove

This sacred site is a wonderful addition to our Sunday worship. Time is available here to reflect upon the significance of this event, including the personal influence it has had on you. In addition to the Sacred Grove, the Smith Family Farm includes other historic structures, such as the log home where the Smith family lived. Unfortunately, there are usually many mosquitos in this area, therefore we encourage guests to bring repellent for personal use.

Dunkirk Lighthouse

Dunkirk Lighthouse is a historic maritime structure on Lake Erie, serving both as a guiding beacon for ships, as well as a museum. Preserving the maritime history of the region, it stands as a testament to the importance of lighthouses. This lighthouse has played a crucial role in guiding maritime traffic on Lake Erie and ensuring the safety of ships entering Dunkirk Harbor. Its historical significance is tied to the maritime history of the region and the development of the trade and commerce on the Great Lakes.

Wondering how this lighthouse ties into the American Covenant? Well, you will have to join us on tour for that one!

Overnight in Mentor, Ohio

Today we visit the sites of Kirtland, Ohio, including the Kirtland Temple and the Emma & Joseph Home, as well as Historic Kirtland. Each of these sites are profound in their own way. Furthermore, we are so excited to explore their history and significance. Continuing, we drive onward towards geographical sites of the Book of Mormon. However, first, a stop at Fairport Harbor, before overnighting in Heath, Ohio.

Kirtland Temple

The Kirtland Temple was the first temple constructed after the restoration of the Church of Jesus Christ. Long-anticipated, the early church members made several sacrifices to see to the fulfillment of its construction. Following its dedication, heavenly visitations and important revelations occurred within the temple walls. Including events such as the appearance of Jesus Christ, Moses, Elias, and Elijah. Plus, the receipt of sections of the Doctrine and Covenants.

Due to financial difficulties and persecution in Kirtland, the Church eventually lost the ownership of the temple. Various religious denominations and other associations used the temple as a meeting house and other purposes. Eventually, efforts to restore and preserve the Kirtland Temple were made. Now, it is owned and operated by the Community of Christ.

Emma & Joseph Home

This home once belonged to Joseph and Emma Smith, while living in Kirtland. This home has only recently been restored, and as a result, is now open for guided tours of the property. We are excited to provide our guests with an opportunity to see this newly opened restored home.

Historic Kirtland

Including sites such as the visitors center, Newel K Whitney store, and downtown historic Kirtland. Missionaries will guide us through each site, as well as introduce us to sites of revelation and spiritual significance. 

Overnight in Heath, Ohio

Come with us as we visit these great mounds, connected to the evidence of the Book of Mormon and the origins of the American Covenant.

The Great Circle

Specifically, this mound built by ancient inhabitants of the continent, was formulated for protection. We can see in this video how this massive area would have been used to protect the people on top. 

Great Octagon

This earthwork is the largest on Earth. According to scientific carbon dating, this earthwork has been found to originate between 100-150 years after Christ. Interestingly, this scientific date adds a new measure of significance to the Great Octagon. Furthermore, as the site has been excavated, archaeologists come to recognize this site as sacred. Towards the front of the Octagon sacred artifacts are found, therefore causing archaeologists to land at this conclusion. 

Specifically, this site varies from other Hopewell sites, as it was not built in a manner of fortification and war. However, it was built in a way that would suggest the land was in a time of great peace. Therefore, this notion, along with the carbon dating of the mounds, lead us to believe that this ceremonial site was built as a result of Christ’s visitation to the inhabitants. Logically, this is the conclusion that can be drawn from available evidence.

Hopewell National Historic Park

The Hopewell people are known for their mysterious and grand earthwork structures. Supposedly, used for various purposes in the past, the earthworks are free to be explored and enjoyed as a park today. Of course, in our exploration of these earthworks, we aim to discover the evidence they leave behind. Especially, as to their connection with the Book of Mormon. In addition, for more specific details about the parallels between the Nephites and the Hopewell people, read this article.

Overnight in Wilmington, Ohio.

Visit Fort Ancient, as well as the Ark Encounter.

Ark Encounter

Central to the Ark Encounter attraction, is a life-sized replica of Noah’s Ark. Impressively, all measurements are as described in the Bible. Including a measurement of 510 feet long, 85 feet wide, and 51 feet high. A wooden masterpiece, to be sure. However, the original purpose and mission of this ark encounter is to provide a faith-based and educational experience for visitors, promoting the beliefs of Answers in Genesis.

Features of the Ark Encounter

Features include three decks worth of exhibits and displays, the Ararat Ridge Zoo, and Ziplines as well as a petting zoo. Plus, live entertainment and restaurants for visitors to enjoy. This Ark Encounter is a full-on theme park experience to be explored, enjoyed, and enlightened. 

Exhibits and displays depict scenes from the biblical story of Noah, as well as offers explanations of the Ark’s construction. Additionally, there is information about the flood and its aftermath. As a testament to the “two animals of every kind,” the zoo features a variety of animals. Overall aiming to provide visitors with the diversity that would have been seen aboard the ark. 

Get ready to be immersed in a fascinating world where history and adventure collide!

Sadly, today we say farewell to friends made. However, excited from the spiritual and educational feast of the tour. As we end the tour, we finish at the Cincinnatti Airport.

Payment Terms: a $300 pp deposit is required at the time of booking. Final Payment is due 90 days before tour departure.

**this tour is based on a minimum of 20 passengers and a maximum of 40 passengers

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