holy land usa

1Holy Land USA, easily seen if you lift your eyes off of I-84E in Waterbury, CT, I have wanted to visit for years.  It is not easy to access.  Built in the early 1950’s by lawyer and evangelist John Greco, the 17-acre Biblical theme park closed several years before Greco’s death in 1986.  It has deteriorated since, picked clean of most artifacts and sculptures.  It is off-limits, with threatening signs, perhaps since July 2010, when a deranged local youth killed his girlfriend and dumped her body here.  I only entered as far as the former parking lot.

It was once a vacation destination, receiving as many 44,000 visitors a year.  Now it is a monument to post-Christian America, screaming neglect.

Elsewhere, as the secular iconoclasts – who differ from the ISIS ones by largely being non-violent – stalk the land, stripping public spaces of our Christian heritage, we lose part of our history and selves.

About Ben

Ben Batchelder has traveled some of the world's most remote roads. Nothing in his background, from a degree in Visual & Environmental Studies at Harvard to an MBA from Wharton, adequately prepared him for the experiences. Yet he persists, for through such journeys life unfolds. Having published four books that map the inner and exterior geographies of meaningful travel, he is a mountain man in Minas Gerais, Brazil who comes down to the sea at Miami Beach, Florida. His second travel yarn, To Belém & Back, received a starred review from Publishers Weekly. For more, visit www.benbatchelder.com.

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