In the center of it all stands the town of Johnsburg and the hamlet of North Creek. Like the wooden decking of the Railroad Depot Station - this quiet and somewhat hidden little town on the edge of the mighty Hudson River has witnessed a lot of history pass by.
So what is the value of history? Why should we care what happened 50, 100, or even 200 years ago? Well - whether your family arrived here by walking across a land bridge in Alaska, a wooden ship from Europe, or via the Garden State Parkway - we are bound by a sense of place and purpose in a land that for us is timeless.
As White pointed out - what we do today and how we pay respect to the past, will define the future for people we will never meet. The real value of history and our appreciation for it lies in the realization that we are living it every day.
When we look ahead to 2054, what we see is every bit as important as what happened in 1354. While standing upon White's shore, we can contemplate the beauty of the world around us. Through this, we remember that it is history that casts "shadows on the rocks and the glint of light on the wavelets."
Whether the history we are living is our own or someone else's, we just have to remember that either way, it will always be the story of all of us.
Brett Hagadorn is the editor of the News Enterprise. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org