St. Paul's Church Lone Westchester Historical Site Closed During Shutdown

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St. Paul's historic grounds will be closed in Mount Vernon until the federal government shut down concludes.
St. Paul's historic grounds will be closed in Mount Vernon until the federal government shut down concludes. Photo Credit: Zak Failla

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. – St. Paul’s Church, Westchester County’s only National Historical Site, remains closed as part of the nation’s government shutdown.

When the federal government shut down on Tuesday, Oct. 1, all national parks and national historic sites had their gates shuttered to the public. Other notable locations include the Statue of Liberty, Elis Island and the FDR Homestead.

St. Paul’s, which is typically brimming with activity and visitors to its Mount Vernon location, was desolate on Wednesday, with its gate chained shut and its doors locked. A notice was posted at each lock that read, “Because of the Federal budget impasse, St. Paul’s Church National Historic Site is closed until further notice.”

Earlier this year, St. Paul’s began offering self-guided tours of its historic grounds, something that has become an immensely popular activity in the city. The grounds have a series of spiritual epitaphs that have been carved into gravestones over the last 300 years.

“The tours are something that a lot of seniors enjoy. It lets us get outside and it’s such a beautiful, religious location,” resident Ellie Marx said near the Wartburg campus. “Hopefully they are able to open back up soon.”

Outside of the locked gates, resident Eric Heard said he didn’t understand why the federal government shutdown would affect a “small, historic” church all the way in Mount Vernon. He joked that Mount Vernon residents should storm the gates; similar to what veterans did at the World War II Memorial on Tuesday.

“It just seems foolish to me that they would take the steps to simply shut down anything remotely related to the federal government. The economy is bad enough as it is,” he said. “Even if we aren’t allowed inside the church, the entire location shouldn’t be on lockdown. We should still be allowed to walk around the area.”

In Tuckahoe, Trustee Greg Luisi, a Republican, criticized the federal government for failing the people they are supposed to protect.

"I believe it is totally irresponsible of both political parties to allow the federal government to shut down. It is unfortunate that innocent citizens are being held hostage by its elected leaders in Washington," he said. "In the end, what has this failure to achieve a compromise accomplished? Surely not the confidence of the American people, but rather reassurance of how incompetent our political leaders can be." 

As a result of the shutdown, inquiries to officials at St. Paul’s were not immediately returned to The Daily Voice.

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Remember. It's the Obama administration deciding who is going to feel the pain. Blaming the Republicans when you have an inept President who will not negotiate is utterly ill informed.

The Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted all the money required to keep all government activities going, including St.Paul's church.

The House of Representatives' right to grant or withhold money is not a matter of opinion. Go check the Constitution of the United States, and by the way, your failure to understand this is laughable. All spending bills must originate in the House of Representatives, which means that Congressmen there have a right to decide whether or not they want to spend money on a particular government activity.
The money voted by the House of Representatives covered everything that the government does, except for ObamaCare. The Senate chose not to vote to authorize that money to be spent, because it did not include money for ObamaCare. That's your Democrat run Senate, taking orders from your Dear Leader Obama, who has shown more evidence of incompetence in the domestic affairs of this country, than he has representing America in foreign affairs overseas.

And that's saying something.

I see someone has stirred the teabags.

There is but one MAN responsible for this closing:

There IS ONE group responsible:
The Tea-Party caucus in the House of Representatives.

So stop the lying crap.

No one is EVER on that property, with the exception of the three office workers in the "museum" and a school trip every now and then in good weather.

Go see for yourself.

The irony is, that the cemetery holds the graves of heroes.

October, 1776.

Continental soldiers killed in battle holding off British and Hessian troops who tried to cutoff Washington's retreat from Harlem Heights to White Plains, at what is now Split Rock Golf Club in Pelham.

If they could only see this bullshi*t President and his government lackeys that have evolved from their sacrifice.

I'm sure they'd want their lives back.

This is what happens when you have an Emperor and a Ruling Class instead of a Constitutional Republic. There is no need to shut down any of these public places, NONE whatsoever. It is being done to inflict the maximum amount of pain on the few remaining tax-slaves who dare to believe that Obama and Dems are destroying this once great nation. How many of Barry's 1700 personal slaves are deemed "non-essential?" Isn't this kind of a plantation lifestyle?

While the 'second-tier' Historical site, St Paul's church is closed; Westchester's PREMIER Historical Sites;

TOM PAINE COTTAGE in New Rochelle and
WASHINGTON'S HEADQUARTERS in Tarrytown are both still open.

Visit them.
ANd the Tom Paine Cottage is holding a MOTOWN DANCE fundraiser this Saturday, October 5th.