**TOP PICK OF
OUR CONNECTICUT ROADTRIP**
Excerpts from Beth:
is your name?" We are the Roadchix!!
"What is your quest?" Holyland USA!!!!
A true quest, Holyland USA was a quirky find on our favorite
Roadside America. We had very little information except that
it was 1) in Waterbury 2) UP on a hill and 3) There were small
signs to help direct us.
One pass through on the main thoroughfare yielded nothing,
so we paused at a parking lot/info station to get our bearings.
As if we'd heard a cry from heaven, we looked up and saw a
fraction of a giant white cross poking over a hilltop. That
must be it!! It was the cross that was highlighted in the
web tip we'd found. Illuminated at night and visible for miles,
it was the reason
that the children of Waterbury, CT believed that Jesus was
electrocuted on the cross.
we had one point of reference, but still needed to FIND Holyland
USA. So up we drove. . . any time we came to an intersection,
we chose the direction that would take us UP. Higher and higher,
and finally, a tiny, rusted sign simply
reading "Holyland" with an arrow. . . and then another.
. . and then another. . . and finally, we arrived in front
of a chipped plaster archway with a locked chain link gate.
. . our Mecca!
Holyland USA was the brainchild of John Greco in the early
1950's when he received a "message from God." It
was blessed with thousands of tourists each year in the 1960's
and 1970's who came to see the various plaster and tin dioramas
and models depicting the Holy Land.
Officially closed since 1984, the Roadchix were 20 years
too late to view its splendor and visit the gift shop. The
local nuns who own the place do not maintain the attraction,
but were kind enough to leave an opening in the gate between
the "no trespassing" signs. How sweet of them. No
We scoped out Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Herod's Tomb and other
thrilling sites. Admittedly, the headless plaster donkey was
a tad creepy, and the hounds that began to bark upon realizing
We retraced our steps to the car and somehow made it off
the mountain. We highly recommend a pilgrimage to Holyland
for the seasoned road-tripper. Just make sure you can run
faster than a nun.