2022… H: A to Z April Challenge: Time Traveling… “H” Honeymoon Mystery

I first thought of turning this topic of “Time Travel” into a stand-alone blog post… presenting on Letter T… but I’ll keep you guessing on that one… for the most part, I’ll be re-posting twenty-six of my favorite posts out of the 746 written on genealogy, family memories, crafting, food, recipes, and occasionally a smidgen of Chit-Chat.

YooHoo… I’m super excited to be back with everyone in the “7th” April A to Z Challenge… and my theme is “Time-Traveling” through my blog – “Everyone Has a Family Story to Tell“. If you have stumbled upon this post and wondering about the challenge… The Blogging A to Z April Challenge is one month of every-day blogging through the alphabet. 26 days, 26 letters, 26 posts! Daily blogging is Monday through Saturday… leaving Sunday to rest, read other blogs, and prepare for the following week! From the first day in 2016 when I happened upon this challenge… I”m still just as excited… and always eager to begin! Who doesn’t love a good time travel of events… so where would you travel to?

2022: Time Traveling… Letter “H”… all about me!

Originally Posted on April 17, 2017 

The “H”oneymoon Mystery

While searching for one photograph… I came across my in-laws honeymoon photos… and they called out to me… calling to tell their story! Out came my Nancy Drew hat! I had several small photographs… all same size… and seemed to have been taken in all the same area. And if I’m remembering correctly… she told that they were taken on their honeymoon… why didn’t I ask more questions!

Insalaco Cambino Celia wedding St Pauls ch

Cecelia (Cambino) and Stephen Insalaco married on June 5, 1947 at St. Paul’s Church in West Haven, Connecticut. And like all weddings… a reception followed… a reception at the Steven Heights Club in West Haven. Eddie Voss, a friend of the family owned it… and where many of the family held their parties and receptions. June 5th was on a Thursday… why that day… but I found several marriages in the family taking place on a Thursday!

St Paul collage

St. Paul’s Church in West Haven… where CeCelia and Steve Insalaco were married


What was happening in 1947 besides the wedding of Steve & Cecelia Insalaco?

Harry S. Truman (1945-1953) was President… Pakistan and India gained their independence from Great Britain (Who knew that?)… Pan American Airlines offered a round-the-world-ticket, the first commercial airline to do so… Congress proposes 2-term limitations on the presidency (was it not always that way?)… Baseball suspends Brooklyn Dodger Leo Durocher for 1 year… Babe Ruth Day celebrated at Yankee Stadium & throughout the U.S… Engagement of Britain’s Princess Elizabeth and Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten…  US Air Force created as a separate military service by the passing of the National Security Act… New York Yankees catcher Yogi Berra hits the first pinch-hit home run in Baseball World Series history off Ralph Branca in the 7th inning of a 9-8 loss to the Brooklyn Dodgers in Game 3… First telephone conversation between a moving car & a plane… “You Bet Your Life” with Groucho Marx premiered on ABC radio…  1st “Howdy Doody Show” (Puppet Playhouse), telecast on NBC.

Just a few things happening in 1947 when they married!


Weddingpic ruined Insalaco

Why are people compelled to cut others out of photos… this was a great photo at one time… I’m thinking the car in the rear might have been the honeymoon get-away car!

Steve Celia Insalaco leaving on honeymoon

Celia and Steve’s attire… leaving on honeymoon!

While I do remember hearing that they honeymooned in the Green Mountains of Vermont… I remember no more – no less! Now I have questions… but no one to answer them!

Insalaco Cambino wedding announcement

In 1947, pretty much if you could afford a honeymoon… it was by car or train… no one flew at that time. My father-in-law did have a car… so I’m sure they drove, and as I-91 and I-95 wasn’t in place yet… which route did they take? Rt. 1 was the main road that took you wherever you went… but as they went to Vermont, I’m assuming they took the also famous Rt. 7 which was on the most western side of the state and pretty much went straight up through Massachusetts into the Green Mountain National Forest area… it sounds like the most logical route.

Popular honeymoon destinations in this area, at that time, would have been the Pocono Mountains and Niagara Falls… so why The Green Mountains in Vermont? Did they really have a destination planned or just hit the highway!

(The announcement clinches as to their destination to Vermont… and by car! If only it had given their hotel name!)

We have driven through the Green Mountain area in Vermont… beautiful country roads… but how country was it in 1947? Vermont is home to more than 100 19th-century covered wooden bridges, and a major producer of maple syrup. We went one year in March for their opening of maple sugaring season… but as they married in June, I know they didn’t see any of that.

In the 40’s and 50’s, Route 7 was the most popular route for travel to Vermont… with a nickname of “The Green Mountain State” Rt. 7 would have been lined with mom and pop motels with iconic neon lights and names. Maybe my in-laws even ate at a diner, like the Blue Benn in Bennington, Vt. on Rt. 7… a very iconic vintage diner; we were lucky to get a morning table for breakfast on our last trip… with a working jukebox at our table! The Vermont Country Stores opened in 1946… wonder if they discovered one in their travels?

roads on honeymoon

Seems they stopped to take several “road” pics along the way… and definitely doesn’t look like the best of roads to travel! Steve remembers his parents as never having a camera… so who loaned them the camera? It was mostly the family in Shelton who had cameras… and if it was Uncle Tony, the best man… Steve’s sure that if they borrowed it… it was rented!

Celia on fence Honeymoon VT

Did they stop along the road for photos… young and silly… enjoying their honeymoon!

Steve Insalaco Honeymoon VT 2

I’m surprised Dad posed for this photo… guess  Celia was shooting for the mountains in the background, but she should have combed his hair. What I found the most interesting in this photo, was that he was driving in a suit and tie… Why?

As they possibly drove along Rt. 7… did they pass by the iconic Lake Champlain on Rt. 7, which would have you heading toward the border of Canada… how close did they go? When gas was needed… dad didn’t even have to step out of his car to pump during those days. I miss the old gas stations… you just pulled in and out came an attendant to pump your gas… wash your windows… and even check your oil… remember the bell that sounded as the wheels ran over the hose! 

The Green Mountain National Forest,  was established in  1932… and home to a variety of wildlife, including beaver, moose, coyote, black bear, white-tailed deer, wild turkey, and ruffed grouse! While they never mentioned seeing any… I’m sure they encountered wildlife at some point in their travels.

honeymoon Inn

I always thought this photograph possibly showed the Bed & Breakfast Inn where Celia and Steve spent their honeymoon. The pole in front with plaque is not quite readable in the photo, but seems to be what you’d see out front of an Inn…  looks like mountains on the sign with a name above. I did a Google image search on the photograph, but came up empty… well, I tried! When I posted this photo in our family group I wrote where I’d seen the word “club” but not sure I’m seeing that now… if it was only clearer!

Honeymoon BB colorized

I colorized the “Inn” photograph… but still of no help!

Vermont in the late 1940’s was covered with bed and breakfasts for honeymoon couples… and they all had chaise lounges… and look what’s in many of their photos… the famous honeymoon chaise lounges! Seems like there was nothing else to do there, but relax in those chaises!

Celia C Insalaco honeymoon VT

Seems there was a lot of relaxing on this honeymoon!

Steve Insalaco Honeymoon VT 3
Steve Insalaco Honeymoon VT

Dad takes his turn in relaxing… well at least the tie came off!

Celia honeymoon

And look… they even found adirondack chairs… the sign behind Celia puzzles me though, as it says… “crossing this lawn Prohibited by order of the Police.” Are they outside a jail… Canadian border?

Celia C Insalaco honeymoon VT 4
Celia C Insalaco honeymoon VT 3
Celia C Insalaco honeymoon VT with friend

Celia seemed to even have found a friend while lounging… and she certainly seemed to enjoy her pin-up posing… even in front of a garden!

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Celia’s “souvenir” fan from her Vermont honeymoon


Even though I have their honeymoon photos… with all the many poses on those chaise lounges… standing by the roads… sitting on a fence rail… and her souvenir fan… it will always be a mystery as where they actually went in Vermont on their honeymoon… even with Nancy Drew’s help!

UPDATE: I may have discovered the Inn my in-laws honeymooned at with the help of fellow blogger, Donna Smith. She went on a search after spotting the word “Top”, along with a longer name on the hanging sign at the Inn’s door, and soon discovered Mountain Top Inn in Chittenden, Vermont in a search. As she looked through their gallery photos, she discovered a photo of the mountain range off their back deck that seemed to look identical to one of mine. She went one step further in layering the two photos together… those images seem to mesh identical! You can view the original photo of my father in law up above. I’ve emailed the Inn, hoping someone there will read my blog post and compare their property to older photos of it in the late 1940’s… 1947 to be exact. Stay tuned!

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24 Responses to 2022… H: A to Z April Challenge: Time Traveling… “H” Honeymoon Mystery

  1. Anne Young says:

    It is a pity that the photo was cut with people being retrospectively removed – I can’t think it helps, as the person who did the cutting would know and remember them every time they looked at the photo later.

    Some very nice photos of Celia on her honeymoon though.

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  2. Anne Young says:

    I think the people cut out are Louise and Mary Insalaco, sisters of the groom who were among the three attendants of the bride – only one bridesmaid left in the photo. There must be more to the story.

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  3. Interesting story and photos. I have only been to Vermont three times in my life, although living about 3 1/2 hours from it. We ate in Bennington’s Blue Benn diner in September and I blogged about it for A to Z. Our jukebox didn’t work, though! I don’t have any information about Vermont in 1947, unfortunately. But, I was just thinking that Norman Rockwell was living near Bennington (in Arlington) during their honeymoon period; wouldn’t it have been something if your inlaws had somehow made it into one of his Saturday Evening Post covers? Alana ramblinwitham

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    • I’ve eaten at the Blue Benn… had a little wait but everyone super friendly, food great snd my jukebox worked! Spent several quarters! Yes wouldn’t that have been grand for them to have made the cover of the Saturday Evening Post!


  4. Donna Smith says:

    I think I found it! The Inn. The name looked like some long word and “Top”…so I did a search in VT and came up with this https://mountaintopinn.com/gallery/!!!! Look at your first image of the groom lounging…then on the site an image of the mountains with water and field. You can line up the horizon perfectly! The building is different but the setting is the same! Tried to send the pictures but I can’t message you.

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  5. I think I’ll contact the inn and have them look at blog pics… maybe they have older photos of what original site looked. I read it burned in 70’s and they rebuilt.


  6. afshan18 says:

    This post instantly took me to past – Life in 40s – probably when my granny granpa were young. Yes India did get independence in 47 🙂 I love ur free flow of writing style. Kudos to ur friend who took the pain to research which place in Vermont it is. Hope you get response from hotel..
    Enjoyed the post

    Good day – Dropping by from A to Z – https://afshan-shaik.blogspot.com/

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  7. Pradeep says:

    Very interesting story and photos. Thank you for dropping by my blog and for the comments. Looking forward to your posts.
    A2Z Blogging Challenge

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  8. Dino says:

    Good detective work.
    I love how you managed to superimpose that last photo over the location.

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  9. My grandmother had amazing photo albums of her honeymoon and other trips they took with family and friends. I still have all the pictures but haven’t filled in the pieces like you did for your in-law honeymoon. Maybe someday. Weekends In Maine


  10. dyannedillon says:

    How fabulous to have those wedding and honeymoon photos! My grandma used to cut herself out of photos. My mom said it was because she was heavy (not by today’s standards) and didn’t like the way she looked.

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