Drive By History returns to NJTV on Wednesday, May 13 at 8 p.m. with its fourth season and premieres for the first time on WLIW21 on Thursday, May 21 at 7:30 p.m. Host Ken Magos investigates the stories behind New Jersey and New York’s roadside history markers to find out what happened and why it matters. With the help of highly esteemed historians and experts, he discovers hidden details and rare insights that give the history new meaning.
Episode 1: SUFFRAGE: THE WOMEN WHO WON THE VOTE. Premieres May 13 at 8 p.m.
Rare photographs, private access to the New Jersey home of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and a modern day Long Island suffragist are all part of this investigation, as host Ken Magos explores our region’s many connections to the women who won the right to vote.
Episode 2: WALT WHITMAN. Premieres May 20
Join host Ken Magos as he discovers the profound effect Long Island, Brooklyn, and Camden, NJ, and the rest of our region had on famed writer, Walt Whitman. The episode will also reveal the forgotten war that raged between New York and New Jersey for years.
Episode 3: THE LONG ISLAND EXPERIMENTS OF NIKOLA TESLA. Premieres May 27
Discover the dramatic new technology Nikolai Tesla attempted to harness at Wardenclyffe, his Long Island laboratory nearly lost to history. We’ll also see a real-time archeological dig at New Jersey’s Trent House.
Episode 4: SYLVESTER MANOR. Coming in June
Host Ken Magos is treated to a private tour of Shelter Island’s Sylvester Manor, one of only a few remaining plantations that once dotted the northern U.S. The episode will also investigate Thomas Edison’s weightier inventions.
Episode 5: SPIES OF LONG ISLAND. Coming in June
Dive into the history of a Long Island spy ring that foiled cunning schemes by the British during the American Revolution. We’ll also get an idea of what the region really looked like during colonial times, at New Jersey’s Buck Gardens.
Episode 6. MISUNDERSTOOD HESSIANS and AVIATION FIRSTS. Coming in June
Host Ken Magos takes a look back to the German Hessians who fought in New Jersey and their unexpected connection to “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” On a visit to the Cradle of Aviation Museum, we’ll learn why a slew of aviation firsts all occurred within a few square miles of each other on Long Island.