Posted by: RasmaSandra | January 21, 2019

Exploring Bangor and the State of Maine

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The University of Maine Museum of Art has a permanent collection with more than 3,800 artworks from the 20th century. There are also traveling exhibits and workshops. The museum provides classroom resources and visits to schools in Bangor.

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The Hudson Museum also a part of the University of Maine has found its home in the Collins Center of the Arts. It offers a large collection of historical artifacts and items from different cultures around the world. The permanent exhibits include over 2,000 pre-Columbian ceramics, Northwest coast art, 900 objects from the Maine Indians and ceramics from other Native American cultures.

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Acadia National Park is a rugged wilderness just off the coast of Maine. The park consists of Mount Desert Island and several smaller islands. It is the oldest national park east of the Mississippi River. Acadia is home to  Isle au Haut,

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Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse,

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the Schoodic Peninsula, and Cadillac Mountain which is the tallest peak along the eastern seaboard. Visitors can enjoy a variety of activities like hiking, biking, boating, fishing, picnicking, camping, or horseback riding. In the wintertime, there is skiing, snowmobiling, and ice fishing.

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Mount Desert Island is known locally as MDI. The island is home to 10,000 people. Tourists flock here in the summertime. The highest point on the island is Cadillac Mountain. You can hike, camp, shop, or visit local attractions.

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Jordan Pond is a lovely body of water inside Acadia and was formed by a glacier. It has clear and clean water. No swimming is allowed but visitors can go on the water in kayaks, canoes, or other small watercraft. The pond is surrounded by rolling hills and open fields. You can hike around the pond, go biking on the trails, relax at the bars, clubs, and taverns.

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The only full-service restaurant in Acadia is the Jordan Pond House.

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Mount Hope is the second oldest garden cemetery in the U.S. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Dating from 1836 the cemetery covers 300 partially-wooded acres that overlook the Penobscot River.

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The landscaped grounds include trees, shrubs, flowers, and monument. Paved roads make it easy to walk about or drive.

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There are many tales of the legendary folk hero Paul Bunyan all across America. Everyone knows he’s a towering lumberjack with a large ax and has a blue ox named Babe. He cleared huge amounts of forest to make way for settlements and farms. The city of Bangor has put claim to him as their own and shows it by this statue which is the tallest ever. The fiberglass-over-metal statue stands at 31 feet and weighs 3700 pounds. It stands in Bass Park in front of the Bangor Civic Center.

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The Penobscot River Walkway is a paved, half-mile stretch along the Penobscot River. The trail can be used for walking, biking, in-line skating, and fishing. It is part of the Waterfront Park which has picnic tables, boat slips, and restrooms. All year long different events are held in the park like open-air concerts in the summertime.

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A sight to see is the Stephen King House. You cannot go in because it is the famous horror author’s house but you just have to see the iron gates that are decorated with spiders, bat-winged creatures, and a three-headed reptile. All of it to get your imagination dancing and perhaps if you are imaginative enough you might think that at any moment the scary clown from IT might come to open the gates for you.

Sightseeing in Maine

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Augusta the capital of Maine is the ninth-largest city in the state. It stretches along the Kennebec River.

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Among the highlights in the city are the historic Blaine House which is the official residence of the Governor of Maine,

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the Lithgow Public Library,

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the Maine State Museum,

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the Capitol Building, and

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the Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine located at the University of Maine at Augusta.

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While in Augusta take a look at the Old Fort Western which is a wooden fort that was built in 1754 and sits on the banks of the Kennebec River. It is the oldest fort of its kind in New England and is the nation’s oldest stockade fort. It is a National Historic Landmark and offers exhibits and information on the fort and the history of the area during the mid-18th century.

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Kennebunkport is a little coastal town which is very popular in the summertime. You can see stately homes of former ship captains some of which has been restored and become bed-and-breakfasts.

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There are restored dockside buildings around Dock Square that are filled with galleries, boutiques, and restaurants.

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Parsons Way a scenic path begins at the square and goes along the shore to Walker’s Point.

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Among the highlights are the Brick Store Museum and

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the Wedding Cake House.

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In Kennebunkport, you’ll also find the summer home of 41st President of the United States George H. W. Bush. The Bush Compound located on Walker’s Point and is home to a city park known as Damon Park. It has been a family retreat for over a century.

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Goat Island Lighthouse

Two miles east of Dock Square you’ll find the still active fishing village of Cape Porpoise with shops, galleries and working lobster boats. The highlights include the Seashore Trolley Museum.

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Once a shipping port Boothbay Harbor is now a summer resort. It is the largest boating harbor north of Boston, Massachusetts. It is the home port to working lobster boats and cruise vessels. From here visitors can choose to go deep-sea fishing, take river and ocean cruises, go whale watching or join a local lobsterman hauling traps.

The downtown area has seafood restaurants, antique shops, and art galleries that host over 200 artists and craftspeople who live and summer in the area. It has been a haven for artists since the early 1800s.

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Take a look at the Opera House and

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the Carousel Music Theater as well as the Maine State Aquarium and the Boothbay Railway Village.

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Monhegan is a small island ten miles off the coast of Maine. It has a long history of being an artists’ colony. The island has no paved roads or cars. All of the 75 year-round residents are in the fishing and lobstering business. Monhegan has rugged granite cliffs actually the highest ocean cliffs in Maine. Along with the artists who create artwork here there are many studios and galleries.

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Old Orchard  Beach is an old-fashioned beach resort. It has a pier and thrill rides. The full-scale amusement park on the beach is the only such remaining one in New England.

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At Palace Playland you can expect all the usual rides including a Ferris Wheel that will take you right over the waves, a roller coaster and an old-fashioned carousel among others. On the pier, you’ll find fries, soft ice cream, saltwater taffy, and fried dough.

The highlight here is the golden sand beach with a barrier of grassy dunes. It is the only beach in Maine at which you can arrive by train since the Amtrak station is opposite the pier and amusement park.

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The Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland has collections that include some of America’s most prominent late 19th and 20th-century landscape artists. In a separate building which was once a church, you can see the artwork of James Wyeth and N.C. Wyeth.

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The museum also arranges tours of the Olsen House which was made famous in several

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works by Andrew Wyeth, the best-known being his 1948 painting Christina’s World.

The museum is in Rockland’s historic downtown with 19th-century mercantile buildings.

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Other highlights include the Owl’s Head Light and the Owl’s Head Transportation Museum.

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The city is also home port to the Maine Windjammer Fleet and you can see the historic sailing ships moored here.

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Nubble Light is most likely New England’s most photographed lighthouse. It sits on its own islet just off the rocky point of Cape Neddick. Usually, you can see waves breaking against the rocks.

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The city of Bath is popular with tourists because of its unique 19th-century architecture. It is referred to as “City of Ships” due to its long history in the shipbuilding and iron working industries.

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Some of the highlights here include the Maine Eastern Railroad,

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the Chocolate Church Arts Center, the Bath Skate Park, and

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the Marine Maritime Museum.

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A popular spot for hiking is The Whiskeag Trail.

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Coastal Main Botanical Gardens in Boothbay is a lovely 270-acre garden with paths winding through themed gardens with native and exotic plants. The kitchen garden and a garden for the five senses offer plants with heady fragrances, flavors, and textures.

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Children of all ages enjoy the children’s garden with a woodland village of fairy houses. Walking trails lead to the shore. There are daily tours. A large collection of original sculpture by regional artists highlight the gardens and art exhibitions are held in the visitor center.

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The Bay of Fundy is shared between the U.S. and Canada. It has the highest tide range in the world and can recede up to 55 feet at certain times of the year. Tourist love this destination since it has dense forests, lovely islands and islets, and beautiful parks.

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A popular area is the Hopewell Rocks. You can go sea kayaking, take a whale watching trip or go hiking. The Canadian city of Saint John is easily accessible.

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Marginal Way is one of the most beautiful walking paths in Maine. It offers views of the Atlantic Ocean and starts at Perkins Cove stretching 1.25 miles to the middle of Shore Road.

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You can have amazing views of the ocean and Ogunquit Town all along the path. There are places to stop and relax on the way.

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Camden Hills State Park is home to Mount Battie, a peak that offers incredible views of the surrounding area. Visitors can enjoy panoramic views of the town of Camden, Penobscot Bay, Acadia National Park, and Mount Megunticook from the top of Mount Battie.

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In the town of Camden, you can enjoy harbor tours, whale watching trips, and puffin spotting adventures. The town has a long history going back to 1768 and was originally inhabited by Native Americans. Its economy centers on shipbuilding. Visitors enjoy the surrounding rugged mountains, lovely lakes, and rivers.

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The Norumbega Inn is an amazing place to stay in Camden. It was built for Joseph Barker Stearns who was the president of Franklin Telegraph Company. He chose to have a European-style castle built in 1886 and called it the Norumbega Castle. It is now a landmark along the Penobscot Bay.

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The Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge is a popular destination for migratory birds. It has thick boreal forests, a tidal salt marsh, and a stretch of wooded uplands.

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There are unique species of birds and planes not found in other parts of Maine. Walking paths extend throughout the refuge for bird watching.

 

 

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Posted by: RasmaSandra | January 17, 2019

Taking a Look at Portland

Our armchair travels through the U.S. have taken us to Maine which is the northeasternmost U.S. state. It is known for its rocky coastline, maritime history, and beauty of nature.

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Our first stop is Portland a city set on a peninsula that extends into Casco Bay.

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Take a walk along Commercial Street which stretches along the water. Here you can find many restaurants, cafes, bars, and boutiques. Both locals and tourist love to walk here and catch the sea breezes, watch the ships, and see fishermen with their catches. There are cobblestone streets with charming buildings from the late 19th and 20th centuries.

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Among the architectural gems here is the Customs House.

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The Portland Observatory is a symbol of Portland’s rich maritime heritage and offers fantastic views over the harbor. Its historic tower stands on Munjoy Hill. Built in 1807 the tower provided communication between ships and the shore through the use of signal flags and a telescope. Unfortunately, the telescope disappeared from the tower in 1939. It has been designated a National Historic Landmark and the 86-foot tall tower is now a museum. Guided tours are available.

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The Art District

The Portland Museum of Art is the oldest and largest public art institution in Maine. It is located in the downtown district of the city referred to as The Arts District. The museum has a collection of more than 17,000 decorative and fine arts objects dating from the 18th century to the present. The artworks are divided into different genres like the State of Maine Collection, the European Collection, the American-art based Elizabeth B. Noyce Collection, with works by Homer, Rodin, Degas, Bellows, and Wyeth.

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The museum has three architecturally significant buildings and the Charles Shipman Payson Building stands as the face of the museum since its opening in 1983. The museum also hosts educational programs and events all year long.

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Victoria Mansion is also known as the Morse-Libby House and is one of America’s finest examples of pre-Civil War opulence. It was built between 1858 and 1860 as a summer home for Ruggles Sylvester Morse, a proprietor of luxury hotels born in Maine and made his fortune in New Orleans. It was built in the Italian villa style. The interiors were designed by Gustave Herter and still have most of the original furnishings he designed for the original owner. Guided tours are available from May through October.

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The Children’s Museum and Theater of Maine offers interactive education and learning for all ages. Located in the Arts District the museum features many different hands-on displays and exhibits to encourage children to use their imagination to explore, discover, and learn. Among the permanent exhibits are Coco’s Diner where children can pretend they run a diner and Car Repair Shop where children can try out their hands at mechanics.

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The Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Company & Museum was founded in 1992. It was established to preserve Maine’s historic two-foot gauge railroad equipment and to educate the public about the importance and heritage of the state’s railway system. It is housed in the Portland Company Marine Complex and includes interesting rolling stock and historical artifacts from the narrow gauge railways that ran in the late 19th century and early 20th century.

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Visitors can have their choice of programs and presentations like the Diesel Guest Engineer where you can try your hand at operating a 23-ton, four-axle diesel-electric locomotive or you can sit back and enjoy ice cream and see lovely views of the Casco Bay on the Ice Cream Train trip.

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Odyssey Whale Watch will take you out to the sea to look for whales, dolphins, sharks, sunfish, and seabirds. Visitors take tours on the Odyssey, a fully-equipped vessel that has seating and decks for great viewing.

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You will hear interesting and informative facts about the ocean environment and the sea animals. The tour will take you to the feeding grounds of whales and lasts for about four hours. Refreshments are available onboard.

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You’ll find the world’s largest 3D scale model of the Earth just ten minutes from Portland and two hours from Boston, Massachusetts. The Earth rotates and simulates the planet’s movements. The globe is nearly 42 feet in diameter and is open to the public from Monday to Friday 9 AM to 5 PM. It is operated by Garmin Yarmouth manufacturer of handheld GPS devices with satellite communication.

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The Islands of Casco Bay or the Calendar Islands are located just off the coast of Maine. They can be reached by ferries. Casco Bay Lines offer year-round service to the

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larger islands, the last stop is at Cliff Island which is great for biking and walking.

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Peaks Island has lovely sandy beaches, restaurants, and an artist’s community.

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Great Diamond Island offers a historical look at the former parade grounds of Fort McKinley.

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The Maine Historical Society was founded in 1922 and located in the Arts District. It is a museum where you can learn about the history of Maine. The MHS and museum consists of the Wadsworth-Longfellow House and Longfellow Garden, the MHS Research Library, the Maine Historical Society Museum and Store and the Maine Memory Network, which is a digital museum through which the MHS runs its educational programs.

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It is located on a campus across from Monument Square and is open to the public all year round.

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The Wadsworth-Longfellow House was built in 1785 by General Peleg Wadsworth. Today it is a historic house and museum. In 1962 it was designated as a National Historic Landmark. It is the oldest standing structure on the Portland peninsula and is the childhood home of well-known American poet Henry Wadsworth. The house documents the lives of four generations of the Wadsworth and Longfellow families.

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Portland Head Light is a historic lighthouse in Cape Elizabeth. It sits on a head of land at the entrance to the primary shipping channel into Portland Harbor. I was completed in 1791 and is the oldest lighthouse in Maine. When visiting you’ll notice the waves crashing over some unique rock formation which is quartzite and dark grey phyllite that has accumulated in alternating layers. Looking toward Portland Harbor and Casco Bay you’ll notice another four lighthouse towers.

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To the left (North) is Spring Point Ledge Light built in 1897. It is a caisson style light station at the end of a rock breakwater.

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Right in front is Ram Island Ledge Light dating from 1905 whose beacon now is solar powered.

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Beyond Ram Island and only visible on a clear day is Halfway Rock Light Station from 1871 and to the right (South) is Cape Elizabeth Light which is one of two towers originally built and the remaining operating tower dates from 1874.

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Two Lights State Park got its name from the original twin lighthouses built in 1929 that were the first twin lighthouses on the coast of Maine. The eastern light is active but not open to the public and the western one is now a private home. These towers were painted by Edward Hopper in his famous painting Lighthouse at Two Lights. There are picnic tables on the hills with spectacular ocean views. You can hike or stroll enjoying the sea breezes and watch the ships.

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Fort Williams Park is a 90-acre park in Cape Elizabeth. It includes numerous historical sites. It is a great place to picnic, fly a kite, take a walk, tour the arboretum, walk the cliff side loop, explore the rocky beach, and enjoy the playground.

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Children will love The Children’s Garden. Vendors offer lobster rolls, sandwiches, and gelato.

 

 

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Posted by: RasmaSandra | January 14, 2019

New Hampshire Off the Beaten Path

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Lake Francis State Park is situated on an inlet of Lake Francis where the Connecticut River enters from the First and Second Connecticut lakes in the town of Pittsburgh. The rapids in the river can be viewed from the park. A major attraction in the park is the wildlife as there are 123 different species of birds including bald eagles, loons, and endangered woodpeckers. Other visitors from the animal kingdom are deer, moose, and bear.

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Hikers have a choice of trails here – an easy trail runs through the woods along the Connecticut River leading from the campground to a covered bridge 1 ½ miles away and another trail offers a 3-mile hike up the slopes of Mount Galloway, the highest mountain in the area.

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The climb is rather steep but the view from the top is spectacular. Both hikers and bicyclists enjoy the old logging roads that wind in and around the park. At Lake Francis the fishing is good and a boat or canoe can be rented. The park has a public boat launch. For camping, each campsite has a fireplace, picnic table, flat area for a tent and a parking space. There is running water, flush toilets, coin-operated showers, and a dump station.  Not far from the park is a swimming beach, a stable where one can rent horses and riding trails.

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Shelburne Birches Memorial Forest Along the highway at Shelburne is a dense stand of paper birches which are dazzlingly graceful with their white bark and shimmering leaves. From this kind of tree the North American Indians made their birch bark canoes and come of the ones which grow here are giants – among the largest to be found in the eastern U.S. An unusual thing to see along a well-traveled highway, the forest, a commemoration of Shelburne citizens who served in WWII, was established soon after the war’s end. The white birch is the official state tree of New Hampshire.

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Castle in the Clouds – Located in Moultonborough. A lovely place in the Ossipee Mountains near Lake Winnipesaukee. This place was the creation of multimillionaire Thomas Gustave Plant who wanted to live in a place where he could only see beauty all around. He purchased 6000 acres of woodland and built his mansion on a promontory with views of the island-studded lake below and the White Mountains in the distance.

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Plant had European artists and craftsmen working on the place and the estate was finished in 1910 at a cost of $7 million and named the mansion Lucknow after a castle in Scotland. On the grounds, there are miles of carriage roads and riding trails winding through the woods fragrant with pines also waterfalls, ponds, streams and hilltops with breathtaking views. There are garden walks and tours of the mansion whose stained glass windows depict some of the scenery. You can feed the giant trout in Shannon Pond. There is an Art Gallery on the premises and the Carriage House Café and Patio.

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Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site – The house which is located in Cornish is set on high ground and circled by lawns and distant views of the Vermont Hills. It was once the home of one of America’s most distinguished sculptors Augustus Saint-Gaudens who bought the place in 1885 as a summer home but from 1900 till his death in 1907 he lived there permanently. He combined his interests in gardening and the styles of the classical Greek and Roman periods to create a fairyland of porticoes and wide vistas, of colonnades and formal gardens.

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There are two studios on the premises the Gallery and the Temple (where the artist is buried) and you can see some of Saint-Gaudens’s most famous works. The artist’s father who was an immigrant shoemaker encouraged his son in his artistic endeavors. The sculptor named the estate Aspet after his father’s birthplace in France. Many young artists have studied with Saint-Gaudens. In 1962 the place was declared a National Historic Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Birthplace of Daniel Webster is in Franklin. Daniel Webster was born on January 18, 1782, and was the son of a poor farmer. He became one of America’s prominent statesmen. Throughout his long career, he was a lawyer, legislator, Cabinet officer, and presidential aspirant. Daniel Webster was renowned for his oratorical eloquence, powerful presence, and championship of national unity. He was New England’s most respected and influential spokesman for 40 years. Webster who died in 1852 was elected to the Senate Hall of Fame in 1957. His birthplace is a small single-story dark gray clapboard building with cedar shingles. The two-room interior has wide floorboards, a brick fireplace, a bench, and a table. Picnicking is allowed at the site.

 

 

 

 

Posted by: RasmaSandra | January 11, 2019

Traveling Around New Hampshire

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New Hampshire has the shortest seacoast of any coastal state in the U.S. There are many wonderful things to see and do in this state which includes the beautiful White Mountains. There are lovely ocean and lake beaches. The beauty of nature in any season.

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 Mt. Washington Cog Railway is the easiest way to get to the top of Mount Washington which is the highest elevation in the northern Appalachians. This was the first cog railway of its kind in the world back in 1869. At the top, you’ll find the Sherman Adams Visitors Center with a small museum, a cafeteria,

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and the Mount Washington Observatory. This research station studies extreme weather conditions. From the Pinkham Notch side of the mountain, you can drive up the six-and-a-quarter-mile-long Mount Washington Auto Road or ride a van operated from Great Glen Trails. Those who want to climb have a choice of several trails.

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The Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway was the first aerial tramway in North America. It carried the first passengers to the summit high above Franconia Notch in 1938. From the top on a clear day, you can see New Hampshire’s Presidential Range and the mountains in Vermont, New York, and Canada. Take the Rim Trail to the observation tower from where you can get fantastic views all around and straight down into the floor of the notch. A notch is a pass that was carved through the mountain range by retreating glaciers and Franconia is one of the biggest notches in the White Mountains.

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In Franconia Notch State Park you’ll find Flume Gorge which is an 800-foot-long crack in the rock at the base of Mount Liberty. Its walls rise 70 to 80 feet above the brook flowing through it. You can follow along on a boardwalk just feet above the water. Once the big sheet of ice forming the notch melted, torrents of water ran down the valley and carved out a 20-foot smooth-bottom depression in the solid granite of the mountain.

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Signs will lead you to The Basin where

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the Pemigewasset River still flows continuing the process that began 10,000 years ago. In the park, there are many hiking trails, a campground and Echo Lake State Park with a lovely sandy beach and boat rentals.

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Mount Monadnock is the world’s most climbed mountain due to the fact that you can climb it in one day. There are various trails for different abilities. This mountain stands alone providing climbers with impressive views all around. You can see the beauty of nature and villages across the entire southwest corner of New Hampshire. This is referred to as the Monadnock region and also the “Currier & Ives Corner” for the sight of idyllic villages with white church spires and covered bridges.

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Among the charming villages here are Fitzwilliam,

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Jaffrey Center,

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Hancock,

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and Harrisville.

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North Conway was one of the first ski resorts in America and remains today a major ski destination. This is a six mountain resort in the Mt. Washington Valley.

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Visitors have a wide choice of cross-country (Nordic) skiing, snowshoeing, sledding, dog-sledding, sleigh rides, and ice skating. While others can pursue downhill skiing. Most of the resorts are four-season and also offer golf, tennis, swimming and other activities.

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In the summertime, Cranmore Mountain has an Aerial Adventure Park and Mountain Coaster. Attitash Bear Park offers visitors an alpine slide, water slides, mountain bike trails, and horseback riding.

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Wildcat Mountain is a challenge for skiers and offers fantastic views of Mt. Washington from the summit.

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On the other side of Mt. Washington you’ll find Bretton Woods also with a zip line and all season activities. Family-friendly ski areas are Black Mountain and King Pine. You’ll find one of New England’s largest concentration of outlet stores at North Conway.

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The Conway Scenic Railroad runs the whole length of the valley in vintage cars.

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Hampton Beach is a popular resort town. It provides plenty of entertainment. The Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom was built in 1899 and is a live music and comedy venue on the boardwalk stretching along the white-sand beach.

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The Hampton Beach State Park Seashell Stage offers concerts, movies on the beach, and fireworks. You can also find fun parks and deep sea fishing trips.

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Take in the Hampton Beach Master Sand Sculpting Competition in the summertime.

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Lake Winnipesaukee is the main focal point of the Lakes Region. In the summer you can find water parks, beaches, fast-food and family activities. Plenty of water sports are available with sailboats, kayaks and motor boats.

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You can take a ride on the historic cruise boat M/S Mount Washington.

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The Loon Center and Markus Wildlife Sanctuary in Moultonborough

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protects the breeding waters of loons and gives visitors a chance to learn about them.

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Squam Lakes Natural Science Center focuses on nature and wildlife and Squam Lake was the setting for the movie “On Golden Pond”.

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Kancamagus Highway is the winding two-lane NH Route 112 that climbs over the spine of the White Mountains through the Kancamagus Pass. There are many lovely scenic pull-outs offering spectacular views. At the Conway end, you’ll find a covered bridge and two fantastic scenic spots on the Swift River.

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Both Rocky Gorge

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and Lower Falls are popular for swimming and picnics.

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A half-mile trails will take you to Sabbaday Falls where a mountain stream flows through a gorge with 40-foot walls. There are wooden railings that make it safe to look down at the waterfall and potholes.

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The highway ends in Lincoln, where Loon Mountain is a year-round sports center. The gondola takes skiers up the mountain in the winter and in the summer visitors for fantastic views from the summit.

Take the Covered Bridge Tour when in the olden days of horses and buggies these bridges were called kissing bridges and today provide a romantic nostalgia. They can be found all over New Hampshire and many close together in the town of Swanzey in the southwest corner of the state.

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Cresson Bridge frames a red barn and maple tree.

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Carleton Bridge is one of the oldest in the state.

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Taking a left on Main Street in Swanzey will take you to Thompson Bridge.

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Westport Village Road through Slate Bridge.

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Coombs Bridge Road through Coombs Bridge dating from 1837.

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Ashuelot Covered Bridge is the longest.

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A wonderful surprise is the Woodman Institute Complex. The 1818 Woodman House has collections of minerals, birds, shells, mammals, Native American artifacts, and Civil War items among them Abraham Lincoln’s saddle.

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Adjoining this house is the 1813 home of Senator John Parker Hale with furnished rooms, police and fire memorabilia, nautical items, and much more.

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The William Damm Garrison home is the last surviving fortified colonial garrison house. It is furnished with period artifacts. If you like you can picnic on the lawns and enjoy the gardens.

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Story Land is a great place for the family with a fairy tale setting. There are many things to please children like Cinderella’s coach, a ride in a wooden shoe or on a pirate ship and so much more. There are attractions for all ages.

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Clark’s Trading Post has been bringing fun for the whole family for a long time. They offer trained bear shows and several daily shows with acrobats performing tricks.

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Families can ride a steam train through the woods, play in the splash park, and visit the fun houses and museum collections along the Victorian Main Street.

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Up the road, on a hot day, Whale’s Tale Water Park is the best place to cool off.

 

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It has been a while since I have done this, but with a new year comes new posts.  If you would like me to reblog your post YOU must do 2 simple things:

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Posted by: RasmaSandra | January 8, 2019

Exploring Manchester and Concord

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Manchester is the largest city in New Hampshire.

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The Currier Museum of Art offers visitors American and European artwork. The museum was founded in 1929 and today the building is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. Part of this museum is also the Zimmerman House The permanent collection has artwork by well-known artists like Matisse, Monet, and Picasso among others. They also host family activities, concerts, and offer tours.

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The Zimmerman House was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for Dr. Isadore and Lucille Zimmerman in 1950. The house is one the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. It was built as a single story house around a large central chimney in the shape of an “L”. Tours are given by the Currier Museum of Art.

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The Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in downtown Manchester stretches along the Merrimack River. It opened in 2005 and is home to the New Hampshire Fisher Cats Minor League Baseball Team. The stadium also plays host to other events like concerts In 2006 Bob Dylan performed at the very first concert. Besides regular seating, there are 32 luxury suites on the upper levels for fans who want really great views of the field. From the Hilton Garden Inn Hotel next door, you can have rooms with spectacular views of the stadium.

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The SEE Science Center lets visitors learn about science topics like electricity, force, light, sound, and much more. It consists of two floors with many hands-on exhibits.

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One of the highlights is the LEGO Millyard Project that was built with three million LEGO blocks. There are also special temporary exhibits and the center also sponsors the Seemobile which travels about the area to educate students in the schools.

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Massabesic Lake in southern New Hampshire is within the city of Manchester and the town of Auburn. The name of the lake is a Native American name meaning “a place of much water”. Since the lake provides drinking water for the city of Manchester no swimming or water skiing is allowed. Visitors to the lake can fish, kayak, and sail. There are scenic trails offering lovely views of the water.

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The Palace Theater was built in 1914 and is one the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. It was built to look like the Palace Theater in New York City. Famous performers here have been Bob Hope, the Marx Brothers, Harry Houdini, and many more. After vaudeville, it was used as a movie house. Today the theater hosts plays, musicals, ballets, and performances by musicians and comedians.

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The New Hampshire State House is home to the General Courts, Executive Council, and the Governor. It was built in 1819 and is the oldest state house in which the legislature still occupies its original chambers and is home to the largest legislative body in the U.S.

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Since the 1700s there has been an apple orchard on Carter Hill. People can come to pick apples here or purchase them at the country store. Most of the apples are in season during September and October. The New Hampshire Cider Works makes cider for everyone.

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The Franklin Pierce Homestead is a white clapboard Georgian-style mansion. It was the home of the 14th U.S. President Franklin Pierce. When he gave up politics he retired to Concord. Today this is a National Historic Landmark. The home has been restored to its original appearance. In the elegant ballroom on the second floor, Benjamin Pierce (father to Franklin) used to drill the local militia during the Revolutionary War. In the barn, you can find Franklin Pierce’s old horse-drawn sleigh.

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The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center is a museum built to honor Christa McAuliffe, the social studies teacher selected by NASA to be the first teacher in space and Alan Shepard who was the first American in space and one of the very first to walk on the moon. There are interactive engineering and science exhibits among them a full size replica of a Mercury Redstone Rocket.

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The New Hampshire Historical Society was founded in 1823 and is a non-profit organization that preserves and shares the history of New Hampshire. The museum has many objects, books, documents, maps, and photographs. The building was built in 1911 and has a sculpture by New Hampshire sculptor Daniel Chester French.

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The Old North Cemetery is the very first burial ground in Concord.

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It is the final resting place of President Franklin Pierce, his wife, and two of his sons. It was established in 1730 and is on the National Register of Historic Place.

 

 

 

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Posted by: RasmaSandra | January 4, 2019

Lovely Portsmouth

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Our armchair travels in the U.S. have taken us to the New England state of New Hampshire. The state is home to the lovely White Mountains with Mt. Washington being the highest peak in the region. The White Mountains are home to moose and black bears and includes part of the Appalachian Trail.

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Our first stop is Portsmouth a port city on the Piscataqua River.

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Get to know Portsmouth by walking along the harbor and waterfront and in Market Square. The Portsmouth Harbor Trail connects over 70 of the city’s historical sites and scenic attractions. There are ten buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Buildings, ten National Historic Landmarks, and many historic homes open to the public.

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Warner House was built in 1716 and has the oldest Colonial wall paintings and the first example of Queen Anne furniture in America.

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The John Paul Jones House dating from 1758 has exhibits with collections of china, silver, glass, portraits, and clothing. It was the home of Captain John Paul Jones when he lived in Portsmouth.

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The Rundlet-May House dating from 1807 has furniture which was made by local craftsmen.

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The Moffatt-Ladd House is a historic mansion that has become a museum. It is located right across from the Old Harbor. The house was built in 1763 and is a National Historic Landmark which was opened to the public in 2011. The home has period era décor and architecture and lovely gardens. You can see original artifacts like letters, papers, and photographs once belonging to the original owners. Some of its former inhabitants include Revolutionary War figures, signers of the Declaration of Independence and members of the early East Coast society.

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The Governor John Langdon House is also a historic house that has become a museum. It was once the home of shipbuilder, merchant, Revolutionary War hero, three-term governor of the state of New Hampshire and signer of the Constitution John Langdon. This is an impressive Georgian-style mansion which was once referred to as the first home of its stature by the 1st President of the U.S. George Washington. The museum includes original pieces of the home, the property of the Langdon family, and historical artifacts.

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Prescott Park is an urban green space right on the edge of the Piscataqua River. The park has manicured gardens, wide lawns, three boardwalk piers, and two public boat docks. There are paved walkways leading through the park and you can find picnic tables, grills, and shelters for your enjoyment.

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The park is open all year round and is home to the Prescott Park Arts Festival. During the spring and summer, there are music performances, theater shows, big screen movies, and other special events.

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The Strawberry Banke Museum is an outdoor history museum that is associated with the city’s oldest remaining European settlement neighborhood, the South End. The museum consists of 40 historical buildings that date back to the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries.

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Ten of them are open to the public. You can see staff members dressed in period costumes offering visitors the history of each home. Exhibits demonstrate the details typical of buildings, grounds and early inhabitants of that time.

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The Music Hall is considered to be the oldest theater in New Hampshire and the 14th oldest theater in America. It has hosted performances by many notable celebrities among them Tony, Grammy and Pulitzer Prize winners. Performances include musical, dramatic, interpretive or author readers, dance recitals and cinema exhibits.

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The Portsmouth Athenaeum is a locally run and independently managed non-profit library, gallery, and museum. Visitors can take a tour and see authentic Portsmouth artifacts.

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USS Albacore is a submarine with a unique shape that pioneered the watercraft field. It was used for research and has been designed to move quickly and with great agility. It was operated during WW II. Today it is open to the public and visitors can tour the submarine and learn about its special features and contribution to the U.S. Navy.

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The Book and Bar is housed in a late 1860s buildings. It offers a unique entertainment and dining combination. This eatery and pub have the setting of a bookshop with shelves of books.

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You can enjoy great food and drinks sitting among tall bookshelves in cozy armchairs or sofas by solid wood tables.

The Isles of Shoals are six small islands six miles off the coast on the border between Maine and New Hampshire. Each of the islands has a different kind of character. One hosts a renowned religious conference center and another is supposedly the site of the honeymoon taken by the notorious pirate Blackbeard. Visitors can tour the islands and enjoy the ocean views, harbors, and surrounding coastline.

Hotels were built on the islands in 1843 by entrepreneur Thomas Laighton the first on Smuttynose Island and a larger one on Appledore Island. In 1873 another entrepreneur John Poor built the Oceanic Hotel on Star Island and it still remains today greeting visitors and is the only one of the Isles’ great hotels still standing.

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Appledore Island was popular in the 19th century with artists since author and poet Celia Laighton Thaxter had grown up on the Isles and was the daughter of Thomas Laighton. She became the unofficial hostess and artist-in-residence welcoming such fellow writers and artists as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and William Morris Hunt.  She died in 1894 and the hotel was destroyed in a fire some twenty years later.  Today this island is home to the summer Shoals Marine Lab.

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After Appledore, Star Island is the second largest and the only one served by a commercial boat from the mainland. It is a religious and educational conference center. In the summertime there are week-long and shorter conferences held in the Oceanic Hotel.

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Gosport House a 150-year old chapel and several buildings date back to the original village.

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Smuttynose Island is under the dark cloud of being the site of a horrible double murder in 1873 and is uninhabited today. It is also the site of Blackbeard’s honeymoon. Author Celia Thaxter wrote the story of the murder in her 1997 novel, A Memorable Murder. The murder is also recalled in The Weight of the Water by Anita Shreve and in the movie by the same name and in the song The Ballad of Louis Wagner by John Perrault.

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On the island, there are two small houses with one of them being the Samuel Haley House which is believed to be the oldest structure in the state of Maine.

Malaga Island to the west of Smuttynose is connected by a breakwater.

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There is White Island with its signature lighthouse and Seavey Island. During low tide, these two islands are connected by a land bridge.

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Seavey Island is the site of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. It is located in the Piscataqua River in Kittery, Maine opposite Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

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Massachusetts Off the Beaten Path

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Mount Greylock State Reserve – The visitor’s center which is accessible from Route 7 near Lanesboro has maps available showing the campgrounds, picnic areas and hiking trails in the reservation.

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Driving up the steep winding road of the mountain one can see how the change in altitude affects vegetation. The lush hardwood forests at the lower levels give way to the low growing evergreens at the summit.  Greylock at 3,492 ft. is the highest peak in Massachusetts.

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On its summit is a 90 ft. stone tower The Massachusetts Veterans War Memorial Tower commemorating the citizens of the Commonwealth who died in the war. It was dedicated in June of 1932. The tower offers an incredible panorama of the lovely green-clad mountains and valleys of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, and New York. There is a section of the Appalachian Trail where hikers might meet hardy backpackers who are going the full distance between Mount Katahdin in Maine and Georgia’s Springer Mountain.

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Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary is located near Pittsfield. Here one can find a large beaver population and get a look at the gnawed stumps of their building material and the complex dams they make to control the water level in their mounded lodges. Beavers were introduced here along Yokun Brook in 1932. Their dams have made ponds that now provide great habitats for migrant waterfowl and other birds. The sanctuary is at a relatively high elevation so birds such as the hermit thrush, winter wren and slate-colored junco which are normally rare to this area stay here in spring and summer. Salamander migrations are a major spring event along West Mountain Road.

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The 730-acre area has some 7 miles of trails winding past ponds and waterways and through meadows and woods and along the slopes of Lenox Mountain. Those who wish to try it may enjoy the Trail of Ledges which leads to a fire tower and a great view. It is quite steep in places. A trail-side museum has natural history exhibits and provides pamphlets describing the water cycle, the numerous plants that grow here, and the beavers’ feats at construction. Canoe trips are offered regularly on the Housatonic River and area lakes from mid-May through Columbus Day.

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Bartholomew’s Cobble and Colonel Ashley House – This site is known for its diversity of ferns, wildflowers, trees, shrubs and vines and the many species of birds. “Cobble” is the New Englander’s word for rocky outcrops that rise steeply, like islands of stone, from adjacent bottomlands. The one mentioned here was named for George Bartholomew, who farmed the surrounding fields in the 1800s. It is a natural rock garden of grand proportions. There are more than 800 species of rare and endangered plants and over 250 species of birds which can be found on over 270 acres of lush forest, winding trails and fields and meadows on a foundation of hard quartzite rock. In the summer, 45 species of ferns appear. A National Natural Landmark Museum and picnicking spot.

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You can walk along the Ledges Trail or along a somewhat longer trail which leads down to the Housatonic River and a classic oxbow lake. A mile-long uphill path goes to the high pasture that spreads over the top of Hulburt’s Hill.

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Nearby there is the Colonel Ashley House which was built in 1735 and is the oldest house still standing in Berkshire County. On this site Colonel John Ashley helped draft the famous Sheffield Declaration, boldly vituperating the British Parliament, three years before Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence. Colonel Ashley acquired more than 3,000 acres and was among the first slave owners in Massachusetts to accept the idea of abolition. In the Ashley house, you can see finished period rooms, a pottery collection including examples of redware and 18th and 19th-century tools of many kinds.

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Moore State Park – A peaceful 400-acre retreat in the heart of central Massachusetts. Today one can see stone mill foundations and a restored sawmill. The exterior of the sawmill, which was first opened in 1747 by Jaazamiah Newton has been restored with a siding of weathered wood and the remains of the old water-driven turbines can still be seen. The remnants of the mill village at Moore give a glimpse of the old rural manufacturing economy which was displaced by the industrial developments of the nineteenth century.  Turkey Hill Brooke was the source of power for the mills.

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It flows into the 25 acres Eames Pond and then down a succession of three cascades and on through the park. There is a walking trail which goes along the edge of the pond. Fishermen may try to fish for pickerel, perch, and bass. In the naturalized gardens are great drifts of azalea and mountain laurel and rhododendrons. The flowers cascade down hills, line wooded paths and decorate waterfalls.  Among the birds to be seen are chickadees, goldfinches, nuthatches, bluebirds, cardinals, mourning doves and scarlet tanagers. The park is named for Major Willard Moore, a Paxton patriot who led the local farmers to fight the British at Bunker Hill.

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Purgatory Chasm is located 10 miles south of Worcester. The chasm is only about 50 ft. wide but reaches a depth of 100 ft. or so between precipitous walls accentuated by tall cedars growing form seemingly solid rock. There is a half-mile long descending trail from the parking lot to the chasm that is quite steep. There are warning signs about slippery rocks and uncertain footing. When one reaches the bottom there is an awesome feeling of having plunged suddenly into the earth’s rocky body. From the bottom, trails lead along the edge of the chasm and circle back to the parking lot to avoid a difficult climb.

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Trails lead to a wide variety of rock formations, with such names as The Corn Crib,

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The Coffin, The Pulpit,

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Lover’ Leap

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and Fat Man’s Misery. There is also a recreation area with picnic tables.

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Parker River National Wildlife Refuge – This 4,650-acre refuge lies on the Atlantic Flyway. Most of the preserve is on Plum Island, which is about six miles long and a mile wide. A road runs its entire length. On the left, going south, are sand dunes dotted with wild roses, scrub pines, dune grasses, bayberry, black cherry, and beach plum. On the right are fresh and saltwater marshes and beyond are the waters of Broad Sound, a long, narrow inlet. The beach may be reached by access roads. Self-guiding nature trails lead to various ecological niches within the refuge. The longest is a boardwalk trail that goes for two miles through Hellcat Swamp. There among the dunes are a freshwater swamp and a cranberry bog. At the end of the trail is an observation blind for bird-watchers.

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More than 300 species regularly frequent the refuge to rest and feed such as large numbers of migrating warblers, Canada geese, black ducks, and green-winged teals. Among the animals, there are deer, foxes, muskrats, minks, and weasels, but they are rarely seen during the day. In winter, harbor seals come to sun on the beaches. Fishing permits may be obtained at the refuge gatehouse.

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Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary – This is the largest of the 14 sanctuaries supervised by the Massachusetts Audubon Society. It covers about 2,000 acres. In the early 1900s, this land was bought by Thomas Proctor who was a wealthy Bostonian for the purpose of creating a private arboretum with an enormous rock garden called The Rockery as its centerpiece.

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The Rockery is set by a small lake and is a small man-made mountain complete with little gorges, caves, and paths. There are exotic trees and shrubs. Among the imported trees are cork, magnolia, Korean pine, and Sawara cypress. A fine grove of pine trees stands on the hill above the Rockery. There are 10 miles of trails in the area and a causeway crossing a large pond to an island covered with beech trees. The woodlands are carpeted with partridgeberries, starflowers, and wintergreen. Masses of blue irises grow in the marshy areas. There is a special area for bird watching and an observation tower overlooks a meadow. Canoe and cabin rentals are available.

 

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Taking a Look at Massachusetts

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Battle Green in Lexington is also known as Lexington Green. This is supposedly where the first shots of the American Revolution were fired in 1775. Once a year on the anniversary of this event re-enactments take place here.

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You can see a Minuteman statue with the words of Captain Parker that were said before the battle “if they meant to have war, let it begin here”.

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Visitors can follow along with the route taken by the British as they marched from Boston. Battle Road is now a part of the Minute Man National Historical Park, which also includes North Bridge in Concord, where the Colonials battled with the British. At North Bridge Visitor Center you can see artifacts. Uniforms, and a historical film.

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At the end of the bridge is Daniel Chester French’s famous Minuteman statue.

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Plimoth Plantation in Plymouth is a living museum which explores the lives of the Colonial Americans and what their daily lives were like in the first New England settlement by Pilgrims in 1620. You can see actors in costume recreating a series of 17th-century tasks like building, gardening, and military exercises.

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The museum also gives you a look into the lives of Native Americans in the area at the Hobbamock Homesite exhibit. Here you can see a re-creation of a Wampanoag Village.

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There is also the full-scale reproduction of the Mayflower, Mayflower II at Plymouth Pier. Plimoth Plantation can be a day trip from Boston.

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Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge lets you take a look at life in the past centuries in New England. It shows the early 19th century with homes, mills, farms, and shops. It is one of the state’s most visited tourist attractions. It recreates life in the early 1800s with over 40 historical homes.

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Costumed interpreters demonstrate daily tasks that were done by farmers, blacksmiths, housewives, and craftspeople. Children can enjoy hands-on activities. You can visit a working farm which demonstrates early farming and gardening with livestock and heirloom plant varieties. There are two operating mills that use water power to process wood and saw timber for buildings.

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Tanglewood is the place for music lovers, especially in the summer months. It is located in Lenox and offers a wide range of musical entertainment from symphony orchestras to solo performances given by world-class musicians as well as student groups.

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It is home to festivals and event throughout the year.

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This is where you’ll find the Boston Symphony Orchestra during the summertime. The whole family will enjoy Free Fun Fridays and you can sit in on Saturday mornings rehearsals with a reserved ticket.

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The Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge honors one of the most well-known and best-loved artists in the U.S. The museum houses the largest collection of Rockwell’s work in the world. The artist lived and painted in the Berkshires for the last 25 years of his life. Some of the highlights of the collection are his Saturday Evening Post covers, the Four Freedoms, and Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas.

In Deerfield, the preserved homes tell the story of its history in the Federal and Colonial Periods. You’ll find 14 historic homes here as well as several galleries and museums with more than 27,000 artifacts.

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The Helen Geier Textile Gallery is a wonderful place to see what early settlers wore. There are demonstrations of crafts and cooker throughout the year.

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The Pioneer Valley Village in Deerfield offers remarkable things to see. The Flynt Center of Early New England Life as an outstanding collection of American quilts.

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The 1824 Federal Wright House has a wonderful collection of Chippendale furniture.

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The Asa Stebbins House has a unique arched doorway and an amazing collection of wall coverings.

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Worchester Art Museum in Worchester is considered to be one of the finest mid-sized museums in the century. Here you can see 50 centuries of the world’s antiquities, paintings, prints, photographs, sculptures, decorative arts, arms, and armor. In December 2018 you can see an interactive art installation with brilliant lights and color.

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It was in 1964 that the citizens of Massachusetts including more than 6000 school children came together to save the battleship USS Massachusetts from being scrapped. The ship was brought to the waterfront of historic Fall River. She was made the official WW II Memorial for the Commonwealth and opened as a public museum. Here you

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can also see the destroyer Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr.,

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the submarine Lionfish,

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Pt 617 and PT 796, and

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the Soviet-built missile corvette Hideensee. All of these form the largest collection of historic naval ships in the world.

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Southwick’s Zoo in Mendon is an amazing zoo with a carousel, a rainforest maze, a  sky ride, a Woodland Express train ride, pony and camel rides and so much more.

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You can see animals like lemurs and lions, snakes and sloths. You can feed parakeets in the aviary or deer in the 35-acre deer forest, get up close to pygmy goats in the petting zoo, feed a giraffe or enjoy live-animal presentations and educational exhibits.

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Quincy is a great place to take a look at.

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You can visit the birthplaces of two presidents at Adams National Historical Park – the 2nd U.S. President John Adams

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and the 6th U.S. President John Quincy Adams.

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Enjoy nature at the Blue Hill Reservation with paved and unpaved hiking paths and biking trails offering spectacular views. All around the city, there are places for golfing or tennis, you can charter a fishing boat or fish off of the pier. There are many wonderful ponds and rivers and the ocean to swim in.

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The Whydah Pirate Museum in West Yarmouth is a wonderful place to visit. You can learn about pirate history. This is an interactive science museum where you can see, touch, and have a great hands-on experience. You can see the authenticated pirate treasure discovered in 1984 off the coast of Wellfleet.

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The Whydah was a fully-rigged British ship that journeyed between Africa, the Caribbean, and Great Britain.

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deCordova Sculpture Park & Museum located in Lincoln.

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You can see contemporary art and sculpture. There are lawns and copses of woodlands.

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Many exhibits also in the indoor space. There are year-round activities offered like snowshoe tours, outdoor yoga, nature tours, artist conversations, and screenings.

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Holyoke Heritage State Park in Holyoke is a compact city park sitting on the edge of the Connecticut River.

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It is a park for carousel lovers with a handmade carousel dating from the early 1900s. Within the park are also The Children’s Museum

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and the Volleyball Hall of Fame. It is a great place to relax or have a picnic overlooking Holyoke’s three canals and a row of historic mill buildings.

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Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston is a wonderful place where visitors can have a walking garden tour every Sunday.

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There are camellias in the Limonaia and subtropical plants in the Orangerie and the beauty of berries and bark in the Winter Garden. On weekends from 10 AM to 2 PM people can bring their dogs to walk the dog walking trail.

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New Bedford Whaling National Historic Park the New England whaling industry ended about 1900 but the stories live on. At the park, you can learn all about the whaling industry in the very streets and buildings where ships departed.

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You can stroll the cobblestone streets and see the world’s largest whaling museum, a merchant’s home, a chapel for whalemen, and a 10th-century schooner.

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Ventford Hall in Lenox is an impressive Jacobean Revival-style mansion. It was built by J.P. Morgan. He built the house for his kid sister in1893.  It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has been declared an official project of “Save America’s Treasures”. Visitors can tour the home, take a look at the art gallery or just walk about.

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Seven Arrows Farm in Seekonk offers visitors a look at all the plants and gardens. There is an herb shop.

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You can visit with the chickens and goats and ask the staff for information.

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If you like you can relax and read in the farm’s library or in the sunny tea room. It is open year-round.

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Bash Bish Falls is the most-photographed waterfall in Massachusetts. The waterfall tumbles through gorges and a hemlock ravine forest then dropping about 60 feet into a sparkling pool.

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It is right next door to Mount Washington State Forest which adjoins Taconic State Park in New York.

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Garden in the Woods in Framingham is the botanic garden of the New England Wild Flower Society. There are fifteen hundred native plants, paths to walk under a canopy of trees past a pond, a wooded bog, springs, and a brook.

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You can come to just enjoy or take a guided tour. You can also come to enjoy a picnic. For gardening needs, there is the Garden Shop. You can take a look at the family programs offered.

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The Bridge of Flowers in Shelburne Falls is an old railroad bridge that was revamped by gardeners.

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It spans the Deerfield River, connecting the towns of Shelburne and Buckland. It is now draped in living gardens of flowers, shrubs, and trees.

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You can walk through the lovely garden above a rushing river with a beautiful town on the side.

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Patriot Place in Foxboro includes Gillette Stadium which is home to the New England Patriots football team.

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At the property, you can shop, dine and find places for entertainment. There is also a state-of-the-art museum dedicated to the Patriots.

 

 

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Posted by: RasmaSandra | December 21, 2018

Mysterious Salem and Beautiful Cape Ann

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You’ll find the city of Salem on the north coast of Massachusetts above the capital of the state, Boston. Salem is mysterious because it is famous for its 1692 witch trails during which time some locals were executed for supposedly practicing witchcraft.

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The Peabody Essex Museum exhibits a collection of maritime art, American decorative arts, and historical and contemporary arts from China, Japan, Korea, India, Africa, North America, and the Pacific Islands.

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Courtyard of Chinese Home

It is interesting to explore the Huang family’s two-century-old ancestral home which was brought here and reassembled from the Huizhou region in China.

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There are several historic houses open to visitors among them the 1684 John Ward House,

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the 1727 Crowninshield-Bentley House,

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and the brick Gardner-Pingree House.

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The Salem Maritime National Historic Site consists of about nine acres along the waterfront and twelve historic buildings that helped preserve Salem’s late 18th and 19th-century maritime history, which helped establish economic independence in the emerging U.S.

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It is also the permanent home of the tall ship Friendship, a reconstructed 18th-century commercial sailing vessel that can be toured in the summertime. At the historic site, visitors can view exhibits, watch two free orientation films, take a look at the lives of author Nathaniel Hawthorne and America’s first millionaire, Elias Hasket Derby, during hour-long free guided tours.

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Also open to visitors is Derby’s 1762 home.

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The House of Seven Gables site is a collection of colonial homes among them one of the oldest surviving 17th-century wooden mansions in New England, built in 1668. Author Nathaniel Hawthorne used the House of Seven Gables as the setting for his famous novel of the same name. Guides will lead you about and recount the history of its former occupants. You can view period artifacts, photos, and paintings.

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There is also the Nathaniel Hawthorne 1804 birthplace which was restored at this site to its 1808 appearance. There are four other houses as well all listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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The Phillips House is a Federal-style home that features Chinese porcelains, Persian carpets, paintings, and early American furniture. The collections span five generations of the Phillip family and highlight African woodcarvings and Native American pottery.

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Witch House is the home of Judge Jonathan Corwin, one of the magistrates in the witch trials. It was built in 1642 and is the only structure still standing in Salem with direct ties to the Witchcraft Trials of 1692, It has been preserved in its original appearance. Guided tours will give you information about lifestyles, furnishings, and architecture.

Beautiful Cape Ann

Let’s take a trip to Cape Ann, a rocky cape in northeastern Massachusetts on the Atlantic Ocean. It is about 30 miles northeast of Boston and it marks the northern limit of Massachusetts Bay. It includes the city of Gloucester and the towns of Essex, Manchester-by-the-Sea, and Rockport.

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In Rockport, the red fishing shack with its lobster buoys has been painted and photographed so often in the iconic New England fishing harbor that it has become known as Motif #1. There are art galleries and studios along the streets of this lovely little fishing town.

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Stop to take a look at the Sandy Bay Historical Society and Museum,

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the Old Castle,

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and the James Babson Cooperage Shop which are all full of history.

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Of great interest is the Paper House, built in 1922 and made entirely of newspaper as well as the furniture inside.

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Gloucester is a charming fishing harbor commemorated by

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the bronze statue of the Gloucester Fisherman on the waterfront. In late June there is the five-day St. Peter’s Festival organized by the Italian American community.

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Take a look at the picturesque artists’ colony Rocky Neck.

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Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House was built by Henry Davis Sleeper as a summer home in 1907. Through the years it was expanded and now has 40 rooms. It is filled with his collections of American and European art, curiosities, folk art, china, and colored glass. There are entire room interiors with collections. As you tour the house you’ll hear about Sleeper and his friends.

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Hammond Castle was built between 1926 and 1929 by inventor John Hays Hammond, Jr.

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It was built to look like a medieval castle and is home to his private collection of Roman, Medieval, and Renaissance artifacts. There were gathered from his European trips.

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Leaving Gloucester we now go to the town of Essex from where in the 19th century more two-masted vessels were launched than from any other town in the world.

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The Essex Shipbuilding Museum has found its home in an 1835 schoolhouse and a shipyard on the riverfront. Here you’ll find a collection of some 8,000 tools and other items relating to the shipping industry. Over 3,000 photos of vessels, landscapes, history, and architecture are on display.

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Essex River Cruises will take you on narrated tours past estates, farms, and historic shipyards all in a landscape of salt marshes, islands, barrier beaches, sand dunes, winding rivers, and abundant wildlife.

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John Heard House

Ipswich is a popular town with antique lovers who enjoy the shops and galleries along High Street.

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Castle Hills the shore estate is a wonderful example of the houses built by wealthy families in the early 20th century. On its grounds are walking trails and the long shore of Crane Beach. Visitors can tour the Great House from late May to mid-October. The John Heard House is a Federal-style mansion built around 1800, with Asian and American furnishings, art, and a collection of carriages and sleighs.

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The John Whipple House has period furnishings and other antiques.

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Just north of Salem, you’ll find Beverly, founded in 1626. The brick Cabot House was built in 1781 by John Cabot and was the site of the Beverly Bank, the nation’s oldest community bank from 1802 to 1868. Permanent exhibits include dolls, portraits, art, and military and maritime artifacts.

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Balch House was built in 1636 and is one of the oldest in the country.

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Hale Farm was built in 1692 and owned by Reverend John Hale who was involved in the witch trials when his wife was accused of being a witch.

 

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