New Hampshire Off The Beaten Path
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String of shops circa 1950's look
Civil Wart Statue in midtown
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A TRUE country fair
I've heard wonderful things about the DEERFIELD FAIR. A friend who has horses and a big farm in RI says they never miss the annual Deerfield fair. We drove around the fair grounds and were amazed at the size of it and the number of permenant buildings used to house show horses, country goods, foods, and crafts. Next one is scheduled for September and I'd really like to go. It isn't far from where my son is now living in Manchester, so maybe we'll hop up there for a quick overnight. That's the joy of living in New ENgland.... much like Europe... you can hop over to any number of events or attractions...historic sites....innumerable nature choices...all within easy reach.Take Rte 43 down from Rte. 4 (Antique Alley)
Follow the GREEN SIGNS to Strawberry Banke
Along the coast of New Hampshire, about 50 miles north of Boston, is Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A long history of maritime trade and Naval history can be told through the architecture of this 40 building museum known as Strawbery Banke. Seems the early settlers came up the Piscataqua River and decided this place with its banks filled with wild strawberries would be a perfect place to settle. And so they did. Portsmouth became a major port over the years. John Paul Jones lived in Portsmouth while his ships the Ranger (1777) and America (1781) were outfitted at the Langdon yards. Later on the Portsmouth Naval yards created the first submarines here. Many immigrants have come to Portsmouth and Strawbery Banke. When the area fell into decline the neighborhood was known as Puddle Dock. Strangely enough, the Urban Renewal Program is what inspired the current day museum...
The Smaller Beaches in New Hampshire
Sure everyone knows those big beaches in New Hampshire - Hampton!! But go a little furher North on that Route 1A and you will find some much nicer, less crowed and more real "New England" beaches. Wallis Sands, Jenness State, North Beach, are all beautiful to name a few! There is usually ample parking. Which you get by purchasing a special $5 coin for the parking meters. You'll park for about $10 for a whole day, which is really good. I should also add that the drive north on 1A is truly jaw-droppingly gorgeous. The Atlantic on your right with the rocky coast and Islands of Shoals visible every so often, and the gorgeous sea-side "cottages" on your left are also a fun to look at. (and we like to imagine which one is "ours") he he heCheck the website below for lots more details..
Take the Ferry to Star Island
Gather the family, pack a picnic and take the Star Island Steamship company Ferry from Portsmouth Harbor out to the Isles of Shoals. You'll cruise around historic Portsmouth Harbor and out past many quintessential New England lighthouses, and after a short trip you'll be at the Isles of Shoals. A small group of occupied islands off the shore of New Hampshire and Maine.Get off at Star Island, and enjoy the day exploiring there! There is now a retreat facility owned by the Unitarian Universalist church there. But there are walking tours run every hour to show you around on the island. The ocean views, vegetation and wildlife are breathtaking and so incredibly wild and natural. There are some small cottages there that are truly adorable and rustic. My favorite building was this church pictured here. It is a small UU chapel that was originally built with wood that washed ashore when a...
Take the Ferry to see Lighthouses
The Star Island Steamship Company takes a very scenic route out to the Isles of Shoals. But if you dont feel like making a whole day of it, you can take a much shorter trip and see wonderful things. The Captain will make sure you see your fill of real New England Lighthouses, like this one here that my son is enjoying.
And here is Bertha's shop !
WANTED TO GIVE YOU A CUTE STORY ABOUT ONE OF THE BLDG. MUSEUMS AT STRAWBERRY BANKE..... Bertha was a busy body...as they used to say... and so her husband built a 2nd floor bay on the front of the house so she could keep her eye on everyone who came up and down the lane....noting the time they came home at night....and with WHOM !! :-) Bertha and her husband ran a "mom and pop" store on the first floor, and when Frank died, Bertha kept the store running for years later. Through the war years and the food stamps, Bertha was there with Fels Naptha soap, Campbell's soup, penny candies and all the "necessities" you might need on a daily basis. The curators decided to leave the building in its altered condition rather than restoring it to its circa 1700's, and there was not much to be done to bring the store and Bertha's kitchen back to "show" condition. There were only 7 years between...
Fun by the river
Just passing through or visiting the area, North Woodstock is a great New England town to visit. besides the neat little shops and restaurants, the pemmigewasset river flows through town. Right in the center of town is a little picnic spot on the river where the kids can play on teh polished granite rocks and splash in the water. Pick up an ice cream and head down to teh river.
Step Back in Time
We took a day trip that included Bath, New Hampshire; Woodstock, Plymouth, and Weston, Vermont, and a stop at Dartmouth College at Hanover, New Hampshire on our return to Bretton Woods. Bath has a covered bridge and what claims to be the oldest general store in the nation. The bridge has to be one of New Hampshire's longest. The general store was a common stop for bus tours. It's interesting inside but crowded when the busses hit. Watch your step around the senior citizens. Woodstock Vermont is one of the postcard villages of New England. Lots of shops and restaurants but lovely architecture featuring classic New England design. We had lunch at the local deli.Just outside of Woodstock is Queechie Gorge which is worth a quick stop for a walk across the bridge. West of Woodstock is the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Home Site at Plymouth Notch, Vermont. Watch the roadmap carefully - it's not...
Take the tour of Strawbery Banke
We'll definately revisit this great neighborhood of Portsmouth. The museum is a collection of homes from the 1600's and 1700's, but the creators of the exhibits decided to show us a bit of the later times as well. We saw some 1940's as well as some 1950's. They put it together well for the tourist...or school children to learn about life here over the course of time. IT'S AN ACTUAL TOWN WHICH HAS EXISTED HERE ALL THESE YEARS. THEY DID NOT MOVE BUILDINGS IN TO CREATE A MUSEUM...SUCH AS STURBRIDGE VILLAGE IN MASS.OR THE SKANSEN VILLAGES OF POLAND. IT'S THE REAL THING. There is a museum store where you buy your admission tickets. At the start of the tour there is a1600's house standing proudly with its chimneys and windows all in tact. . and it sits shoulder to shoulder with a 1700's house that was later used as a 2 family home. All of it has survived the bad times as well as the good...
Old, Old Routes
I recommend driving only SHORT PORTIONS of these roads, and marveling at the rest of the route on the map.There are at least four old turnpike routes which are two centuries old. All run remarkably straight from SE to NW, and all now have discontinuous portions. These were carriage routes. Following closely on a detailed map, you will see sections named "Old Turnpike Rd," "Hooksett Turnpike Rd" or some such. Other sections are unpaved, or no more than trails now.2nd NH Turnpike runs from Nashua to Claremont straight as an arrow through a dozen towns. Parts of it are also called the Boston Post Road.Londonderry Turnpike runs not only from Hopkinton to Londonderry, but well beyond into Massachusetts. Rte 28 comprises its southern portion, but west of the river it is all obscure roads.Chester Turnpike runs NW to Concord, which was a toll road, and SE along what is now 121 to MA.Winchendon...
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