Saturday, September 6, 2014

NEW ENGLAND 2014: A Walking tour of West Boylson.

Walk around the Common and Environs of West Boylston, MA.


The walk began at the Ezra Beaman Memorial Trough which is a watering trough is all that is left of the original Beaman Tavern which was located at the far side of the Reservoir to the right of the causeway as viewed when heading towards Sterling along Route 12.; viewed also was the Beaman Memorial Public Library dedicated in 1912 in Memory of Ezra Beaman; this was the first public library in West Boylston. We viewed the Odd Fellow Hall which a Centennial Lodge, Independent Order of Odd Fellows established in 1871; Dr. Nicholas Jenks House was a home for 'unruly boys from Worcester'; we also viewed several other houses (all viewed only from the outside): Goodell House, Deacon Murdock House; The Murdock Lot; Central Market; The Frank Baldwin House; Hyde House/Congregational Parsonage and the Congregational Church; which ended our tour on Church Street slightly adjacent to the library. It was interesting enough and thanks to the Friends of Beaman Library and the library’s Director Louise Howland, who did most of the lecturing talk.

More can be learning of the Ezra Beaman family by visiting: 
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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

NEW ENGLAND 2014: spending some quality time in parts of Vermont cont’d.

Our stay included viewing of this Taftsville Covered Bridge!


I take from you
&
You take from me.
If you take more than I take from you—
Winner you are by default.
&
 Who’s to blame!
Taftsville Covered Bridge
  
This is the oldest covered bridge in Windsor County, the Third Oldest and Second Longest bridge in the state of Vermont.

The bridge was built in 1836 by Solomon Emmons III. It stretches 194 feet across the Ottauquechee River (An Indian name meaning “Winding Water”).

It was built completely from local forests and stone at a cost of $1800.00. Eight huge trees were cut to 90 feet & made into four spliced “stringers”…timbers that pan the distance and hold the bridge together. There is a stone pier in the middle for support and the style of construction is canned “Queen Post” Design.

On August 28th 2011 the furious flood waters of hurricane Irene damaged and destabilized the bridge and it was closed for repair for two years. September 7th 2013 the bridge was officially reopened.


 — All of this we experienced while lodging in Vermont.

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

NEW ENGLAND 2014: spending some quality time in parts of Vermont.

We spent time taking in some of the Shelburne Museum, a visit to Ben & Jerry’s Ice-cream in Waterbury, and a late visit to Montpellier (the state capital) where many things were already closed and so we returned the next day and found that it was on holiday for the Battle fought at Bennington.  Weird only to me!


Living is like tearing through a museum. Not until later do you really start absorbing what you saw, thinking about it, looking it up in a book, and remembering - because you can't take it in all at once.”— Audrey Hepburn

A visit to Shelburne Museum



Touring the Ticonderoga...

Ticonderoga’s  massive engine, four decks, pilothouse, galley, and crew’s quarters.


Short films about Ti’s move and her renovation are shown continuously on board. Listening stations provide reminiscences of the Ti’s years of service.

 

About the Ticonderoga

The Ticonderoga, a National Historic Landmark, is the last of her kind in the world. The hundred-year-old vessel is a side-paddlewheel passenger steamboat with a walking engine.
 
The Ti was built in Shelburne, Vermont, in 1906 and operated as a day boat on lake Champlain, serving ports along the New York and Vermont shores until 1953. She was the last commercially operating steamer on Lake Champlain.







In 1955, the Ticonderoga was moved two miles over land from Lake Champlain to Shelburne Museum in a remarkable engineering effort that stands as one of the great feasts of maritime preservation.

Some of the other exhibits at Shelburne Museum:

Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education



Circus Building and Carousel









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Viewing of the Lighthouse and its interior





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The Round Barn and more views of Shelburne Museum buildings


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Beach Gallery (1960) Lock, stock and barrel: The Terry Tyler Collection of Vermont Firearms





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A visit to Montpellier, Vermont and discovering that their state house was closed due to honoring of the Battle at Bennington, read more at http://www.benningtonbattlemonument.com/






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A visit to Ben & Jerry’s

From a renovated gas station in Burlington, Vermont, to far-off places with names we sometimes mispronounce, the journey that began in 1978 with 2 guys and the ice cream business they built is as legendary as the ice cream is euphoric.














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Libraries’ visited while in Vermont and one of their post-office where I viewed of this mural and how can I forget The Vermont Spot Country Store at Quechee. 








 — All of this we experienced while lodging in Vermont.
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