I wanted to share some pictures of my trip to New England last month in case you might add them to your 'must visit' list.
I started in Sturbridge, Mass to see Old Sturbridge Village, but the one day I was able to go...they were closed. Sob, sob. I did enjoy my time in Sturbridge, and have been to OSV before. It's a definite must visit for sure.
(I don't care for it, so he ate my share and then some.)
Kennebunkport is a quintessential New England town with Old Glory flying proudly everywhere, and window box flowers on every home and business.
A visit to NE is not complete without a lighthouse.
Just over the New Hampshire border, in Portsmouth, is a wonderful little gem called Strawbery Banke.
This living history museum houses many homes, built in the mid 1600's to mid 1700's, all on their original foundations, in their original location. Vary rare, indeed!
Portsmouth is located on the water (no surprise by the name) and it is said that as the settlers ship approached the land, they noticed many, many bushes with little red berries along the water's bank. They were, of course, strawberries. They named their little town Strawbery Banke (pronounced Strawberry Bank) spelled phonetically in the 1600s.
You can tour the many buildings still standing as they did when originally built. Some have furniture of the period and some are empty.
This particular home had a lot of furnishings. The mustard wallpaper is a reproduction of the original found in the house.
They had some lovely furniture from this time period in this dining room and in the bedrooms (coming up.)
I wanted to step into this kitchen and really take it all in. I can't imagine preparing meals in a hearth like this, but folks did so for hundreds of years.
I know the counterpanes are original from this time period, but not sure about the whole cloth quilt. The docent said the wood cradle would have cost $10 back in the day.