Author Archives: Peter Chipman

About Peter Chipman

I'm a lexicographer, an editor, and a lover of language and literature. Also a proud father of two, an occasional bell-ringer, a thirteenth-generation New England Yankee, a former owner of a one-room schoolhouse, and the current owner of a 220-year-old farmhouse.

Country fairs

Many of New England’s country fairs were established in the 19th century by agricultural societies, and though they now do offer fried dough and rides on the Tilt-a-Whirl and opportunities to win a SpongeBob Squarepants doll by tossing darts at … Continue reading

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Apple farms

Apples were historically grown all over New England, both for eating and more importantly for making hard cider. Most farms had at least a few apple trees, though they wouldn’t necessarily have their own cider mill–farmers would cart their apples … Continue reading

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Cape Cod houses

They may be named for Cape Cod, but these houses can be found pretty much all over New England. In most areas, from the mid-1700s to the late 1800s, they were the typical basic starter farmhouse for young people who hadn’t had … Continue reading

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Literary landmarks

  Places where famous writers were born. Or where they lived. Or places they wrote about. Or where they’re buried. Not listed here: the houses of famous writers who are still living as of this writing, such as novelist Stephen … Continue reading

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Historic churches

Most of the older church buildings in New England are Congregational churches–the descendants of the Puritan meetinghouses. Others are Unitarian, especially along the coast, and a few, especially further inland, are Methodist or Baptist. This list contains mostly 18th- and 19th-century churches, … Continue reading

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Maple farms

Once upon a time, almost every farm in New England had a small sugarbush–that is, a grove of sugar maples that were kept as a source of sap to be boiled down into syrup and sugar. The old wooden buckets … Continue reading

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Lighthouses

Most of them are on the Atlantic coast, of course. Lake Champlain has one or two as well. Whitlock’s Mill Light, Calais, ME 1901 A small brick tower on the tidal portion of the St. Croix River between Calais and Passamaquoddy Bay. The … Continue reading

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