Category Archives: History

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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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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Historic colleges

Included here are institutions of higher learning that date back before 1850. Harvard University, Cambridge, MA Established in 1636 as a college for the training of young men to the ministry. Now, of course, it’s America’s most prestigious university and has the … Continue reading

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Athenaeums

These were (and are) educational and cultural institutions, often featuring a private subscription library and reading rooms and sometimes a lecture hall or art gallery. I suppose the proper Latin plural should be “athenaea.” Boston Athenaeum, Boston, MA  Near the top of Beacon Hill, … Continue reading

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Covered bridges

Bridges were covered mostly in order to protect their timbers from the elements; it was a lot easier to replace the roof shingles every decade or two rather than having to rebuild the bridge. Southern New England doesn’t have many remaining … Continue reading

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