Colors of March along the Connecticut River Valley

19 03 2010

Once again Sue at Life Looms Large is requesting colors of the month.  Having missed last month, I’ll try to make up for it with extra photos taken on a Historic Marker hunt down the Connecticut River Valley earlier this month.  The only constant this fine day was a beautiful blue sky.

#21 zpic3March is when the ice fishing shacks begin to be removed from the many lakes in New Hampshire.  This is taken in Canaan, NH. with Canaan Street Lake in the background, and a snowy Mt. Cardigan in the distance.

#202 zpic4 Enfield is home to Enfield Shaker Village.  The “Great Stone Dwelling” is on the right, their chapel on the left.

2010-03-06 12.29.43Contrast.  The noon time sun creates complex patterns on the walkway between the Great Stone House and the Chapel.

#77 zpic3Oak trees stand guard over the chapel at Kimbal Union Academy.

#134 zpic4St. Gaudens National Historic Site is home to miles of walking trails in the nearby forests.  A colony for artsy types back in the day to find their muse, it’s open to all us little people now.

2010-03-06 14.10.58The Cornish-Windsor Bridge over the Connecticut River.  Connecting …uh… Cornish NH., and Windsor VT. It should be named the “Mostly Cornish-Tiny bit Windsor” bridge, as New Hampshire owns the whole thing to the opposite shore, and pays for upkeep.

#41 zpic1A skinny little church.  It’s actually St. Mary’s, the first Roman Catholic Church in NH.  Built in 1823 in Claremont, it’s surrounded by the cemetery on 3 sides.

#74 zpic1The old meeting houses of New Hampshire are beautiful things.  The Park Hill meeting house in Westmoreland was built in 1762.  They didn’t like it where it was, so in 1779 they fired up the trusty Ox carts, took it apart, and reassembled it here.  The steeple houses a bell cast by the Paul Revere Foundry, circa 1826.

#112 zpic1In this unassuming building, steam powered autos were built back in the 1870s.  Wish I could have unfurled the flag.

#204 zpic3As the March 6th sun begins to get low in the sky, the shadow of a Historical Marker hides my own.  Didn’t want to ruin the shot.  The Ashuelot River winds its way past “Granite State Mowing Machine Park” in Hinsdale.  Yes, there’s a Marker for that.

And so a great day comes to a close in the furthest southwest corner of the state.  For the record, the lovely Carol and I located anther 20 Historical Markers.  How is it possible to find so many in a day?  I cheat.  I’ll save the dirty little secret for another post.

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9 responses

19 03 2010
Life Looms Large

Nice pictures!! I haven’t explored St. Gaudens or the Enfield Shaker Village yet. Maybe when it gets warmer out. Enfield Shaker Village looks really interesting – the architecture is very different than what I expected. (I’ve been to Canterbury Shaker Village).

Hard to believe there was still snow on March 6 and now the ground here is bare. I’m liking this early spring!!

You did have gorgeous skies for those photos!! Thanks for joining the challenge!!

Sue

19 03 2010
mikenh

Thanks Sue!

The Shaker villiage was open for tours, but we were the only two there. They have an old original loom in the lobby, but my pictures came out pretty blurry. We’ll definitely be going back this summer.

19 03 2010
Sharon

So much history! So many churches!! Gorgeous~

19 03 2010
mikenh

Thank you Sharon! And thanks for stopping by!

22 03 2010
Tina T-P

What beautiful pictures – the whole concept of having enough ice on a lake to put a little house out there totally escapes me though – it never gets cold enough for that to happen here.

24 03 2010
Annie

It’s so nice to see photos of people from all over the world, with their stories! Thanks so much for yours.

25 03 2010
Sara

Cool photos – I love that you have several that are near me! I just posted a marker shot on my blog…

25 03 2010
mikenh

Thanks for the kind words Tina, Annie and Sara!

4 04 2010
pharmacy tech

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