New England Seasons 2019 Calendar
New England Seasons 2019 begins the year at an icy brook in Stonington, CT. Spring arrives as apple trees bloom in Londonderry, NH, and roses bloom in Orleans, MA. Summer stays cool with a mooring in the harbor at Stonington, ME. With its color in electric display, fall leaves frame the village of West Arlington, VT. Enjoy all the New England states at their best in this 24-photo calendar.
Places featured in the 2019 calendar include:
The waters of Fishers Island Sound rise from brooks like the Oxecosset in Stonington, CT. As Capt. Nathaniel Palmer discovered, those waters can take you almost anywhere in the world. Palmer was the first American to sight the Antarctic Peninsula on a voyage of discovery in 1870. Winter is a fine time to visit the captain’s house, now a museum, and to tour the town that was shelled for three days by the Royal Navy in 1814, but declined to surrender.
The village of Storrs, CT is notable as the home of the University of Connecticut, originally the Storrs Agricultural College, established in 1871 with a grant of 170 acres and a $5,000 bequest from the Storrs brothers. That original focus is carried on through the university’s College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources. Most important to know, however, is that the school’s dairy cows still produce the cream used to create some of the state’s best ice cream available at the UCONN Dairy Bar on the campus.
Roxbury, VT is so mountainous that the headwaters of two rivers that rise here flow in different directions. The Dog River flows north into the Winooski River, while the White River flows south to reach the Connecticut River. After the marble quarry and the talc mine closed, the town lost many of its residents, but the numbers have rebounded from 1970 to nearly 700 souls today.
The North Branch of the Lamoille River inspires covered bridges. Five of them cross the river in or near Waterville, VT. The Jaynes Covered Bridge is a Queen post truss design originally built in 1877. After a truck fell through it in 1960, the deck was reinforced with steel beams, so the trusses carry only the load of the superstructure.
Morning light is finally warming the landscape of Rovensky Park in Newport, RI. The park was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted in 1852. The Preservation Society of Newport County was able to purchase the park in 1959 with a grant provided by John Rovensky in memory of his wife, Mae. The couple’s former home, Clarendon Court, is located across the street from the park.
If it is sea food for which you hunger, Galilee, RI is the place to find it. This fishing village on Point Judith is home to the state’s largest fishing fleet, which produces about 16 million pounds of seafood and shellfish every year. Fish can often be purchased on the dock, but there are a host of restaurants in Galilee that specialize in seafood of biblical quality.
Spring is blooming in Rumney, NH. The town was first granted in 1761 to settlers from Connecticut who thought, perhaps, that the town offered a well-spring of molasses-based spirits. Disappointed, the town was re-granted to more sensible folks in 1767. By 1859 the population was 1,109, though the number soared to 1,480 by 2010. Adjacent to the White Mountains, rock climbing and hiking are popular attractions in Rumney today.
Blooming apple orchards may be of more economic consequence in Londonderry, NH than in Rumney, because there are so many orchards here. Settled in 1715, the Londonderry population has soared to more than 25,000 since interstate route 93 linked southern New Hampshire with greater Boston. In addition to apples, the town is also known as the home of yogurt-maker Stonyfield Farm.
The Jonathan Young Mill was built originally in 1720 in South Orleans, MA on Cape Cod. One of the oldest mills in America, it may also be among the most transient. The mill was moved to Orleans, then to Hyannisport in 1897, and finally donated to the Orleans Historical Society, which dismantled it and moved it back to Orleans, where it may remain for some time to come.
The tulips are blooming in Boston’s Christopher Columbus Park. Located in the city’s North End and adjacent to the waterfront, the 4.5-acre green-space is a neighborhood retreat. The tower on the horizon was added to Boston’s Custom House in 1915.
If you sail to Penobscot Bay, you may find a good mooring off Stonington on the southern part of Deer Isle, but most people prefer to drive and cross the bridge built in 1939. The sea inspires the island’s culture, but if you visit, there is the Deer Isle Granite Museum, art galleries, and theater and film at the Stonington Opera House.
Wells, ME was established in 1643 and remained the northernmost outpost of British New England until the Battle of Louisburg in 1745. Today even Frenchmen may rent kayaks at the boatyard on the Webhannet River to try their paddling skills in the cold Atlantic waters off Wells Beach.
Beavertail State Park occupies what was the site of Ft. Burnside on Conanicut Island in Narragansett Bay, RI. The park covers 153 acres at the southernmost end of the island and invites visitors to picnic, hike and fish. You can also visit the museum that is part of Beavertail Lighthouse, an active guide to navigation since 1749.
If you sail into Narragansett Bay via the East Passage between Conanicut and Aquidneck Islands, the Castle Hill Lighthouse stands to welcome you from the Newport, RI shore. Located at the end of Ocean Drive in Newport, the light was completed in 1890. The conical tower is 34 feet tall and built of granite blocks. Equipped with a Fifth order Fresnel lens, the light can be seen for 12 nautical miles.
The light station marking the entrance to Port Clyde Harbor, ME was established in 1832 and illuminated by 7 lard-oil lamps. The current Marshall Point Lighthouse (above) replaced it in 1857. The 31-foot tall brick tower is connected to the peninsula by a long wooden runway along which actor Tom Hanks concluded his run in the film “Forrest Gump.” Now automated, the light’s 300 mm (12 inch) lens shines fixed white and can be seen for 13 nautical miles.
Dusk along the Atlantic shore at York, ME reveals a full moon rising in a clear summer sky. English settlers arrived here in 1624, but the town shown most brightly in the late 19th century after tourists began arriving. They continue to come, attracted by fine golf courses and sandy beaches.
The largest cascade at Kent Falls State Park sends water careering more than 70 feet into a reflecting pool below, but you can enjoy the falls in Kent, CT whenever you visit. What we can only enjoy at special moments of the year is the superb fall color that transforms an ordinary maple tree into a glowing orb of light.
The stone bridge at Gillette Castle State Park in East Haddam, CT originally carried a section of the 3-mile-long narrow-gauge railroad built as part of the estate actor William Gillette constructed in 1919 overlooking the Connecticut River. The extraordinary 24-room, 14,000 square-foot “castle” is built of fieldstone in a style that blends Victorian and Arts and Crafts with whimsy, but the railroad was especially entertaining; even Albert Einstein enjoyed a ride.
Built using traditional methods, the Henniker, NH covered bridge was constructed in 1972 by father and son Milton and Arnold Graton. The Town lattice truss design extends 136 feet 7 inches across the Contoocook River and serves as a foot bridge connecting the main campus of New England College with 20 acres of athletic fields across the river.
Franconia Notch State Park reaches across nearly 7,000 acres of mountainous terrain in northern New Hampshire. Skiers and hikers will always find engagement here. Just beyond the limits of the park is the 5,249-foot summit of Mt. Lafayette, seen here with an early dusting of snow.
Arlington, VT is in the Valley of Vermont between the Green Mountains in the east and the Taconic Range in the west. The village of West Arlington boasts one of the state’s oldest covered bridges. Built in 1852, the Town lattice truss Arlington Green Covered Bridge extends 80 feet across Batten Kill river. From Route 313, the bridge takes you to the front door of the Chapel on the Green, or up the street to the former home of Norman Rockwell, now an inn.
By November all the apples are off the trees and eating one or two every day would probably do you good. This farm stand In Northfield Falls, a village in central Vermont, has an attractive variety on offer.
The brooks and rivers that flow through Hawley, MA must rank among the town’s most appealing attractions. A rural outpost in the Berkshire Hills not far from the Vermont border, the town claims only about 300 residents. Massachusetts can boast of only a few bogs that have been preserved in their natural state, and the Hawley Bog is one of them.
The spirit of the Christmas season has inspired the owners of this dock in Amesbury, MA to decorate. First settled in 1637 when John Bayly crossed the Merrimack River from Newbury to clear land for a farm, during the 19th century Amesbury grew into a booming manufacturing center that was undone by the Great Depression. Attractive housing stock from the industrial era, however, has kept Amesbury an appealing place to live.