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    Are Pictures Worth 1000 Words?

    I enjoy visiting historical sites (houses, parks, places of import to different peoples) and taking photos (only where permitted). I also enjoy sharing them afterward. So that’s what I’ll keep doing here. However, it is likely I’ll change from offering a sampling of photos in a single post about a given site to posting several times about the site with one or two images each time. This may affect visibility (supposedly posts with more words are more likely to result in the search-engine optimization) but that’s life. After, all sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words even if search engines can’t recognize it! So here’s a photo for today…

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    Pictures, Text, or Both?

    Let’s get this clear right off the bat: there is no one right answer. That said, I’m wondering about venues for sharing photos and impressions. One reason I started this blog is to do exactly that for historical sites. Originally, I’d thought of sites in many respects–physical ones, but also websites. Yet I’ve leaned more and more towards physical sites not the least because I enjoy visiting them (and getting different takes on the places offered by their respective guides) but also because I tend to take a number of photos. And the photos, increasingly, are what I’ve shared. Blogs are fine for this. Nevertheless, I was exposed to Instagram…

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    Old Country Store — Museum

    Last week, I shared photos from a visit to the Old Country Store in Moultonborough. This week’s photos come from climbing up the stairs into the museum on the second floor. My general impression of the museum can be summed up in one word: STUFF. Good stuff, valuable stuff, but overall a lot of STUFF! It’s quite evident the owners put time and thought into arranging the items they have on display. Most are grouped together by function, and most have distinct functions. There are few to no pieces of frippery. Rather, the displays show the kinds of things people used to do a lot of work now dominated by…

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    Moultonborough Old Country Store

    Up in the Lakes District of New Hampshire, on one of the main state routes, sits the Old Country Store of Moultonborough. It’s now a country store and museum. By country store, they mean they sell a little of everything. Exactly what everything has changed some over the years–I saw a lot more tchotchkes this time than I remember from before–but there’s food, clothing, cooking utensils, and books. You can park in back of the store. Once upon a time parking in front was allowed, but things got busy, so . . . here’s the view coming around from the parking lot in back. Plus two views of the front.…

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    Coteau-du-lac National Historic Site

    For a last Canadian historic site (for now), here are photos from a visit to Coteau-du-lac National Historic Site. This is on the northern shore of the St. Lawrence River, the site of the first lock canal in Canada, plus the remains of a fort . . . and more. This first photo is of a model of the fort. It shows the lock canal and general outlines of the fort as it was in it’s heyday — but also, it shows a canal/passage older than the lock canal which winds around the headway. This is a spot which people have been using for centuries to passage between two lakes…

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    Fort Chambly National Historic Site

    While up in Quebec a month or so ago, I stopped at Fort Chambly National Historic Site. It’s located south and east of Montreal. It was an absolutely gorgeous day when I was there. Alas, I arrived a bit too late, since I’d visited a different site earlier (photo & account next week!). Oh, I was able to get into the site and walk around all right . . . but, horrors of horrors (yes there’s a bit of sarcasm in this), I actually had to pay for parking. This being not only a gorgeous day but Sunday, a sizable number of citizens had come out to enjoy themselves. The…

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    Big Bone Lick State Historic Site

    Okay, I’ll admit it. One of the reasons I visited Big Bone Lick State Historic Site was to see the bison. And they were worth it (there were calves!)–for the benefit of those who prefer not to read or scroll all the way to the end, here are a few photos. Getting those photos took rather longer than I would have wished. I had my dog Riley with me. He’s a medium-sized dog, but when he wants to he can let loose with high-pitched yapping. Bison evidently were worthy of all the yaps he could summon. It took quite a while to settle him down to the point I could…

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    Uncle Tom’s Cabin

    When I hear or read the phrase “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” I think of the book by Harriet Beecher Stowe. Most people in the United States who are at all familiar with 19th century American history probably have the same association. Canadians may have a different view on the matter, however. Ontario has the Uncle Tom’s Cabin Historic Site, run by the Ontario Heritage Trust. It sits at a site where Rev. Josiah and Nancy Henson lived and lead the Dawn Settlement–a Black settlement mostly of people who had escaped from slavery in the United States, as the Hensons did. Indeed, Rev. Josiah, Nancy, and their four children escaped along the…

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    Southwold Earthworks

    This summer, I took a side trip or two up into Canada. I didn’t spend all my time taking photos, but I did manage to visit a few historic sites and bring back some images. We’ll start with the Southwold Earthworks. This is a National Historic Site. It’s not that far off one of the main east-west arteries through Ontario. These earthworks are all that remain of an Attiwandaron village from around 1500-1650 C.E. They were part of the Iroquois, the “Neutral Iroquois.” The earthworks themselves are mostly the defensive walls surrounding the village. Many are mown regularly by someone who lives nearby, some are in the woods. It’s a…

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    History, Experience, and Views: Mount Washington Cog Railway

    I happened to be in New Hampshire a while back and took a ride on the cog railway up Mount Washington. This is the second time I’ve done so–the first was about 20 years ago give or take. The cog railway was the first such, following patents, and built in the late 19th century. It’s still in operation, a private enterprise which runs profitable (I presume) pleasure runs up and down the mountain. Nevertheless, things have changed since the first runs and even since the start of the 21st century! The biggest change is that most of the trains are now bio-diesel. The Railway keeps a few coal-fired trains running…

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