S: Vermont & New Hampshire October 2009
FC: 20th wedding anniversary | october 10 - 16, 2009 | vermont & new hampshire | mark & georgeann forester
1: To celebrate our 20th anniversary of wedded bliss, we went to Vermont & New Hampshire for the first time. The fall colors were wonderful....
2: Silver Fountain Inn Built in 1871, a beautiful 3- story Victorian bed & breakfast in Dover, New Hampshire. | On the way to the inn, we past a Nudist Resort --ummm, wonder what it's like to go during the winter? | Throughout the house are Italian carved plaster ceilings, Honduran mahogany paneling, marble baseboards, French Caen sandstone fireplaces, Italian slate and French parquet floors, leaded glass windows, Austrian hand -cut crystal doorknobs and Belgium light fixtures.
3: Mark and Georgeann with Susan Chang, the owner of the Silver Fountain Inn. | Above left: house across the street from the inn Above right: magnificent staircase in the main foyer with hand-painted trump l'oile canvas wallpaper. Below: hydrangeas planted around the silver fountain in the front of the inn
4: We stayed in the Oak Room. Queen-size bed and private bath - - this was the master bedroom of the original owners in the late 1800s. The heater behind Mark (right) is original and it "sang" and whistled to us in the morning. Below left and middle: We drove over the river to Kittery, Maine to Warren's Seafood for dinner. The clam chowder and lobster were wonderful! We were even given a key to try to unlock a treasure chest for a prize! Below far right: original light switches
5: Above left: part of the original library with hidden doors for the liquor cabinets Above middle: porcelain tub shower in our bathroom - notice the 5 shower knobs - top ones were hot and cold for shower, bottom ones were hot and cold for tub. Lower left: markers on hydrants in case of snow piling up | The evening of our stay at the inn, the owner had provided tea, which we enjoyed in the cold on the porch. We both really enjoyed the 'Midsummer Night's Dream' tea along with cranberry cookies. She even had individual teapots for her guests. For breakfast we had a fruit cup, OJ, tea, apple cinnamon muffins, scrambled eggs, bacon and cinnamon raisin bread (Georgeann) and waffles with strawberries and bacon (Mark).
6: Franconia Notch State Park in New Hampshire We hiked about 2 miles to view the Flume Gorge which was discovered in 1808. The trails were rather steep, so there was huffin' and puffin' from Georgeann!
7: The Flume is a natural granite gorge extending 800 feet at the base of Mount Liberty. We walked past towering moss covered granite walls, cascading waterfalls and historic covered bridges. Lower left: Pemigewasset River covered bridge built in 1886. Lower right: wolf's den
8: Below: Pollyanna statue - Littleton was the hometown of the creator of Pollyanna, author Eleanor H. Porter. | Ate Clam Chowder, Cream of Spinach soup, Salisbury steak and a turkey sandwich at the diner. At the last minute, we learn about and went to the Firetruck Parade on Main Street at 7pm and it was cold!
9: Lower left: The Village Bookstore Lower right: window display at Chutters' Candy Shop. | Left page: Littleton, New Hampshire - stayed at the historic Thayer's Inn . This inn was the first of its kind built in 1843 with modern conveniences of its time. Our room was on the slanted side though..... | Above left: Chutters has the Guinness World Record for the longest candy counter. Lower left: every type of Gummi candy imaginable -- even cherries!
10: Bath, NH Stopped at Bath United Church of Christ Fund Raising Sale. Ate the best pumpkin whoopie pie, maple and molasses cookies! Also bought the cutest pair of child-size, hand knit mittens. | Above: Bath United Church of Christ Middle: NH oldest covered bridge built in 1832 Left: Mobile ATM
11: Waterbury, VT Ben & Jerry's Factory Headquarters Ate Cherry Garcia (the #1 selling ice cream) and Butter Pecan. Most hysterical part was the Flavor Graveyard. Tombstones depicting the ice cream flavors that didn't make it. Funny, funny poems on the tombstones!
12: Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, VT Electra Havemeyer Webb's collection of Americana
13: Right: Grandma Moses, "The Mailman Has Gone" Left and Below: Warren Kimble (lives in Brandon, VT)
14: Left: antique crazy quilt Below Left: Pet squirrel cage Below Middle: antique butter/candy mold Right Page: antique quilts and 1950s house
17: Far left page: J&R Eatery, Pittsford, VT - very friendly staff. We had the best pancakes: Mark had buckwheat pancakes and Georgeann had a pancake sandwich - layered blueberry pancake, bacon, blueberry pancake, with Vermont syrup and scrambled eggs on top -- very delicious! We saw many "Brake for Moose" and "Moose Crossing" signs, but didn't see one live moose! Above: Judith Reilly, Fabric Artist print entitled "Rainbow Window Farm"
19: Throughout the home is Honduras mahogany paneling, Italian fireplaces, black cherry paneling, Tiffany chandelier, old ivory woodwork, a concert reed organ, tiger's eye maple molding, hand painted ceilings, a ballroom on the third floor and a large veranda offers a gorgeous view of the countryside and the Killington Mountain range. Left page, far left: Beatrice the cat who wandered into the castle a couple of days before we were there. Many of us on the tour took turns holding her! Left page, far bottom right: view of the carriage house from the veranda | Wilson Castle, Proctor, VT Built in seven and a half years in the mid 1800s and cost $1.3 million dollars to build. It's a 115 acre estate with three stories divided into 32 rooms. It has 84 stained glass windows and 13 fireplaces finished with imported tiles and bronze. Our tour guide, Levi, was quite the actor and kept the tour very interesting.
20: Liberty Hill Farm, B&B, working dairy farm in Rochester, VT Wonderful conversation with new friends! | 1825 farmhouse Owners Bob and Beth Kennett | Liberty Hill Farm's 1890 red barn
21: One of the chickens on top of a mountain of cow feed | Liberty Hill Farm | Evening milking and wearing our borrowed boots | A very engorged new momma cow | Georgeann holding one of the barn cats, Karen | Mark on the front porch next to the plethora of boots
22: "Rush hour in Vermont" | Quilt in our bedroom with same fabric like the dress I wore when Mark proposed, Sept. 2, 1988
23: Beth Kennett and best friend Lois Bond, who was a wonderful help in the kitchen | Many beautiful fall colors to put in between contact paper to bring home | Left: Our wonderful breakfast of scrambled eggs, bacon, maple sweet rolls, blueberry cake, baked oatmeal, homemade applesauce, cold apple cider and coffee | The Kennetts belong to the Cabot Dairy Industry and much of their cow's milk goes to make Cabot Cheese. For dinner the night before we ate pork loin with blueberry sauce, creamed butternut squash, cabbage with cranberries, scallop potatoes, homemade applesauce, sweet rolls, salad, coffee or hot tea with apple raisin pudding.
24: Above: cows would lay down after being milked Above right: stopped at a general store on the way out to buy some crackers and Cabot Sharp Cheddar Cheese | Left: Liberty Hill Farm puzzle designed by Lois's son, Seth Bond and manufactured in Vermont by Mapleworks Toy Company Above right: bird making a home in outside wall of general store
25: It was enjoyable spending time with George and Karen from Washington, also staying at the farm. We were laughing so much at the clomping of George and Mark's boots as they were walking since they were too big for their feet! And could those cows pee and poop -- sounded like clapping when it happened! | Above and far right: our bedroom at Liberty Hill Farm, The Train Room | Middle left: hilarious cow to watch drinking water and splashing away! | We talked with Asa and Dave (one of Beth and Bob's sons) in the milking barn. We found out Dave gives every cow a name and knows them all by name (by markings and udder) and could tell you each cow's grandparents and great-grandparents.
26: Beth and Bob Kennett, owners of Liberty Hill Farm since 1979 | One of the quilts on twin beds upstairs
27: Beth's own family farming history dates back to the 17th century in Maine on the same land, and Bob's roots run deep in New Hampshire soil. Both families were horrified when Beth and Bob moved "west" to this 109 acres spread in Vermont.
28: Rochester, VT Below and below left: Rochester Public Library | Left: Entrance to a pottery shop Right: Fine example of a farmhouse connected to its barn to allow the owners easy access during winter
29: Above: Mark holding Beth's bowls from The Bowl Mill where they make up to 6 nested bowls from one piece of hardwood. | Verne Monty the bear on the porch of The Bowl Mill in Granville, VT
30: We finally bought some Vermont maple syrup from Ralph Darrah at his home. The cemetery across the street from his house was very rustic with stone walls.
31: Ralph Darrah in his sugar house | Ralph's diary of trees tapped and syrup made Below: cross-section of maple tree tappings
32: Vermont Country Store Weston, VT HUGE country store filled to the rafters of hard to find items from vintage games to flannel gowns. The chocolate shop area smells heavenly! It was one fully packed store filled to the brim with items and people! | Right page: The Chocolate Barn in Shaftsbury, VT. The barn itself is an old sheep barn. The owner, Lucinda Gregory, has been hand-dipping chocolate into candies since 1976 and only uses Swiss chocolate. She used to travel all over Europe to find antique chocolate molds and has over 800 of them for sale at the shop.
34: Old First Church Bennington, VT Built 1806 Congregation organized 1762
36: Hildene - the summer home in Manchester, VT of Robert Todd Lincoln, the only surviving child of Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln | The house was built from 1903 to 1905. It is a Georgian Revival style with beautiful views of a Vermont valley below.
37: Above left: painting found in the attic during restoration in perfect condition. Left: Mr. Tower's office, secretary to Robert Todd Above right: linen closet
38: Views from the Hildene gardens
40: Since it was the bicentennial celebration of Abraham Lincoln, one of his three remaining stovepipe hats was on display. Right: Service bell center for the butler and maids
41: Above: Dining room Below: Front entry to home | Above and below: Kitchen
43: Vermont and New Hampshire churches
46: Vermont and New Hampshire barns
53: Fall colors of Vermont and New Hampshire
56: Covered bridges of Vermont and New Hampshire
57: As we traveled throughout New Hampshire, we noticed many of the license plates were readable!
59: Above right: snowy ski slopes