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The Six Largest Historic Districts in New England

Identifying the largest historic districts in New England was no easy task, as the region has so many collections of historic buildings, landscapes, cemeteries, lighthouses and bridges. It was especially tough to decide on the largest historic district in Rhode ...

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Six Revolutionary Forts

The remains of dozens of revolutionary forts can be found throughout New England. Some, like Fort Halifax in Maine, date to the French and Indian wars. Others, like Fort Washington in Massachusetts, were built during the American Revolution. They range ...

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The New England Inns and Taverns Quiz

Who doesn't love New England's historic inns and taverns? Nowhere else in the country are there so many old watering holes and rest stops that date to the American Revolution -- and before. Longfellow's Wayside Inn, for example, opened as an ...

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Six Oldest Libraries in New England

Identifying New England’s oldest libraries is no easy task, as the first colonists valued literacy and education for boys and girls. The Puritans, after all, wanted everyone to read the Bible. Many New England libraries evolved over time from private collections ...

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The Jumping Frenchmen of Maine

In 1880, Dr. George Miller Beard boarded a train for Moosehead Lake in Maine to see for himself the strange lumberjacks known as Jumping Frenchmen. Many lumber camps had them. The jumping Frenchmen tended to be shy, ticklish French-Canadians who ...

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Six Brutalist Buildings

Two of the most famous Brutalist buildings in America are still provoking strong emotions in New England decades after they first reared their heavy concrete heads. The massive buildings – Boston City Hall and Rudolph Hall -- are appropriately in ...

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Six Sears Houses

In the early part of the 20th century you could buy a Sears house for the price of a good pair of shoes today. In 2005, a high-end Sears home sold for $900,000. Sears sold about 100,000 kit houses from ...

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