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The History of Indian Summer

Indian summer evolved over the centuries from a pioneer superstition to the poet’s best friend to the meteorologists’ whipping boy. It is a period of unusually warm, still days that follow a cold spell. The atmosphere is hazy or smoky, the ...

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6 Tallest Trees in New England

Once New England was home to the greatest forests and the tallest trees in the world. They were a major attraction for English colonists and their sponsors, who coveted the huge white pines as masts for the King’s Royal Navy. ...

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The Great Havana Hurricane of 1846

One month after a tropical storm walloped Massachusetts, the Great Havana Hurricane of 1846 blew through New England, flattening factories, collapsing houses, uprooting trees and tearing up railroads. It was a storm of extraordinary size and strength, the most intense ...

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The Fall River Skeleton in Armor

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The Fall River skeleton discovered in 1832 in a sand bank near a church had an unusual feature: It was clad in armor. Not 20 miles north another mysterious discovery had been made: Dighton Rock, a 40-ton boulder with strange ...

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6 Highest Points in New England

You might think the most challenging mountain climbing adventure in New England is Mount Washington in New Hampshire. You would be wrong. It’s actually in Foster, R.I. New England's high points are the subject of much lore and controversy. Henry ...

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The Sinking of the Andrea Doria Ends an Era

The Italian luxury liner Andrea Doria wasn't supposed to sink. She was engineered  using lessons learned from the Titanic. But on a calm summer day in peacetime, she sank off the Nantucket coast in the most shocking maritime disaster since the Titanic. The Andrea ...

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