I'm planning a trip to New England to go leaf peeping. I plan
on hitting a few of the Shaker villages and who could go to Maine
without stopping at Lie Nielson...
Anyone got suggestions on other good woodworking sites or tool
museum type places in New England?
On U.S. 1, the Maine state prison has a store where they sell the wood
craft stuff the prisoners make. It's been several years since I was
there but I was impressed by the quality of their work. I think it was
just south of Lincoln, Maine.
The prison store is in Thomaston. An interesting visit. Thomaston was
also the site of the prison, since torn down, that was the model for the
The Owls Head Transportation Museum is terrific - planes, cars,
motorcycles, stagecoaches, etc. - all in immaculate, running condition.
It was my understanding that the Mansfield reformatory located in
Mansfield, Ohio is where the movie was actually shot just before it
was torn down.
Back in the days when prisons like that were built stone walls,
several feet thick, with walkways for the guards on top was the design
I grew up about 30 miles from Mansfiled, and the site of those black
stone walls made an impression on me as a 10 year old.
On Jul 14, 3:44 am, email@example.com wrote:
You could see about stopping by the offices of Taunton - the
publishers of Fine Woodworking and Fine Homebuilding. They're in
Newtown, CT. Not sure if they offer tours, but if you call I bet
they'd let you take a peek at their testing and photography shops.
Old Sturbridge Village might be worth a look--it's "Intepretive history"
like Willamsburg and may be a bit touristy for you, but they do have a
working cooper shop and a sawmill using pre-1840 technology.
Also, if you get to Boston, the U.S.S. Constitution is worth seeing--200
years old and still a commissioned vessel of the United States Navy.
I enjoyed seeing the Maine Maritime Museum and shipyard at Bath Maine. They
have the tools and boats on display.
Mystic Seaport features wooden boat building as well as many other displays
The Shaker village at Canterbury N.H. was really a treat.
The Rhode Island School of Design in Providence has a major collection of
18th century furniture.
I've never seen it, but I understand that the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston
has a major furniture collection.
The Peabody Museum in Salem Maine is worth a visit. A lot of the China trade
furniture and artifacts are there.
The shipbuilding school in Newport, RI is also pretty cool to see.
All of the suggested places sound great. As a native New Englander I have
been to a lot of them.
I am not when you are coming or how long you are here but if your trip
coincides with one of the open houses at the Lowell Boat House in Amesbury,
MA http://www.lowellsboatshop.com it may be worth a quick deviation off the
Hard to tell what route I will be taking... My wife has been tasked
with planning the trip. That's why I am trying to get a few
suggestions to "guide" her along...
Right now it looks like we fly into Boston on Oct 4th and out on Oct
18th. She is leaning on heading straight out to the end of Maine and
then looping back through the White Mtns in NH. Over to the edge on
Vermont and down the west side to Mass. Definitely through Mystic and
Newport before back to Logan.
14 nights and probably 15 motels!!! LOTS of driving. But like she
says - "We're going to look at the leaves. You have to drive to them,
they won't come to you."
Yea, right . . . like my wife was tasked with planning the itinerary for
our trip. She assigned the task herself. She did a great job though . . . I
was along for the ride. :-)
It has nothing to do with woodworking, but the cog railway at Mount
Washington in Vermont is an interesting stop.
We flew into Providence.
Mount Washington is an interesting stop regardless, especially if you time
it right on a foliage tour. But carry clothing for _anything_--highly
variable weather at the top and when Mount Washington decides to hit an
extreme, it doesn't believe in half measures.
Thinking back on our trip, my wife acquired the itineraries of some bus
tours and pretty much followed that. It was a good trip. We flew into
Providence and rented a car there. It was a convenient place to work out of.
Beware the cost of lodging in the Boston area though. I think the most
expensive was at Bar Harbor in Maine.
Oh, yeah. My wife and I were driving by on a nice fall day. I said "Do you
want to drive up?". She said "Sure".
When we got to the top, visibility was 50 feet, the wind was 50 mph, and the
temperature was 40. We were impressed that the buildings on top were tied down
with steel cables over the roofs.
That was a nice day, then. More typical in the fall is 25ft,
100 mph, 30F and blowing snow. OTOH, I was up there once the
week after labor day, and it was 68F, 100 miles, 10-15 mph, so
you never know what you'll get.
I look forward to trying to get to the top. It'll be Oct 10th when we
get there. If it's too bad I'm not going to drive it just to say I
Do want to take the cog railroad. What kind of weather can we expect
on the cog around Oct 10th?
They won't let you try if the weather is too bad.
Also, you should be aware of the vehicle limits
http://www.mountwashingtonautoroad.com/Page-23.html . This shouldn't be an
issue for a rental but it's best to be sure.
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