Monday, November 12, 2018

Peterborough New Hampshire and Beyond


After arriving in Peterborough New Hampshire via US Hwy. 202, it threatening more rain and it was time for lunch.  Then I spotted a restaurant…a diner…that we couldn’t resist just based on appearance alone!


This is the Peterboro Diner.  Its official name is the Peterborough Diner…but the correct spelling is too long to fit on the side of this classic New England diner.

The Peterborough Diner is an historic late 1940s, early 1950s Worcester Lunch Car Diner.  It was the first one made with this color combination.  It was placed in this location, in Depot Square, near the heart of downtown Peterborough, back in 1949.   


We loved the interior of the Peterborough Diner, don’t you?  The checkboard pattern on the floor, that classic curved ceiling and the traditional long narrow dining area with the counter and stools all the way down the length of the structure.

The place was loaded with regulars…many who the waitresses knew well enough to know what they’d order for lunch.  We sat at the counter just to soak up the diner’s ambience!  It was fairly busy given the rainy day and the fact that it was after the normal lunch hour…


Old time for sure!  There is nothing like an old time advertising placemat to validate a restaurant’s style… Laurie and I love to see these mostly forgotten advertising placemats.  This one covers everything from auto mechanics through plumbers, guns and ammo to end of life care.


I had the Hot Pastrami on Rye. ($9.99) The fact that both the pastrami and the rye bread were grilled really added great flavor to the sandwich.  All sandwiches at the diner are served with your choice of bread, lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise as well as French fries, potato salad, coleslaw or potato chips.


Laurie went for a grilled Hot Dog with Cheese plus a bag of chips. ($3.99) The fact that the hot dog was split and both it and the bun were grilled, knocked it out of the park as compared to the usual preparation!

The lunch menu is as wide reaching as a diner’s menu should be.  In addition to sandwiches, burgers and the like, there are diner baskets featuring chicken and fish, spaghetti, macaroni, Shepard’s pie, chicken parmesan, Yankee pot roast and that all time oldie, liver and onions with bacon! 

We enjoyed the diner, the diners and our waitress!  We wish we had a place like this near us in East Tennessee… Peterborough/Peterboro Diner is open daily for breakfast and lunch, from 7 AM until 3 PM.  The diner is located at 10 Depot Street in Depot Square.  Phone: 603-924-6710.  Their website is at http://peterboroughdiner.com/.


If you noted the diner’s location, you may have noticed that it’s on Depot Square.  That meant shopping for Laurie…my mistake!  While she went shopping I moved quickly to take some photos as heavy rain appeared imminent.

Peterborough is an old town and it used to be quite an industrial center.  It was first permanently settled in 1749.  The Contoocook River and Nubanusit Brook provided ready sites for watermills and the town prospered.  By 1859, there were 5 cotton factories, a woolen mill, 2 paper mills, an iron foundry, a machine shop, a carriage factory, a basket manufacturer, a maker of trusses and supporters, a boot and shoe factory, 7 sawmills and 3 gristmills! 


The Mariposa Museum and World Culture Center at 26 Main Street occupies the former Baptist Church.  The building dates back to 1842, when it served local mill workers.  The church was disbanded in 1926.  Among others, parts of the structure were subsequently used by the Scouts, as an art gallery, an antique store, a ballet school, a harness shop, barber shop, shoe store and an electronics store.A fire in 1999 gutted the building and it sat empty for 2 years. 

Then two townspeople bought the building, rebuilt the interior and transformed it into a museum and cultural center.  To quote from their website: “The Mariposa Museum brings the rich diversity of world cultures to New England.  Through educational programs, exhibits, performances and workshops, we provide a unique place for children, seniors and adults to celebrate our common humanity."

For more information regarding the Mariposa Museum and World Culture Center, go to http://mariposamuseum.org/.


The Carr Block at 44 Main Street, which is apparently a multi-unit residential property, was built in 1842.


This frame construction Second Empire style commercial block, the Anderson Building, with its mansard roof, was built at 40 Main Street ca. 1872.  

The building is occupied by Steele’s Stationers.  Steele’s is under new ownership now, but it originally opened its doors in 1860.  One of the oldest businesses in the area, the store still has the original ornate tin ceiling and classic wood floors.

This store supplies office needs, books, writing materials, maps, newspapers, magazines and the largest selection of cigars in the area.  To learn more, go to https://www.steelesstationers.com.


The Coopers Hill Public House at 6 School Street in Peterborough occupies a portion of the structure that also serves as the Community Theater.  The Theater is still in business with both movies and live shows.  Cooper’s Hill Public House opened in its space in 2017.

Peterborough Community Theater is the oldest movie theater in New Hampshire.  It celebrated 104 years of movies in September of this year.  It was originally named the Gem Theater and it could seat 500.  In 1914, adult admission was 10 cents, children cost 5 cents…and if you wanted to splurge, a balcony seat was 15 cents!

To learn about Coopers Hill Public House and to check out their menu, go to: http://www.coopershillpublichouse.com/.  For information regarding the Peterborough Community Theater, go to: http://pctmovies.com/.  

Note:

·         Despite the fact that the total population of Peterborough is around 6,500, it has had a lot of political clout over the years.  It has produced 1 US Senator, 9 US Congressmen and 5 Governors!   




It started pouring rain, so I stopped taking photos and headed for the stores on Depot Square looking for my better half.  I knew that it was trouble when I saw the name of the store she was in… The Sharon Arts Center Fine Craft Store has a lot of quality items for sale.  It’s affiliated with the New Hampshire Institute of Art!  The store is well merchandised and even I was impressed with the offerings…

The Sharon Arts Center Fine Craft Store is located at 20 Depot Street in Peterborough New Hampshire.  Its open daily.  Phone: 603-836-2591.  I couldn’t find a website for the store itself and the NHIA site didn’t help either…


The shopping was completed and the rain let up.  So we headed north on US Hwy. 202.  In Bennington New Hampshire, I stopped to take a photo of this old combination passenger and freight railway depot.  It was built by the Boston and Maine Railway in 1892 but it was moved across the street from its original site in 1936.  As you can see, it now serves as the home of the Brown-Knight Memorial VFW Post 8268. 

That’s all for now… Just click on any of the photos to enlarge them.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!

Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

Friday, November 9, 2018

North to New Hampshire…


Time for us to head north toward New Hampshire and our eventual goal along the Maine Coast.  We left Waterford Connecticut on CT Hwy. 32 and then took I-395 until we exited on CT Hwy. 169.  As usual, I was attempting to minimize our time on the Interstate Highway system…


Highway 169 is shown as a scenic route on many maps.  It didn’t take long before we started taking photos!  It was the beginning of many photos of striking architectural buildings along our route.

This is the John Bishop House and Museum in Lisbon Connecticut.  It was built ca. 1810 and it’s operated and maintained through the Lisbon Historical Society.  This Federal-style L-shaped farmhouse at 11 South Burnham Highway has 7 fireplaces.  Its worthy of note that this home has a well in the pantry/buttery so the family didn’t have to go outside to get water.


Four successive Congregational Church buildings had occupied the same spot on Canterbury Green (Canterbury Connecticut) over a 300 year period.  The church (congregation) was established in 1711 and then work began on the first church at the Green’s highest point.  The second church was built in 1735 and the third in 1805.  This church may look old but in reality it was built in 1964 to replace the previous building that burned down in 1963.  It does have that classic New England look though…


This house is known by various names…the Prudence Crandall House, Elisha Payne House and as the Prudence Crandall School for Negro Girls.  The house is notable for being the home of Prudence Crandall, abolitionist and educator and for being the school for African American girls from 1832 until 1834.  The home, which was built in 1805, is now home to the Prudence Crandall Museum. 

When the school first opened it had all-white students, then Crandall admitted one black girl.  This is believed to be the first integrated secondary school in the USA.  However, admission of the black girl led to protests and the withdrawal of the white students.  Crandall then re-opened the school as an all-black school with up to 24 students, mostly boarding students from other states. 

Court challenges followed and the case became a national sensation.  The Connecticut Legislature passed a “Black Law” in 1833 prohibiting blacks from out-of-state to receive education unless the town the school was in specifically allowed it.  Crandall was arrested and spent a night in jail.  Later, after receiving a court ruling in favor of the school, a mob attacked the school with clubs and iron bars breaking 90 windows.  It had to be terrifying for the students and Prudence as well… She closed the school the next day.

Note:

·         Prudence Crandall is the official female hero of the State of Connecticut.


This is the “new” Trinity Episcopal Church in Brooklyn Connecticut.  This stone Gothic Revival church was built in the town center in 1866.  Although this striking structure with its parish house are where most services and celebrations are held, the “Old” Trinity Episcopal Church, a wooden structure that we didn’t see, is just down the road.  That church and this congregation is 247 years old, having been established in 1771. 

The “Old” church is the oldest remaining Episcopal Church in Connecticut.  For information and to see a couple of photos, just go to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trinity_Church_(Brooklyn,_Connecticut).


The Unitarian Meetinghouse in Brooklyn Connecticut was completed in 1774.  Along with the old Trinity Episcopal Church, this is one of a small number of pre-Revolutionary churches remaining in the state.  This congregation was organized in 1731 and their first meeting house was in the nearby town of Pomfret.  The Brooklyn Meetinghouse was first proposed in 1763, but was opposed for many years by local Anglicans (Episcopalians).  The bell tower is actually a ‘new’ addition to the Meetinghouse, having been added in 1845.

This church’s first Unitarian Minister was the Reverend Samuel May.  He was a noted peace activist, education reformer, temperance crusader and supporter of women’s rights.  He was one of the principal supporters of Prudence Crandall and her school.  In 1871, the Unitarian Universalist Society in Brooklyn ordained Rev. Celia Burleigh, the first female Unitarian minister in the country.


This is the Town Hall for Brooklyn Connecticut.  This 2.5 story Federal style building was built in 1820.  It has a full basement.  I couldn’t find much about this building, except that prior to its use as the town hall, it served the town as a jail. 


This is the Lasell Alumni House at Pomfret School in Pomfret Connecticut.  The school was founded in 1894.  The campus includes brick Georgian and Colonial Revival buildings built during the first decade of the 1900s.  The campus was designed by renowned Landscape designer Frederick Law Olmsted. (He designed Central Park in New York City and many others) Well known architect Ernest Flag designed many of the building on campus. (Learn more about Flag at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ernest_Flagg)

Pomfret School is an independent college preparatory boarding and day school serving 360 students from grades 9 through 12.  The average class size is 11 and there is a teacher student ratio of 6:1.  I personally attended a college prep school, DeVeaux School in Niagara Falls NY, but it wasn’t as upscale as Pomfret School appears to be.

A number of buildings on campus are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Some of the more significant structures include: The Admissions Building, ca. 1888; The Headmaster’s House built in 1896; Pomfret School’s Clark Chapel – 1908; The School House – 1907, and; four brick dormitories ca. 1910.

To learn more about the Pomfret School, you can go to their website at https://www.pomfret.org/.  It’s pretty impressive…


This is Roseland Cottage, aka. Henry C. Bowen House, in Woodstock Connecticut.  The ‘cottage’ is listed as a National Historic Landmark and it’s considered to be one of the best-preserved and best documented Gothic summer houses in the USA.  The original interior décor is virtually intact.  The entire complex includes a boxwood parterre garden, an ice house, garden house, carriage barn and the nation’s oldest surviving indoor bowling alley.

To say the Henry Chandler Bowen was ‘connected’ would apparently be an understatement.  Chandler was a businessman, philanthropist and publisher.  He founded the New York based Newspaper, The Independent

Beginning in 1870, the year that Congress made July 4th an official Federal Holiday, the largest Fourth of July celebrations in the United States were held at Roseland Cottage.  Four US Presidents visited the home as guests and speakers for these events.  They included Ulysses S. Grant, Benjamin Harrison, Rutherford B. Hayes and William McKinley.  Other prominent visitors included Henry Ward Beecher, Julia Ward Howe, Oliver Wendell Holmes and John C. Fremont.


Woodstock Connecticut is just about 4 miles north of Pomfret on CT Hwy. 169…and here is another historic school.  This is the Woodstock Academy’s Classroom Building.  Built in 1873, it’s the oldest building on the campus of the Woodstock Academy.  It’s the only academic building in the state that has retained significant Italianate features.

Woodstock Academy was founded in 1801.  This independent high school serves residents from Brooklyn, Canterbury, Eastford, Pomfret, Union and Woodstock Connecticut.  Taxpayers from the various towns listed above pay student tuition through municipal taxes.  The school also accepts tuition paying students from other surrounding towns and states as day students and from elsewhere in the USA and the world as boarding students.

Remember Henry Chandler Bowen, the original owner of Roseland Cottage and mega host for July 4th celebrations?  In 1843, Bowen purchased and renovated the Woodstock Academy.  He also built a boarding house next to the school.  He came to the rescue again in 1867, raising funds for a new dormitory. 
To learn more about Woodstock Academy, just go to https://www.woodstockacademy.org/.


I’ve been unable to find any information regarding the Crossroads Christian Church.  It is a classic and handsome structure… I found another photo of it in Flickr giving its location in North Woodstock Connecticut.  I should have written down the location when I took the photo but I figured (in error) that finding it on the Internet would be a ‘no-brainer’.  Wrong!


Notre Dame Catholic Church on Main Street in Southbridge Massachusetts was built from 1912 – 1916.  It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1989.  The parish was founded in 1869 to serve the needs of the French Canadian community who began migrating to the area starting in the 1830s.  

This was the last of 3 churches built in the state for French congregations by Canadian architect Joseph Venne.  This very large church is 190 feet long and 75 feet wide.  The tower is 210 feet high!  The organ for this church was built in 1916 by the Casavant Freres Pipe Organ Company of Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec, Canada.  To learn more about this parish and church, go to http://www.stjp2parish.org/notre-dame-church/.

FYI… About 2.1 million US residents cited a French-Canadian/Canadien ancestry in the 2010 US Census.  Per that census, the majority of them speak French at home.  There is a heavy concentration of Canadien Americans in New England.  In the late 1800s, with few opportunities at home many of them immigrated from Quebec and New Brunswick to work in USA textile mills, saw mills and logging camps.


The First United Methodist Church in Southbridge Massachusetts was founded in 1834.  However, I was unable to find any information on this building and the church’s website doesn’t offer any history either.  It does appear to be an old building…but so did that Congregational Church in Canterbury Connecticut.

To learn about this church community, you can go to http://fumcsouthbridge.org/index.html



By now, it was getting a bit later in the morning and we had an attraction we wanted to check out in New Hampshire before it closed.  So we kept moving along, taking photos whenever the impulse struck us.  Loved this old red New England style home and barn.  It was located somewhere between Southbridge and Barre Massachusetts on MA Hwy 131, 148 or 67. 


The first public library for the town of Barre Massachusetts was founded as the result of a gift from Samuel Gates in 1857, but there wasn’t any building where the collection could be housed.  Space for the library was shared with the Post Office until the Barre Library Association raised the funds to build an actual dedicated library.  A generous gift from a prominent local citizen named Henry Woods pushed the effort over the top.  The library was completed in 1887. 

The Woods Memorial Library, located at 19 Pleasant Street really looks more like an old mansion than a library doesn’t it?  The Library’s website is at https://www.barrelibrary.org/.


The Barre Congregational Church was founded with 32 members in 1827.  Today it has over 230 members.  The church itself was completed in August of 1849.  It was built in one year…on land donated to the church by Henry Woods…the same Henry Woods who gave Barre a high school plus the aforementioned library, both named in his honor. 

Over the years the church has had multiple steeples.  The first one was blown down in 1915, but parishioners fully restored it.  In 1938, the Great Hurricane blew the steeple down again…and it was replaced again.  There is a bell located in the middle tier of the 3-tier steeple.  To learn more about this congregation, go to http://www.barrechurch.com/.

Note:

·         The 1938 Great New England Hurricane was the most powerful and deadly hurricane in recorded New England History.  It was a Category 5 when it first struck Long Island on its route to Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.  It’s estimated that this storm killed 682 people, damaged or destroyed more than 57,000 homes and caused property losses of $4,700,000,000 measured in 2016 dollars.


I thought that I’d end this post with this striking Greek revival home.  This is the Lee/Holman House.  It was built by Abiathar Lawrence in 1840.  He lived in the house until 1877.  It passed through the hands of a couple other individuals until it was purchased by the Barre Gazette Publishers.  They actually printed a local newspaper on the premises from 1933 until 1950.  Today this home is once again a private residence.

That’s about it for now… Just click on any of the photos to enlarge them.

Thanks for riding along with us on the backroads of Connecticut and Massachusetts!

Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Dinner at Capt. Daniel Packer Inne and Restaurant


Following our exploration of Mystic Seaport Museum in Connecticut, a short visit to Watch Hill Rhode Island and a drive to Attleboro Massachusetts to check out our former home, we were back in Mystic Connecticut and it was time for dinner…



Our restaurant of choice for the evening was right across from a marina on the Mystic River.  That blue yacht in the second photo caught my eye…


This is the 90 foot luxury yacht Skyline.  She was built by Horizon in Taiwan and was completed earlier this year.  She has a crew of 3 or 4 and her 5 cabins can accommodate up to 10 guests.  She’s powered by 2 Caterpillar diesel engines with a combined 2,272 horsepower.  Her fuel tanks will hold 13,000 gallons.  I was a little surprised to note that given her sleek look, her top speed is only 16 knots.  

However, she is definitely a luxury vessel!  The design requirements specified by her owners take this ultra-modern yacht over the top.  To view several photos showing the interior beauty of this yacht, just go to https://www.superyachttimes.com/yacht-news/superyacht-of-the-week-sensational-skyline



This was our dining destination for the evening…the Captain Daniel Packer Inne Restaurant and Tavern.  Captain Packer purchased the land in 1754 and completed the structure in 1756.  The property remained in the family from 1754 until the late 1900s!

Back in the 1700s, the inn was a welcome landmark for travelers going between Boston and New York.  Captain Packer had an advantage over any possible competitors as he also operated a rope ferry across the Mystic River just opposite the inn. 




This historic landmark underwent complete restoration beginning in 1979.  It took 4 years!  Preservation of the original fireplaces, mantles, beams and other structural details were achieved via methods of construction similar to those used in the 1700s. 

We dined in the area near the bar on the lower level.  It felt like a room from the late 1700s…with lots of wood, low level lighting, a fireplace, etc.  I took the photo of the upper level dining room as we left the inn after dinner.  From what I’ve read, private dining rooms are also available at the inn.


We started out our meal with a couple of appetizers.  This was the Roasted Garlic with butter and a warm baguette. ($6.00 full/$4.00 half) We hadn’t had anything like this since we moved out of Chicago back in 2009.  It was wonderful!


Our second appetizer was Captain Daniel Packer’s version of the Fried Calamari. ($11.00) This was the first of several enjoyable experiences with spicy fried calamari during our trip.  This version was cooked and served with sliced hot pepper, green onions and roasted garlic cream sauce.  We really liked this change from the usual fried calamari!


Sorry for the dark photo… This was Laurie’s Surf and Turf entrée. ($34.00) Once again she had lobster!  She wouldn’t order this special unless I agreed to eat part of her pot roast.  No problem there!  We were both happy!


This was my entrée.  I ordered the Salmon ($28.00) in order to be ‘healthy’ and also because I knew that part of Laurie’s beef was coming my way!  My salmon was very nice and Laurie’s steak was certainly above average…

This was a very nice dining experience.  The Captain Daniel Packer Inne, Restaurant and Tavern is located at 32 Water Street in Mystic Connecticut.  Phone: 860-536-3555.  Website: www.danielpacker.com. 

…and so ended the 5th day of our exploration of the American northeast!

Just click on any of the photos to enlarge them.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!

Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

Monday, November 5, 2018

Wandering on a Rainy Afternoon...


Shortly after our visit to Mystic Seaport in Mystic Connecticut, we still had plenty of time for further exploration… I’d done a little research ‘just in case’ and I’d noted that Watch Hill Rhode Island was just on the other side of the Connecticut state line and that it was listed everywhere as a scenic small town.

So, off we went! 


Watch Hill is a little isolated…several miles south off Interstate I-95.  It’s situated at the tip of a peninsula, (the most southwester point in Rhode Island), just across Little Narragansett Bay from Connecticut.  From here, boaters have easy access to Block Island Sound and Long Island Sound.

Our first impression was disappointment… This new looking ‘touristy’ shopping area is right off the main street of Watch Hill and adjacent to Watch Hill Cove.  The weather didn’t help our exploration much as it ranged from drizzle to rain while we were in town.  Despite the weather, the ‘downtown’ area was very busy and parking was at a premium.

As per Wikipedia, Watch Hill is an affluent coastal village in the Town of Westerly Rhode Island.  It gained prominence in the late 1800s and early 1900s as an exclusive summer resort.  Wealthy families built huge Victorian ‘cottages’ along the peninsula. 


This was the view along one end of the main street in the business center/shopping area in Watch Hill.  It’s uninspiring… Apparently Watch Hill’s waterfront was once lined with huge Victorian hotels.  Unfortunately, fire and hurricanes destroyed almost all of them in the 1900s.  

Despite the destruction of most of the hotels, the town still has a 629 acre historic district that is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.  If the weather had been better and if my better half hadn’t had another idea, we probably would have explored the side streets and checked out the old homes in the village.

Note:

·         Notable current and former residents of Watch Hill include: Taylor Swift, Conan O’Brien, Andrew Mellon, Henry Ford and Clark Gable.


We decided that we’d find somewhere to have a light lunch and take a break before exploring further.  The St. Clair Annex Ice Cream and Sandwich Shop seemed to be a popular place so we decided to give it a try…


The menu was listed on a board on one wall.  Soups, hot dogs, burgers, grinders, other sandwiches, salads, etc. are offered. 



St. Clair Annex is a very casual place… Customers stand in line to place their orders and you are called when the order is ready.  Service at the counter was gruff and not terribly helpful.


We had Grey Sail Brewery Draft Flagship Ales ($5.50 each) to drink and we tried their Clam Chowder. ($5.95 cup/$7.25 bowl) We thought that the beer was very nice but that the chowder was just OK…


For a sandwich, we ordered an Italian Grinder. ($9.75) It was quite disappointing…


After our lunch, Laurie did a bit of shopping and I wandered around the waterfront taking pictures in the rain.

This is the Watch Hill Yacht Club.  This 2-story, gable-roof, shingle and stucco structure was built in 1939 on pilings in the harbor. (Watch Hill Cove) The Yacht Club was founded in 1913 but the original building was destroyed in the Great Hurricane of 1938.   The Club currently has over 400 Senior and Junior members.


Watch Hill Cove is fairly large, with the entrance channel at mid-point being 5.8 feet deep.  The cove/harbor itself is up to 9.4 feet deep.  It’s a great anchorage for small boats and mid-size yachts.  The cove is very well protected.  I’m sure that it’s quite beautiful on nice sunny days…




Overlooking Watch Hill Cove, this is Watch Hill Inn, originally called the Narragansett House.  Narragansett House was established in 1845.  It was one of 7 luxury hotels along the water’s edge in Watch Hill at the beginning of the 1900s.  The Great Hurricane of 1938, with its devastating winds and flooding, destroyed all but 2 of the hotels, Ocean House and Watch Hill Inn.  With new owners in 1985, this hotel was renamed Watch Hill Inn.  It has been carefully renovated over the years. 


I like boats…and I particularly like antique boats!  I was very pleased to spot Aphrodite moored in the harbor.  This ‘commuter’ yacht was built in 1937 by the Purdy Boat Company.  The original owner was John Hay Whitney, wealthy Wall Street financier, U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom, publisher of the New York Herald Tribune and President of the Museum of the Modern Art…not to mention the fact that he was a member of the wealthy and famous Whitney family. (See the following for more information about the family: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whitney_family)

Each morning ‘Jock’ Whitney would commute on this beautiful 74 foot long ‘commuter yacht from his home on Long Island to his office via New York’s East River to his Wall Street office.  It was a 45 minute ride in each direction.
 
Over the years, guests on the Aphrodite included Fred Astaire, Sir Laurence Olivier, Spencer Tracy, Shirley Temple, Katherine Hepburn, Henry Ford II and Nelson Rockefeller.  During WWII, she was commissioned in the Coast Guard as CGR-557 and she spent much time ferrying dignitaries along the Atlantic coast and transporting President Roosevelt to and from his home in Hyde Park on the Hudson River. 

In 2005, after 33,000 man hours of effort, Aphrodite has been totally restored.  The reborn “Aphrodite” can be seen in action in the following video: https://usharbors.com/video-gallery/aboard-classic-1937-commuter-yacht-aphrodite.  


There was another antique yacht in Watch Hill Cove.  The Miss Asia, built in 1923, is a 1923 62 foot long Consolidated Speedway Luxury Commuter yacht. 

Back in 1924, Motor Boating Magazine stated that “these sleek and sexy power boats, capable of speeds up to 40 miles per hour, were popular with tycoons for zipping back and forth between their country estates and business offices in waterfront cities such as Chicago, Detroit and New York.”

Miss Asia was built for Lawrence Fisher of Fisher Body Works in Detroit Michigan.  She had several owners over the years.  In the 1950s she was purchased by John Jacob Astor VI, son of the famous tycoon who went down with the Titanic.  In the late 1980s, another owner, who was based out of Edgartown Massachusetts, hosted Diana, Princess of Wales aboard the Miss Asia.  In recent years she was purchased by Earl McMillen III, owner of McMillen Yachts and she was completely restored. 


We still had some time left and we could have explored Watch Hill a bit more…but that critical rule “Happy Wife, Happy Life” came into focus.  I decided that I could earn some valuable “points” by acceding to Laurie’s desire to check out our old house in Attleboro Massachusetts. 

So off we went…I-95 through Providence Rhode Island and on into Massachusetts exiting onto MA Hwy. 123 into Attleboro.  The photo above is a side view of our old home.  Laurie had no trouble finding our former abode even though we lived there for only about 7 months before my career careened back to Chicago Illinois. 


This front view is what our old Attleboro home looks like today… It hasn’t changed much and whoever lives there now has done a great job of maintaining the house.  It was probably the best constructed house we’ve ever lived in.  It had been built by a home builder for his daughter…hence extra care in its construction!  When we lived here, I was working for Stop and Shop Grocery Stores and its Bradlee’s Discount Store chain.


So, after a quick look around our old neighborhood, we headed south toward Newport Rhode Island and then turning east on RI Hwy. 138 with the rainfall coming down in increasing amounts.  After crossing the two impressive bridges that cross Narraganset Bay via Conanicut Island, we found our way back to I-95 and headed back to New London Connecticut.

Then we had to find a place for our evening meal…but that’s another story.

Just click on any of the photos to enlarge them.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!

Take Care, Big Daddy Dave