We pushed rather hard in Canada, so we decided to slow down for a few days starting with Digby and Fredericton. Getting back into the U.S., we stopped early in the day in Bangor. Having seen it before, we just settled into our hotel.
Having never visited the southern coast of Maine, we started out that way the next day. It can be summed up as B & B’s, flea
markets and antique shops. We also noted that the downtown areas had many more brick buildings than we had been seeing. We prefer the more rustic north Maine areas (Bar Harbor and environs excepted).
Wolfesburg, another attractive town, was similarly freshened up for the tourists, but the many buildings of Brewster Academy (prep school for a little over $45000/year) were interesting.
Tiring of seeing the impact of so much money, we headed inland into New Hampshire through some lovely forested areas. It was still a bit crowded, but not chic. We stopped along a rushing stream for a picnic lunch. The outhouses were the most filthy we have ever seen. Sometimes chic is better.
After spending the night in Keene, N.H., we headed south again through Massachusetts and Connecticut to West Point in New York. Along the way, we passed through Northfield, MA and were astounded at the number of huge old houses. It turned out it was the 19th Century version of chic. The home of Dwight L. Moody, the evangelist, he held many religious conferences there, and it became a resort town for wealthy religious people.
We missed seeing West Point the fall of 2002 (there was a football game that day) but had a really interesting tour this time. Note all the hymnals in the chapel: they are lined up with military precision. Our guide called the building style “military gothic,” gothic with battlements rather than spires. In the one picture, you can see some of the barracks beyond the parade ground, the mess hall in the center and the chapel on the hill. As it is summer, academic classes are over but military training continues. The cadets get four weeks leave spread out over the year. The final picture here looks out over the Hudson valley with West Point to the right. When will “Duty, Honor and Country” be chic?