Author Archives: Betsy

“We always have the whispering pines.”

When fourteen-year-old Henry Wadsworth Longfellow entered Bowdoin College in 1821, he joined fellow future author Nathaniel Hawthorne in the Class of 1825. The student who aspired to a profession in literature honed his skills as a member of the Peucinian … Continue reading

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“Often I think of the beautiful town that is seated by the sea.”

On a cold, dark and dreary day in 1841, a lovelorn poet sat at a desk in his parents’ summer dining room, looked out into the garden, and brooded over the loss of those he had loved over the years. … Continue reading

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“To be the inhabitant of such a forest as this!”

“To be the inhabitant of such a forest as this!,” exclaimed Henry David Thoreau during one of his three explorations of the Maine woods between 1846 and 1857. His observations on the natural beauty and inhabitants of Maine became The … Continue reading

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“When he finally tumbled back in, ‘Jeeeeeeeesus!’ would seem an apt possibility [for what he said].”

Leave it to Bill Bryson to brilliantly recount the epic event that occurred on April 12, 1934. On that date, the highest wind ever measured on Earth — 231 mph — was recorded at the summit of Mount Washington, the … Continue reading

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“Look at me, gentlemen…for I am the poor fool who built all this!”

After seeing the White Mountains of New Hampshire, Winslow Homer must have appreciated their beauty, but when he painted The Bridle Path, White Mountains, 1868, and created The Coolest Spot in New England – The Summit of Mount Washington for … Continue reading

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“O hushed October morning mild, thy leaves have ripened to the fall”

What do New England and part of Japan have in common? They’re the only two places in the world that are said to have truly spectacular displays of Fall color, thanks to the diversity of species of deciduous trees in … Continue reading

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“We can never build a view like this!”

If your job required you to spend most of the year on the road, where would you want to spend your summer down-time? For one hard-working family, that meant somewhere cool, a place with beautiful pastoral views, clear mountain air … Continue reading

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