We moved camp on October 2 from New Hampshire to Middleboro, Massachusetts on October 2nd. On the way we decided to stop at the Minute Man National Historical Park near Lexington. I learned a valuable lesson on the way to this park – you can usually trust the GPS on your phone to get you to a location but it won’t give you a good indication of the size of the roads you will be travelling on. We ended up hauling the trailer through tiny residential streets. It was not a fun experience, especially for Les, but we made it in one piece. We are both history fans so it was interesting to see the spot where the first shot of the American Revolution was fired.
The next day was a rainy day so we took the truck to Newport, Rhode Island to check out the Vanderbilt summer cottage called “the Breakers”. It is a 62482 square foot, 70 room mansion. It really is a spectacular building. There is no photo taking allowed inside the house but you can see a hint of the craftsmanship from the photo of the tile work on the ceiling of an outside balcony. Inside was opulent and beautiful but heartbreaking in a way as well. The wealth that was amassed on the backs of others taints the atmosphere. Nonetheless, it was well worth seeing.
Our next stop was Fort Adams. It is the 3rd largest US fortress, though it is now decommissioned. Interestingly enough, not a shot was fired in anger from this fort.
It is being gradually being restored but much of it is falling into ruin. Which makes for some great photos if you like that kind of image, which I do.
The fort has a great defensive system including tunnels. We took the tour which included some exploration of the underground network. We both really enjoyed this site, partly because we had a really great guide.
Since we were so close to the coast we stopped at a beach in Narragansett. It was a wild day and the sand was blowing across the beach. It was beautiful!
Happy New Year to all of you!
- Our Last Day in New Hampshire