From textile mills of the industrial revolution to the starting point of the American Revolution, New Englandís parks and landmarks offer an in-depth look into the unique history of the region.
The fabric of history is woven together at the Slater Mill Historic Site located in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. The circa 1793 mill stands as a testament to a turning point in New Englandís history Ė the rise of industry. The Slater Mill, which originally produced cotton textiles, is now a National Historic Landmark. The mill and adjacent historic properties feature a museum, an art gallery, a theater and some gift shops. Slater Mill exhibits original machinery and artifacts of the trade along with documents and other memorabilia. The past is brought into the present by live demonstrations and a variety of hands-on programs available to visitors. For more information, visit www.slatermill.org.
Built to last, the historic Jackson House, located in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, is the oldest wood-frame house that exists today in the states of New Hampshire and Maine. The circa 1664 Jackson House is of a traditional English-style design of the 16th century, but is uniquely colonial in materials with a large amount of lumber used. Its builder was a carpenter, seafarer and farmer named Richard Jackson. The house remained in his family for seven generations with additions made to the house over the years. It has since been restored to reflect its appearance from the time it was built to the 1800s, highlighting the original architectural elements such as windows with diamond shaped panes. Now a National Historic Landmark, the house is cared for by the Historic New England organization and is open for tours. For more information, visit www.historicnewengland.org/visit/homes/jackson.htm.
The past covers a lot of ground at Colonial Pemaquid State Historic Site. Located in Bristol, Maine, the site is the former location of several early colonial forts, as well as an earlier Native American village dating back to antiquity. The site is now a historic park and National Historic Landmark, and features the rebuilt tower of Fort William Henry and a museum exhibiting artifacts including archeological finds recovered from the site, and displays on the history of the village and forts that once stood there. The park also includes a centuries-old cemetery and the foundations of an early fishing and trading settlement. For more information, visit www.friendsofcolonialpemaquid.org.
Celebrate the beginning of the nation with a visit to Minute Man National Historical Park in Massachusetts. The park pays homage to the early conflicts of the Revolutionary War and comprises various historically significant locations in Concord, Lexington and Lincoln including the North Bridge, the location of the battle that started it all, and several historic homes and trails. You can experience history through tours, hands-on programs that let you get involved in the action and informative talks. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/mima/index.htm.
The history of environmentalism and land conservation finds its roots in one of Vermontís scenic historic locations Ė the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park. Located in Woodstock, the park is the countryís first to be dedicated to this cause. The park celebrates the practice of caring for the land, giving visitors a glimpse into several decades of conservation and those dedicated to it including the propertyís former owners over the decades for whom the park is named. The parkís grounds also feature the original mansion, as well as a study center and museum. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/mabi/index.htm.
Discover your history with a visit to a historic park or landmark near you!