Maine in Full Autumn Color
Posted on November 21, 2015
Toward the end of October, Eva and I had the good fortune of visiting our daughter and family for a week while New England autumn foliage was still in its prime of color. We spent most of our time in and around the lovely small town of Brunswick, which has its roots in pre-revolutionary days. Settled in 1628 and founded in 1717, Brunswick certainly shows its early roots in its distinguishing architecture. It was an important mill town in its day, situated alongside the swiftly flowing Androscoggin River. The superb private Bowdoin College was founded there in 1794. Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote Uncle Toms Cabin while her husband was on the Bowdoin faculty.
Now let’s have a look around the town, at least where people live.
Let’s round the corner and take a shortcut through a wooded corner lot.
Houses are set back from the street, usually with small front yards. Porches are common, often decorated, as are doors and windows.
Many of the houses date from 100 years or more ago. They were often large, necessary to house large families of 10 children or more. Some houses just got added on to over the years as needs changed.
It wasn’t long before we came to the edge of downtown. We passed numerous churches along the way, including this impressively large neo-gothic edifice.
The public library is large and inviting. It recently opened a used bookshop nearby staffed by volunteers. Our grandson assists in keeping order and in making sales.
The Androscoggin River runs right by downtown. A century or more ago a footbridge was built across the river to assist the mill workers who largely lived on the other side. The bridge is still in good repair so we ventured across.
Maine is a pretty liberal state compared to most, but there is a great pride in being American here. Lots of people fly the flag and otherwise show its colors.
It’s becoming a tradition that when we visit, we walk downtown to Frosty’s for a doughnut or two.
One day we walked over to Bowdoin College to visit the museum devoted to Admiral Robert Perry and his Arctic explorations. He is widely credited as being the first person to reach the North Pole (in 1909), or at least close to it.
One evening we drove the few miles over to Freeport, original home of the mother of all sporting goods stores, LL Bean. This was the occasion of the great jack-o-lantern display, and the annual evening 3K run, open to all but limited to 350 runners. Grandson was in the mix. He was pleased with his performance and won in his category of those younger than 19 years.
Hardly half an hour drive from Brunswick is the century old Fort Williams. It protected Portland from the bad guys in both WW I and WW II. The photogenic Portland Head Light lighthouse at Cape Elizabeth is adjacent.
To end the day, as well as our vacation, we stopped at a Cape Elizabeth bakery for the usual refreshments – pastries and hot coffee.