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.

Along Spring Street

Along Spring Street

Leaves are falling fast now

Leaves are falling fast now

Let’s round the corner and take a shortcut through a wooded corner lot.

A great place for kids to play

A great place for kids to play

Grand old home

Grand old home

Still some green to contrast with reds nd yellows

Still some green to contrast with reds nd yellows

A stately house

A stately house

Pine needles are interesting, too.

Pine needles are interesting, too.

Houses are set back from the street, usually with small front yards. Porches are common, often decorated, as are doors and windows.

Pleasant color scheme

Pleasant color scheme

Autumn decoration

Autumn decoration

A bit bold, since black on white is the norm.

A bit bold, since black on white is the norm.

Colorful leaves highlight the tree structure.

Colorful leaves highlight the tree structure.

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.

One large, wide house

One large, wide house, now five living units.

Many rooms

Many rooms, now partly a funeral parlor.

Another spacious home

Another spacious home

Still more color

Still more color

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.

One of many Christian churches near downtown

One of many Christian churches near downtown

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.

Pubic library

Pubic library

At the bookstore

At the bookstore

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.

"Swingy" suspension foot bridge

“Swingy” suspension foot bridge

View of the mill

View of the mill

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.

Mansion with flag

Mansion with flag

The flag

The flag

Flags here, flags there

Flags here, flags there

Flags at the new Amtrak train station

Flags at the new Amtrak train station

Flag colored chair

Flag colored chair

Yet another flag

Yet another flag

It’s becoming a tradition that when we visit, we walk downtown to Frosty’s for a doughnut or two.

The annual visit to Frosty''s

The annual visit to Frosty”s

The coffee is "wicked" good

The coffee is “wicked” good

Irresistible

Irresistible

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.

A view of the campus from the museum

A view of the campus from the museum

Perry's snowshoes, and flag

Perry’s snowshoes, and flag

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.

LL Bean main store, noted for this type boot for the past 100 years.

LL Bean main store, noted for this type boot for the past 100 years.

Lots and lots of pumpkins

Lots and lots of pumpkins

Maine's champion pumpkin for the year

Maine’s champion pumpkin for the year

Plenty of jack-o-lanterns

Plenty of jack-o-lanterns

Out of the starting gate

Out of the starting gate

Our family winner

Our family winner

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.

Portland Head Light

Portland Head Light

Portland Head Light - the more scenic view

Portland Head Light – the more scenic view

To end the day, as well as our vacation, we stopped at a Cape Elizabeth bakery for the usual refreshments – pastries and hot coffee.

Homey little bakery

Homey little bakery

Making our selection

Making our selection

Bypassing the tempting breads

Bypassing the tempting breads

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