September in New Hampshire: One Photo-A-Day.
I've just completed my first Photo-A-Day project. Before I began, I hadn't created any real parameters, or chosen to take pictures of a particular subject, rather, I decided to merely take a picture of something during the course of my day that inspired me.
The New Hampshire coastline, a mere 18 miles, is a popular tourist destination. Locals flock to the area not only for it's beaches and surf, but for it's history. Leading up to the revolution in 1774, Paul Revere rode to Portsmouth, a short drive from Rye Beach, where I snapped my first photo. As you walk the cobble streets in Portsmouth, you'll notice the old buildings and grave sites sprinkled through town. If architecture interests you, the seacoast towns of New Hampshire will inspire you. From the many saltbox homes to the grander estate that line the coastal route, there is much to see.
Originally named Strawbery Banke by early (1630) British settlers for the wild berries growing there, Strawbery Banke today is unique among outdoor hi
- Strawbery Banke Museum
The Strawberry Banke Museum sits along the waters edge in Portsmouth, NH. They offer tours of the areas historic homes, as well as, a glimpse into the Portsmouth of the 1700's.
On a bright Sunday afternoon, my husband and I took our two German Shorthaired Pointers for a run. In the town of Hopkinton, there is a working dairy farm called Bohanian. Along the fields of cow corn, we run and keep our eyes out for deer, moose, duck and bear.
The New Hampshire dairy industry consists of about 140 commercial farms. The industry, on average, generates over 50 million dollars a year for the state revenue. Most of the dairy farms are cooperative. Because of the high price of land it is difficult to enter into the dairy industry, therefore, most of the NH farms have been established for generations.
Concord is the capitol city of New Hampshire. Concord's State House was constructed between 1816 and 1819 of granite (New Hampshire is also known as the granite state) from nearby Rattlesnake Hill.
New Hampshire is a hotbed for politics, including, of course, the presidential primaries.
New Hampshire is the oldest state house in the nation whose legislative powers still meet in their original chambers. Those chambers can be seen by the public and tours of the state house are available.
Perched atop the New Hampshire State House is an eagle. The photo of the eagle to the right is of the 1818 eagle that now rests within the New Hampshire Historical Society building located a block from the capitol.
The original eagle, a war statue, looked to the left. Later, in 1957, the war eagle was replaced with another which looked to the right, a peace eagle.
Religion in New Hampshire
Nearly half of the residents of New Hampshire are affiliated with a particular religion or church. Throughout the state there are more Catholics than any other religion, although, a number of others make their home here, as well. Baptists, Methodists, Lutherans and Presbyterians all have a place to worship with the number of Jewish and Muslim worshippers increasing.
- Canterbury Shaker Village
Designated as a national historic landmark, Canterbury Shaker Village is an internationally-known non-profit museum founded in 1969 to preserve the heritage of the Canterbury Shakers.
Learning about the Shakers
Arts and Entertainment in New Hampshire
Minor League Baseball, Arts and Music Abound
There is a very large community of artists and musicians performing on a local level and at professional venues.
Painters, sculptures, poets, writers, singers, songwriters, bands, actors; the talent list is endless.
Due to the number of facilities available throughout the state that are able to accommodate crowds, New Hampshire residents and visitors are able see world class shows and exhibits. They can also enjoy a minor league baseball game played by the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.
Lakes, River and Ponds of New Hampshire
Water, Water, Everywhere
For such a small state, New Hampshire has a great number of rivers, lakes and ponds. At last tally, there were at least 1,00 lakes of various sizes; 3,000 ponds and approximately 100 streams.
Vacationers enjoy recreational sports, such as boating, water skiing, and swimming, while fisherman and anglers are attracted to the extensive variety of fish both fresh and salt water.
Haunting Whisper Vineyards
- Haunting Whisper Vineyards » Haunting Whisper Vineyards & Winery
Located in Danbury, New Hampshire, Haunting Whisper was once the home of my father-in-law. A beautiful 75-acre property with surrounding mountaintop views is now wine country.
A Few of the New Hampshire Vineyards
Today, of the remaining 750 covered bridges that still stand, 54 of them are in New Hampshire. Because of their historical significance, covered bridges became the first structures to be specifically protected by the state.
Dalton Bridge, pictured to the right, is located near the center of my town. Built in 1853, it remains one of the oldest bridges still in use today.
A List of New Hampshire's Covered Bridges
- Open up New Hampshire - Entertainment and travel in the Granite State
Enjoy a full list of New Hampshires covered bridges with site information and beautiful photographs of each bridge.
New Hampshire's Architecture
New Hampshire has a rich history of prominent architecture. A few of noteworthiness include, the Danville Meeting House, built in 1760, the Hood Museum of Art by Charles Moore, the Exeter Library built in the late 60's, and my personal favorite, the Zimmerman House.
The Zimmerman House is a Usonian house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1950.
The house is cared for by the Currier Gallery of Art. Both the house and the museum are located in Manchester, New Hampshire.
While taking a tour (arranged through the Currier), visitors can admire the interior, the entire furniture collection, as well as, the gardens; all designed by Wright.
I have been an admirer of Wright's for years. His ability to transform a home into an extension of the outdoors is remarkable.
If you are ever visiting and find yourself near or within driving distance to Manchester, it is worth your time.
Fellowship, The: The Untold Story of Frank Lloyd Wright and the Taliesin Fellowship
- Currier.org - Zimmerman House
The Currier Museum features European and American paintings, decorative arts, photographs, sculpture, and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Zimmerman House – with exhibitions, tours, and performances year-round.
The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center
It is sometimes difficult to believe that it has been 25 years since the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded. Aboard that shuttle was a former teacher and friend, Christa McAuliffe. A teacher at Concord High School, McAuliffe was selected from over 11,000 applicants to be NASA's first "Teacher in Space".
The discovery center is located in Concord. Recently, it was re-named and included another New Hamshirite, Alan Shepard, from Derry, New Hampshire.
Shepard was a test pilot in the US Navy, who in 1961, would become America's first astronaut.
- There are NH orchards throughout the state growing a huge variety of apples, including heirlooms.
- Horse riding is a popular sport in NH. There are riding stables for beginners and experts alike.
- One of the most , if not the most, celebrated fairs in the state. Each year crowds gather from all over New England to eat fair food and see the sites.
- Butterflies can be studied and seen at The Butterfly Place in all their splendor. Stand quietly and butterflies will surely land on you.
- Many people have gardens in NH. The agricultural community in NH is robust. Organic and sustainable gardening advocates increase annually.
- In September, many, many homes have pots of colorful mums on the stoops of their entries welcoming visitors.
- You can't drive down many roads in rural NH without seeing a sign exclaiming, "we sell eggs". Lots of people care for their own chickens and ducks for a variety of reasons, eggs being only one of them.
- In Cornish, NH, you can visit the estate of Augustus Saint-Gaudens. I brilliant sculpture whose work can be seen around the world.
- Outdoor sculpture exhibits can be found around NH and here, at Millbrook Gallery, they are generous enough to allow visitors to roam their property and see what many local artists have created.
- Local farms generally sell homemade items such as pie and breads and, of course, ice cream. At this time of year, there's nothing better than pumpkin ice cream.
- Sure, local farms sell corn, tomatoes, and pumpkins, but NH growers like to try their hand at many different crops including this gorgeous ginger.
- The Telephone Museum may sound rather boring, but you would be unwise to underestimate the intrigue of history. There is so much to see and learn here. The collection is very impressive.
- Hunting is a sport taught from one generation to another here in NH. People also enjoy photo-hunting and clay shooting.
- NH's state insect (yes, each state has one) is the ladybug. In addition, we have lots of other bugs and crawly-things, such as the Timber Rattlesnake which is the most endangered snake in the state.
- Buffalo roaming New Hampshire? Absolutely. Raising buffalo is a lot of work, but for the farmers that do, they contribute greatly to the NH economy, they promote sustainability and increase awareness regarding eating healthy.
"Stairway to Heaven"
The Ghost of Madame Sherri
Are you enchanted by ghost tales and the supernatural? If you are, New Hampshire has it's fair share of folklore, sightings and haunted houses.
While two men camped on their way to Hillsborough in the early 1700s, they got into a scuffle. One man buried the other along the shore of what's now called Haunted Lake. Today, there continue to be reports of mysterious moans and cries.
Valentine Marston, an 11-year old boy from Hampton, New Hampshire, who was accidentally shot in 1890 while hunting, is said to walk through Marston House.
Madame Sherri has been seen walking down the stairs of what remains of her castle which is nested in the woods of West Chesterfield, New Hampshire.
As the month of September came to a close, my husband and I took a hike through a section of the 488 preserve. On a peaceful Saturday afternoon, we walked the trails and stopped by the staircase. We did not see Madame Sherri.
The Month at a Glance.
I have lived in New Hampshire for many years now. I grew up here, moved away, only to return to a place that I call home.
I try to travel the state and see all that I can because I know that there are treasures to be found and beauty to be witnessed. I look forward to my next Photo-A-Day project. I have no doubt that it will include more of the wonders of this petite state named for the English colony of Hampshire and it will teach me more about its' faceted personality and prove to me that it is, indeed, a lovely place to live.
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I took all the pictures for this Photo-A-Day project with my iPhone. Many of the photos have already been sent to my friends and family that live elsewhere for them to enjoy. Others, I have altered slightly using instagram and will use them to make notecards.
New Hampshire Facts
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