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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Robert Frost Stone House and Museum and Trail


I visited the Robert Frost Stone House and Museum in Shaftsbury, Vermont (121 VT-7A) just north of North Bennington.  The grounds are beautiful and it's fun to walk around and imagine the revered poet living there and tending to his orchards.  He lived there from 1920 to 1928 and penned his famous Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening there on a hot June day in 1922.

However, I'll be honest and say, unless you're a real Robert Frost or history buff, you might want to save the cost of admission to the house.  There isn't all that much inside other than placards to be read.  I was annoyed that photos aren't permitted inside the house, which is a bit weird.  Instead, you might want to just take a stroll around the outside and, if you're a walker, take the short hike along The Robert Frost Trail (click here for trail guide).

My visit did inspire me to purchase the American Library edition of Robert Frost: Collected Prose, Poems and Plays and Robert Frost: A Life.  Frost is highly regarded for his depictions of rural life and command of colloquial speech.










Robert Frost's grave in nearby Old Bennington Cemetery

Friday, September 23, 2016

Community Forest Trails


I've had the Rensselaer Plateau Alliance's Community Forest on my to-do list for almost a year now. Yesterday, Linda and I finally took a drive over and hiked several of their beautiful trails.  This is a recently acquired 350-acre forest, located at 200 Legenbauer Road, Averill Park (East Poestenkill) that the non-profit Rensselaer Plateau Alliance purchased.  It has a wonderful mix of bogs, creeks, meadow and forest.  The trails are well-marked and have a soft, hemlock needle base.

Click here to access the trail map.








Big Beaver Bog

Community Forest Creek
Crank up the volume and enjoy a brief, zen-like experience!

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Sunday, September 18, 2016

Park McCullough House Revisited


A number of months ago I visited the Park McCullough house in North Bennington, Vermont, but the building was closed for tours at the time so I focused my post on the grounds and trails.  Today, we took the tour of the inside of the house and it is fantastic!  It is so cool that all of their original furnishings are intact.  All too often, historic houses have to purchase period pieces to provide the flavor of the times. Not so here --  this is the original stuff!


Above is the dining room where President Benjamin Harrison had the seat of honor on August 18, 1891.  He stayed two days at this house while visiting Bennington to dedicate the Bennington Battle Monument.

The menu for the meal in honor of President Benjamin Harrison


Stained glass windows and skylights were added in honor of President Harrison's visit.


Incredible woodwork throughout the house.




English billiards


Beautiful room, cool gas lamp, awesome view.

The dog house (really)

Carriage House

Pretty fancy stables



Brandy, our terrific tour guide, demonstrates the player piano (video).

Really worth a visit.  Click here for the Park McCullough House website.


Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The Long Trail at the Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center


I've had it on my "to do" list for some time to hike some of the trails at the Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center.  They offer a dozen trails, ranging in length from .25 mile to 4 miles.  Click here for a map of the trails.  Sunday, Linda and I drove to 475 Dyken Pond Road and hiked the Long Trail, the longest at 4 miles.  We give it high ratings.

The Long Trail is very well marked, flat and easy on the feet.  You'll enjoy fern meadows, glacial erratics, hemlocks, white pines, and rock walls from the days when Stephen Van Rensselaer owned most of Albany and Rensselaer counties and rented farms under the patroon system -- at least until the Anti-Rent War.

There are some absolutely gorgeous spots along this hike.  As always, click on the photos to enlarge.







Pitcher Plant
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Saturday, August 13, 2016

Grafton Lakes State Park Hiking Trails


The four best things I like about living on the Plateau in Grafton are the lakes, the forests, the proximity to Williamstown (The Clark and more) and the hiking opportunities.  Yesterday, we took a hike. Within several miles, are a multitude of short or long trails.  Just at Grafton Lakes State Park alone are a good handful of choices.  We drove to Mill Pond and enjoyed a jaunt up the Spruce Bog Trail.

Click here to access the Trail Map for the Grafton Lakes State Park.



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