secrets are revealed
secrets are revealed
On a warm, sunny Sunday afternoon
in the North End
“And so taking the long way home through the market I slow my pace down. It doesn’t come naturally. My legs are programmed to trot briskly and my arms to pump up and down like pistons, but I force myself to stroll past the stalls and pavement cafes. To enjoy just being somewhere, rather than rushing from somewhere, to somewhere. Inhaling deep lungfuls of air, instead of my usual shallow breaths. I take a moment to just stop and look around me. And smile to myself.
For the first time in a long time, I can, quite literally, smell the coffee.”
~ Alexandra Potter
(a few scenes from Provincetown, Massachusetts)
in 1692, Sarah Clayes was convicted of witchcraft during the Salem Witch Trials
both her sisters had been accused as well and were hung for their crime
but she somehow managed to escape from prison and along with her husband, Peter,
traveled by foot all the way down the Old Connecticut Path from Ipswich to Framingham
where they eventually built this home in 1693.
Before the Civil War, this house was thought to have been a stop along the underground railroad.
It contained secret compartments and passageways linking the house to the various barns on the property.
Last week, my son and I went exploring this property
and were sad to find it in such bad shape
I really wanted to climb inside to see the interior
but the floor boards were rotted and I could see right down
to the dirt basement in many areas
Apparently, a group in the town is trying to raise funds to restore Sarah’s house
and turn it into a private museum
I would love to see this happen
there is a Facebook Page that contains more info and some intriguing photos of earlier times
Have a look
with only a little over a week left of summer vacation
my college boy and I have been doing some day trips
exploring some of our favorite haunts here in Massachusetts
one such place is Longfellow’s Wayside Inn and surrounding grounds
this is one of my favorite places to wander
the structure pictured here is an old mill
it once provided The Inn guests with cider
the mill has sat untouched for years and as you can see
it is covered with graffiti
but apparently this is about to change
as the area Boy Scouts have taken on the project of restoring the mill
and will soon open it up to the public
on one hand, I’m excited about this but on the other, I kind of liked photographing
this structure in all it’s run down, paint covered glory
but you can bet that I’ll be one of the first in line, camera in hand,
when the restoration is complete!