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Old November 16th, 2008, 07:08 AM   #1
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Towns and Cities of New England

New England is a region in the northeastern United States comprised of six states: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. The states share a common cultural identity and historical legacy.



New England was first colonized by the British in the early 1600s, and contains more pre-19th century architecture than any other area of the United States. New England was also the cradle of the industrial revolution in America, and its largest city, Boston, continues to serve as a center of commerce, culture, and education.

My intent with this thread is to post two of my own photos taken in villages, towns, and cities across New England per day... but we'll see how long that lasts. Let's begin with...

Portsmouth, New Hampshire



Portsmouth is New Hampshire's fourth largest city, with a population just over 20,000. This small port city was first settled by English colonists in 1630, and the city was the capital of the province from 1679 to the revolution. Although once a wealthy center of shipbuilding and sea trade, Portsmouth has reinvented itself as a modern, attractive city with wonderful historic preservation. One well-preserved neighborhood is the residential South End:

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Hallowell, Maine



Hallowell is a small town of about 2,500 people, situated on the west bank of the Kennebec River just south of Augusta, the state capital. The town center has been a vibrant merchant district for well over 200 years.

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Newburyport, Massachusetts



Newburyport is an affluent seaside town on the North Shore of Massachusetts. First settled in 1635, the town had become an important fishing, shipbuilding, and shipping center by the early 1800s. The abundant wealth of this era is evidenced by the remarkable number of large federal and colonial homes that line the streets of Newburyport. Although the town center had experienced urban decay in the mid-20th century, successful revitalization efforts have made Newburyport's Market Square a vibrant shopping district for tourists and the town's fashionable natives.

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North Kingstown, Rhode Island



Yet another seaside town, North Kingstown borders Narragansett Bay and is comprised of several distinct villages. The village of Wickford, with its quaint harbor setting, boasts an impressive amount of 18th century homes.

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Such a beautiful part of the country. Unfortunately, its a bit tame and boring outside of the beach towns and big cities. Great for retirement and total relaxation. Burlington, Vermont and the college towns are more fun.
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Beautiful places indeed
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Old November 19th, 2008, 02:19 AM   #7
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Thanks for your comments. Yes, New England is beautiful... but we do have quite a few fun college towns as well.

Woodstock, Vermont



One of the oldest and most picturesque towns in Vermont, Woodstock is set in an area of outstanding natural beauty. The houses near the town common are some of the most expensive real estate in the state. The brick and granite buildings in the town center make Woodstock a particularly attractive place.

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And our first major city...

Providence, Rhode Island



Providence is the capitol and largest city of Rhode Island, with a population of about 170,000 and a metro population of 1.6 million. While Providence was plagued by economic decline and crime in the mid-20th century, the city has undergone a "renaissance" in recent decades. Despite still-high poverty and unemployment rates, downtown Providence has become a bustling, pedestrian-friendly center for shopping, dining, entertainment, etc. One popular attraction is the "waterfire" event, during which torches are lit to illuminate the city's canal.

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