On Wicked Wednesday, we all weigh in on a topic. This week, we’re continuing our celebration of the release of The Longest Yard Sale by Sherry Harris. Since Sherry’s books are set in historic Bedford, Massachusetts, we’ve been reflecting on our favorite pieces of history. So Wickeds, what’s your favorite historical place?
Liz: I have a particular fondness for Salem, Massachusetts. I went to college there and have always been fascinated with the town’s rich history and the way they turned the tragedy of the Salem Witch Trials into a lifelong celebration of all things witchy. Plus the entire town just oozes history, from The House of Seven Gables to the Peabody Essex Museum. If you haven’t visited Salem, you should go!
Edith: Since I write about a Quaker midwife in historical Amesbury, Massachusetts, I have to claim the Friends Meetinghouse as my favorite – but I’ve already written about that here. So I guess I’ll vote for Ipswich. The town has the highest number of First Period houses (built before 1720) in the country, and I lived in one of them. It’s fascinating to walk the streets of the town and see historic marker after marker with dates stretching back to 1625 and the name of the home’s original owner. Many have been carefully preserved, and I now know all about summer beams, chamfering, and gunstock posts!
Jessie: My favorite town with historical significance is Old Orchard Beach, Maine. From the Gilded Age to the Big Band Era there is so much rich history. Because Old Orchard is such a popular vacation spot there are loads of early photographs of merrymakers. It is so easy to be inspired here. And the beach doesn’t hurt to get the creative juices flowing either.
Julie: Staying in New England? I have a great fondness for Concord. Tons of Revolutionary War history, and a huge layer of literary history. Plus it’s a great place to visit. Quaint town, great bookstore. I’ve been to many events at the Concord Inn, from wedding showers to post funeral receptions to Sisters in Crime meetings, and it has been perfect every time.
Sherry: Minute Man National Historical Park which runs through Lincoln and Concord, Massachusetts. Is one of my favorite places. Walking the Battle Trail Road takes you on the path of the first battle of the Revolutionary War on April 19, 1775. You can stop at the Paul Revere capture site, the Hartwell Tavern, Bloody Angle and the Old North Bridge. So much history in just a few miles. Be sure and stop at the visitors center and watch the brief presentation of the first day to set the scene.
Barb: Since I’m in Maine now, I have to go with Pemaquid Lighthouse on the Bristol peninsula. It’s a place we always take visitors. Lighthouse and keepers cottage, waves crashing on the rocks. There’s a great little museum. If you’re ambitious, nearby there’s Fort William Henry and the Colonial Pemaquid State Historic Site and a terrific beach. What more could you ask for?
Readers: What’s your favorite historic place?