Monthly Archives: April 2011

Historic New England is also in the trail business!

One trail that is often overlooked in Newburyport is the Eliza Little Walking Trail. When it comes to length compared to other trails, it’s a short distance and yet, it has such an affect on a lone hiker. My favorite … Continue reading

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House Stories – William Graves Perry – 47 High Street, Part III

Dr. Robert Wilkins is given tremendous credit in being the leader for the restoration of Newburyport.    That alone would secure his fame, but I think the greatest thing he did was invite an old Newburyporter, William G. Perry to offer … Continue reading

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CPA Repeal in West Newbury

I am absolutely crushed.      One vote away and more money would have been available for Newburyport’s matching fund. As anyone familiar with the Community Preservation Act knows, if you have a 3% surcharge, you get a 100% match for every … Continue reading

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An Introduction to the Architects of Newburyport

You want to get P. Preservationist turned into Peeved Preservationist?     I see all these people blathering on about how ‘pretty’ Newburyport is but no one understands how it became so pretty.     What incenses me is nobody asks the What or … Continue reading

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House Stories – Knapp-Perry-Healy Gardens – 47 High Street, Part II

It can’t be 100% ‘proven’, but it is thought that the garden and landscaping that is behind this house could possibly have been a heavy influence for Williamsburg, Virginia’s garden designs. We know that Arthur Shurcliff, landscape designer for the … Continue reading

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We’ll save money all right!

Well, now I am finally understanding the genius behind the purchasing of the city’s lights. The colonial-style lampposts* are owned by the City.     Of these, over thirty are off because of one reason or another, two don’t even have tops … Continue reading

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Even I take it for granted.

I’m down in the New York/New Jersey area. While driving through New Jersey I got thinking. In spite of the first impression most visitors have of New Jersey coming over on the turnpike; it truly is the Garden State. But … Continue reading

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