Kensington Palace: The King’s State Apartments

Hi, my name is Candice, and I’m obsessed with the British Royal Family.  I can’t help it. It’s been one of my obsessions since I was young, probably thanks to Disney and the whole fairytale aspect, which of course, is a gross misrepresentation of what I can only imagine it is actually like. As a…

Naumkeag: Berkshire Summer “Cottage”

As I was planning my trip out to the Berkshires to visit the Merwin House, I did a few google searches on other activities we could do over the weekend and one name kept coming up: Naumkeag. Not a word, or name, I had seen or heard before – but it quickly got added to…

Merwin House: “Tranquility” in the Berkshires

The Merwin Home is the western-most home in Massachusetts that Historic New England owns, located in Stockbridge, MA. Stockbridge is located in the heart of the Berkshires, and if you haven’t been, you should go! I actually went to college in Western Massachusetts, but didn’t really explore too much – what a dummy (but of…

Cogswells Grant House: Full of Folk Art Treasures

The Cogswell’s Grant house marks my 22nd Historic New England home visit – woot woot! And, while I’ve known this for quite some time now, I’m not going to make my original goal to hit all 38 Historic New England homes before November 7, 2019. I was hoping for some sort of time warp, or…

The Gilman Garrison House: 1709 Fort in Exeter, NH

It’s been a while, folks! It’s been a busy few weeks – I was on vacation, then the whole unfortunate re-entry to work experience, weekend events for work, so on and so forth. But, I’m excited to finally share this interesting & quirky historic home with you! Historical Highlights John Gilman, a colonial settler, was…

Watson Farm: 1796 Beach-side Farm on Conanicut Island

This was a very different tour than any others I had been on – and it was awesome!! A friend & I took a drive down on a gorgeous, breezy, 80 degree summer day not really knowing what to expect. As we were getting back in the car on our way home, we looked at…

Clemence-Irons House: One of the Oldest Homes in Rhode Island

My visit to the Clemence-Irons house rounds out all Historic New England homes in the state of Rhode Island – woot woot! Historical Highlights Thomas Clemence is the first ‘on-record’ owner of this property in 1654, who eventually grew his original 8 acre purchase into one hundred acres. Thomas & his wife Elizabeth had four…

Quincy House: Country Estate to a Revolutionary Family

The night before I visit a home, I usually have two thoughts: “Do I know where I’m going?” and “Do I know anything about this house?”. Sometimes I actually like not knowing the answer to either, but more often than naught my anxiety kicks in and I have to at least look up the address…