A yukky day, but I’ll put it in perspective. The rain was grey but gentle – no storms or tornadoes. I have Missouri and Oklahoma in my thoughts.
2. The New England Carousel Museum and upstairs Museum of Fire History were two great finds, and virtually unknown outside the area. The Carousel Museum houses a vast collection of privately owned carved animals – most dating from the mid-1800’s. Back then, carousels were commissioned by trolley companies , giving them a reason to transport people around. The first carousels were deemed far too dangerous for children, and modest women would not dare show an ankle, so most riders were men. You’ll learn lots of trivia here and even get to see a Player Organ in operation!
|Eli Terry Waterwheel|
|Railroad Museum of New England|
|Mill House Antiques "Hatchet" Door|
|Newtown, CT Flagpole at Night|
|Jane and John, owners|
Dana Holcombe House
Because the weather was so nasty, I was happy to get to my digs for the evening; the 6-room Dana Holcombe House. And what a location! Like the Old Faithful Inn that faces the famous geyser, this place overlooks the Famous Flagpole right across the street. The Dana Holcome sounds old and looks old, but is actually a brand new structure (opened just 5 years ago) on the site of a historic Inn that burned to the ground in 1981. Retired Newtown teachers, John and Jane Vouros, wonderfully gracious hosts, purchased the property, built this inn and dressed it to the nines. It is stunning. Rooms are beautifully decorated in Federalist or Early American antiques and reproductions with an eclectic contemporary flare. Artwork done by well-known artist friends line the walls. There’s an old spinning wheel on the 2nd floor landing, and the whole place is packed with eye-catching items purchased during the ownners’ world travels. The whole third floor 3 room suite – done in Yankee Doodle red, white and blue – can host a large family itself ($225 plus $25 pp over 2). Breakfast is served in a museum-quality formal dining room on china – and on the morning of my stay, Jane whipped up wickedly good apple-walnut-whole wheat pancakes and fresh scones. Once this place gets some publicity, it will be on lots of magazine “stay” lists. For now, John and Jane have kept it word of mouth.