Friday, May 19, 2017

Around Chester, Connecticut and the Hadlyme Ferry


Combining a current art culture with a traditional setting, at both personal and municipal scales, has a mixed record.  Chester, down the river from the Goodspeed Opera House, however (as with Wellesley, Camden, and the dearly missed apartments above Carnegie Hall) does it as seamlessly as anywhere.










































































































The Seldon III is now over sixty years old.  The keel was laid down in 1949, and she went into service in 1950.  (Original Photographs from Archives - 1965)








12 comments:

  1. How many antique shops and art galleries can a small town support? Taverns, though, on the other hand, I can understand.

    Selden is an unusual name and it was the name of one of my wife's relatives. The family name came from the wife of John Augustine Washington, last private owner of Mt. Vernon.

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  2. I learn so much through this blog. Thank you for the exposure! What is the Ruin on the hill that looks like a castle?

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    1. It's a castle! Gillette Castle - http://www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?a=2716&q=325204&deepNav_GID=1650%20

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    2. Ah ha, it's not a ruin as suspected. What a fascinating history of a structure whose architecture looks much older. (I thought Muffie, by chance, misplaced a photo from Europe.) Thanks, Patsy!

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  3. I love that little ferry! My husband's cousin lives on the East Haddam side, on the road leading to Gillette Castle.

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  4. The Thanksgiving sandwich at Simon's is delicious.

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  5. My hometown! A lot has changed since my childhood.. no more Micelli's Pharmacy, Robbies, Bib's Barber Shop, or the hardware store, but downtown has changed with the times and remained relevant. The ferry, river, and Gillette's Castle are as beautiful as ever.

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  6. What an incredibly luxurious post. Thank you!

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  7. There is or was a beautiful old tavern near Chester not far off of Rt 9, on the right (south) side of the road as you're heading toward Chester. I remember it as an old barn style tavern. Does anyone know the one I'm talking about and, if so, is still there? Always loved touring the Connecticut River Valley and hope to get back there sometime soon!

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  8. Thank you, Muffy! We were there a few years ago during a big snow and it was so picturesque. We're heading to CT in about a week and I think we will revisit it and see what it's like in the spring. :-)

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  9. I am amazed at the amount of Volvos in the Northeast. Sort of like the pick-up truck here in Texas. And thanks for the photo of the Subaru. Other than seeing one in our garage, outside Austin or Dallas, they are hard to see in this part of the world.

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