September 19, 2014

Strolling Through Stonington, Connecticut

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During our recent weekend in Connecticut, we had 
a most enjoyable afternoon strolling the streets of Stonington.
This little town was so quaint and peaceful, just exuding charm!
Bright colors, sweet details (like that arched window & shutters, below)
and fabulous flower-filled window boxes!



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These are the homes at the end of the street above. Sigh...lilac and blue.
Take note of the widow's walks; they're rooftop platforms on many homes 
of coastal New England where wives of mariners would watch 
for their husbands' returns from sea. Sadly, too often they did not.

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A coral door with coral geraniums to match, plus a nautical rope wreath,
and Old Glory adding the finishing patriotic touch!

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This is the Elkanah Cobb House. Built in 1769, it's one of the oldest homes in town.
It features many of the architectural details of that era:
1 1/2 stories, a gambrel roof, cedar shake shingles,
 a center fireplace, and a rectangular transom over the door.
Notice the windows; they're double-hung sash with an uncommon 9 over 6 panes.

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In this close-up photo, you can see a historical nameplate next to the door.
How intriguing to see the year and who owned the the house when it was built.
We saw similar plaques in Groton and Mystic, where some also included 
the owners' professions, such as Carpenter, Banker, Merchant and so on.

And you know I'm lovin' the color of that door!

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A raised foundation was common during this time period.
Kelly green & pink! I fell in love with these lush flower boxes!

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So, after wandering around the neighborhood, we headed down to the docks.
What a thrill to see so many fishing boats up close!

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Lobster traps ready to go.

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A sailboat in for repairs.

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