So in reviewing the stops I noticed I had 4 or 5 cemeteries on the National Register. Buildings are usually identifiable based on the waypoint locations, churches too, houses can be a problem especially if there are a lot in the same area. Cemeteries should be a snap.
Route is done, MeAsWe is up and we are having coffee. I sit and find myself falling asleep. Last words from me, wake me at nine. Nine came and went and finally got up at 9:30am. You going I ask, and MeAsWe declines. I am up, dressed, bike ready all by 9:45a, a quick kiss and I am off on another adventure.
To simply view the pics you can enjoy a slideshow, however you will miss all the witty commentary
Just passing the exit the traffic slows dramatically. Not quite stop and go, but more like a snail pace. I jump over in the breakdown lane and head for the next exit, I will take the side roads versus this.
|Littleton Historical Society - Old Library|
|Reed Wood Place|
|Old Burying Ground Littleton MA|
From Littleton, I didn’t dare get back on 495 and simply wandered along RT 110 until I got to the RT 4 in Chelmsford. It was here that I got diverted by the Massachusetts historic marker, stopping briefly for my collection.
I moseyed up RT 4, over the Merrimac River and headed along the river thru Lowell. There was a big crowd of rowing enthusiasts along Riverfront Park, with their 20 foot sculling boats. It was the Festival Regatta put on by the Merrimac River Rowing Association. I feel a little remiss I didn’t pull out the Point and Shoot camera and fire off a couple shots. Hanging a left on Bridge St I traveled thru Dracut. The name just sounds the opposite of what it is. Rolling hills of farms and country homes, some pretty big ones too.
I stopped for this picture, becasue of a failing building, beat up pick up truck and an old VW. How can you resist a stop like that.
Next stop was in Derry, NH for the Adams Memorial Building. Saw this place and pulled over with the intentions of having a bite, but something stopped me, saying travel a bit further and find a hole in the wall to eat at.
Arrived at the Old Town Hall of Chester for a picture and this is where I found my hole in the wall. Snapped off a couple of pictures the church, post office, a NH Marker and parked the bike for some breakfast. A soon as I got in the place I was questioned about being hot with the gear I was wearing. For this season I acquired an Olympia mesh riding suit and immediately told the person it was mesh, adding I was probably cooler than them outside. Of course moving is what pushes the air threw them. I struggled getting my arm out of the suit and my lunch neighbor gave me a hand by pulling on the shoulder as I pulled my arm out. While I waited for breakfast we had conversations about cooking for dogs, people trying to commit suicide in an antique Mercedes and just other small talk.
|Chester Old Town Hall -Chester Historical Society - Stevens Memorial Hall|
|Chester Congregational Church|
|New Hampshire Marker|
|Olde Post Restaurant - Recommended|
|It was as good as it looks|
Back outside all I need to do is turn the corner, pick up the Chester Cemetery and NH marker and head further north. The temps are rising, getting into the 90’s.
|New Hampshire Marker|
|Cemetery 2 for the day|
Grabbed this on the way to the next stop. Thought it would cool me off just looking at it.
Candia is right around the corner from Chester, but when I was mapping out the route I saw the Raymond Boston and Maine Railroad depot wasn’t too far out of the way so I looped my route thru Raymond, NH. I love the old depots. I can see the steam engines pulling up and the ladies in the hoop dresses and parasols getting off and the conductors unload the baggage onto the rolling carts.
|Raymond Depot on the National Register|
|Use to hang in Town Hall|
|First Church Building in|
|Pawtuckaway CCC Camp|
I have targeted the Candia Fire department as a stop, but I came across the Candia General Store. It looked a little run down but still living strong and a much more interesting picture for the Z to A Grand Tour.
|Aaron Culter Memorial Library|
|First Presbyterian Church built in 1844|
I head straight into Nausha downtown. While this was not my intent, I found a familar site that I have meant to pick up for my National Register buildings, The Hunt Memorial Library. Traffic, end of day, and lack of parking were my reason for not stopping. This is not a shoot from the saddle. This building was designed by Cram and Associates, an internationally known architect.
|Hunt Memorial Library built in 1903|
|First Congregational Church|
Time to head out of Nashua. On the way out I grabbed to oldest surviving house in Nashua, the Killicut - Way House.
|Built around 1740 on the National Register|
Stopped that the Dunstable Town Hall. It is on the National Register
|Sarah R S Roby Memorial Building built 1907|
|One of the folks peeping out at me|
The trip was complete, headed for the slabs to make it home. Just under 200 miles for the day, 2 towns for the A to Z Tour, bunch of historic places for waymarking, and some more New Hampshire markers that brings me closer to getting them all.