Looking back, I have not had many adventures to share with you the past year plus, and we know why. But I just got home from another “Change of Scenery” at Kipling’s Carriage House – essentially replicating an adventure from 13-16 January 2021. I am not sure when and why I booked another stay with LandmarkTrustUSA, but I did, and so glad I did. A storm approached for my original dates, but with emails with Michele, we went in a day later to Kipling’s Carriage House avoiding the hill up Black Mountain Road in ice and snow. This was a break, a retreat with no plans. I worked on my next book, Gary had work projects and Zoom meetings, and Ilana was finishing up a year long contract – she is an accomplished attorney. Gary and I also had plans for a HOGAN’S HEROES marathon, with my video toys.
In the last about 14 months I have arranged seven stays at the impeccable LandmarkTrustUSA properties which are unequaled in history, restoration, and amenities. Make sure you look at the link above with the visit Gary and I made last year. Again we arrived, with snow on the ground…
Do look at Landmark’s website for professional images, but in my gallery below are images of the first floor of Kipling’s Carriage House. On the second floor is the bath and two bedrooms. Remember you can click my galleries to enlarge the images.
Plans for Sunday were no plans. Reading, writing, eating, and a start on the HOGAN’S HEROES marathon. Going in order we saw about six episodes – we estimate about 84 hours of watching to go. Two nights away staying at the same inn or B&B is good because you have one full day in between. Three nights away even better, with two full days to do nothing or something. The plan for that something on Monday was a tour through Guilford, Vermont. Based on my recent CLARION writings, Gary has started reading Royall Tyler’s THE ALGERIAN CAPTIVE, (first published in Walpole in 1797) so I wanted to introduce Gary to all things Royall. And, from my recent writings here you know I have developed an affinity for Guilford visits, and Green River.
Leaving shortly before noon we drove by Prospect Hill Cemetery in Brattleboro where Royall and his wife are buried (they moved from Guilford to Brattleboro in 1801). Still snow covered, we did not traipse around to find the grave on the far side of the cemetery overlooking the Connecticut River and New Hampshire. Excuse (none needed) for next road trip.
UPDATE 14 MAY 2022 — ROYALL TYLER’S GRAVE – yes on a nice warm day I found it. All I had was a small image on-line of his stone, but with the curve of the New Hampshire hills in the background of that image I was able to narrow down the location. And, Royall’s stone is straight on top, and in that on-line image I saw a larger stone to the rear, and a tiered base to the left. The cemetery has three rough dirt roads heading off the street and to the east. Take the center road, and about half way back, well plus a tad, park and walk to the left. Below is the row of stones of Royall and his wife, and a closeup of his stone. Historic and thrilling – enjoy, RAY
It was then lunch at the 1817 country store in Guilford (Algiers) – name no relation to Tyler’s book, but do read my stories on both – see the articles I wrote in the January 2022 THE WALPOLE CLARION on pages 12 and 14.
Do you enjoy “small world stories?” I do. Gary and I were at a table in a corner eating (Ilana stayed back to work), I looked over to the counter and said to myself, “that is Chris Parker.” I called over, and it was. He lives in Guilford. We visited for awhile. Chris, as a restoration contractor, advertises in my paper, and he currently has several projects a stone’s throw from my home. Have a project? Talk with Chris.
It was then off to Guilford Center to show Gary the Tyler historical marker, and where Tyler lived. In reading the town history the home he lived in was in the parcel of land that the mineral springs and hotel is located. Here is “downtown” Guilford Center – the historical society and library and old meeting house.
And, looking across the field behind the meeting house is the old beautiful Mineral Spring property and location where Royall Tyler lived, and most likely wrote THE ALGERIAN CAPTIVE.
Heading further west-ish, on bucolic dirt and snow covered roads we came to the Green River section, which I have mentioned I plan on picnicking often at. You may remember my sharing views here, but now in the snow.
on the other side looking back at the hill, and the restored Crib Dam.
more bridge and Green River flowing to Massachusetts — RAY RECOMMENDS, follow River Road south.
nowadays when people want to plan a route they look at a little screen held in their palm. I love paper maps, I love to study them and how an area “goes together.” Gary and I when exploring call it “filling in the map.” To show Gary where we were, and the route I planned “home” I reached back and pulled out the map of Guilford that the historical society gave me on my visit. He found the large size funny – you may have heard his laughter. With the topographical lines he teased it was on old piece of parchment.
Monday night Ilana made (from scratch) a cake for Gary and I – we both have March birthdays, but he is a tad younger than I am. As a result, currently I weigh a tad more than I would like.
And then, Tuesday morning came, and we left but to return another time.
1 – Explore LandmarkTrustUSA’s website, and plan a fun escape. They have changed how reservations are made – now through an on-line service – not as personal and easy, but what you younger generations are more comfortable with. I still like to talk with someone, or email.
2 – Learn about and visit Guilford, Vermont. Plan to explore and picnic at the Green River Covered Bridge – there is a picnic area.
3 – Get out and explore – I have been afraid to, but have stayed healthy, and hope to get back into the “swing of travel.” Hey, I still have to find Royall’s tombstone.
Stay safe and well, as always, luv, RAY
Thanks Ray. I’ll get there in a month or so, when I can do a picnic by the bridge.
wow Bill, it has been ages – trust you are well. Did I recall you moved out of the area? Green River and the environs are amazing. I write to remember, and to share hoping to give someone ideas. You will enjoy a picnic there, Stay safe and well, yours, RAY
Yow Ray, On the Road Again. Yeah I like that section of Guilford on down into Leydon.
Well, anyway, here’s a current story for you:
(to my neighbor Michael Krasner)
Thank you for this Michael, I do in fact know about David Gooding, who is alleged to be one of the straight arrows of auction world, although even looking thru his catalogue is way too rich for my diet. Very interesting about the timing here, however, because He’ll probably end up with another assignment with which I have some very peripheral involvement.
In the summer of 2020 I took a call from a guy by the name of Mark Smith in Tamworth, N.H. who wanted me to some work on his Jaguar XK 140, so Reilly and I toddled over there with the truck & trailer to fetch it. Well as it turned out Mark was a car guy with kind of eclectic tastes, running the gamut from brass era early motor cars up thru more modern stuff including V12 Ferraris.
We talked, he told me he had more than 100 cars, mostly down in Lynchburg, Va. which was his Home 20. Tamworth, or Melvin Village actually, was just his summer place.
One car led to another, the last of which was an Austin Healey Bug Eye Sprite which I picked up right around the time of the Pebble Beach show last summer. I asked him if he was going and he said he was, as an exhibitor.
Well the Bug Eye is still sitting in my barn, because as it turns out, he had a stroke down at Hershey last Fall and died. Whoa Dogs, and he was two months younger than me !
But a funny thing happened, first his website disappeared, then his obit disappeared, and although I got in touch with Probate Courts in three counties surrounding Lynchburg, as well as Carroll County, N.H. I couldn’t find an Executor or an Estate, so last Tuesday I drove up to Melvin Village and found both, along with a very big surprise, he misled me when he told me he had more than 100 cars, that was an inaccuracy, in fact he had more than 400 !
This is gonna be a very big deal.
I’m attaching a photo of the car he took to “Pebble ” (as the cognoscenti refer to it). It’s a 1932 Chrysler with custom body work by LeBaron and it is a completely unrestored car. He showed me a picture and I said, O.M.G. Mark, with a car like that, who needs a Duesenburg ?”. He said, “Well I park it with my Duesenburgs”.
The Bug Eye thru Bugattis, he had ’em all.
bye ! David
Of the 235 cars that beat pandemic travel restrictions and made it to the 18th green at Pebble, the judges picked just one as best of show, Arturo Keller’s magnificent Mercedes. Now it’s our turn to pick favorites.
The top car, our favorite of the whole show, was the 1932 Chrysler CG Imperial LeBaron Special Roadster you see above. Only nine of them were ever built and each one got a custom body. This one belongs to collector Mark Smith. The car appeared in the Preservation Class, meaning it is unrestored. It combines the best of classic American coachwork with a cool hot rodding aesthetic.
and, David, scroll down on my story link below for my amazing Melvin Village car discovery – catch you soon, RAY
Beautiful landscapes Ray.Also, the “landmark” properties are pure rustic yet, so tidy.
Glad you got out, Ray! I do remember your last post about Landmark properties.
Sounds like you got done all that you wanted, or didn’t want, to do-that’s the definition of a great getaway!
My brother and sister in law love watching Hogans Heroes. When you really look at it for the time it was made, it’s pretty amazing character development…
Hi Betty — I agree, it is amazing that HOGAN’S HEROES (and many similar shows and movies) was presented just twenty years after WWII. Just think of it. In that short a time period people began to look at their lives focusing on the humor in it. So sad what we are facing today – I wish I could open my home to those being chased from their homes in a similar way – stay safe and well – RAY
When I was a kid, my friend and I started a Hogan’s Heroes fan club. It is because of that show that I went on to study and speak German.