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50 Towns in 50 States

Post by BulletPark » Wed Sep 20, 2017 5:17 pm

Announcing the BulletPark Nationwide Tour: 50 Towns in 50 States! Join your host as he takes you on a cross-country journey from place to place, and marvel at the picturesque locations, quaint architecture, historical sites and occasional smoking crater. Each town is guaranteed to chill and thrill you and to be 100% American, no fillers, by-products or winding up to be actually somehow in Canada. Suggestions of interesting locations are welcome via PM! Hell, I need a good laugh.

For added extra value, each location will be rated according to a highly Stew-specific set of criteria!

Can I order Coffee by Origin? (CO)
Is there a place to buy Posh Socks? (PS)
Restored 18th Century Grandeur? (R18CG)
Sweet Pussy Train? (SPT)
Rivers of Shit? (ROS)
Will I get punched in the face for acting like a Complete and Utter Numpty Twat? (CUNT)
Be there Ample Nummies Aimed at Naughty Anuses? (BANANA)

First up: Maine!

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Re: 50 Towns in 50 States

Post by SeamusMcCool » Wed Sep 20, 2017 5:34 pm

I've always considered it possible that Bulletpark is John Waters. This trip idea is something John Waters would do. I approve either way. Looking forward to the commentary.

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Re: 50 Towns in 50 States

Post by SeamusMcCool » Wed Sep 20, 2017 5:35 pm

BTW, I'm a John Waters fan so compliment not snide put down.

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Post by shilgia » Wed Sep 20, 2017 6:09 pm

Checking in for the ride. Take my ticket.

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Re: 50 Towns in 50 States

Post by BulletPark » Wed Sep 20, 2017 7:09 pm

Welcome to lovely Camden, Maine! Settled in the 1700s by some Colonial-era Boston dipshit, it is now the most brightly-painted and brightly-shuttered of all the white painted and green shuttered summer colonies that dot the state’s coast.

Best Thing: lobster rolls cost, like, a gumball
Worst Thing: there’s no way to rule out the sudden appearance of Pennywise the Dancing Clown

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First Presbyterian.

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Norembega Castle, home of the inventor of the dual telegraph.

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CO? Yes, there are odious hipster cafes in Camden.
PS? Yes, at Coyote Moon, “The boutique that speaks from the heart”
R18CG? The dipshit who founded the place rolled up in 1770-something and his house is still here. Not sure how grand it is.
SPT? Have to take the bus from Rockport, sorry.
ROS? Not as such, although the above waterfall runs through the center of town.
CUNT? Not unless you start screaming that Peter Straub steps all over this shit
BANANA? It seems that banana bread is a staple of the local B&B scene. Maybe you could ask to borrow one before they cook it.

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Post by SeamusMcCool » Wed Sep 20, 2017 7:36 pm

Except for the killer clown the place looks beautiful.

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Post by snowgirl » Wed Sep 20, 2017 7:40 pm

Wait, WAIT, I have a ticket!!

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Re: 50 Towns in 50 States

Post by BulletPark » Wed Sep 20, 2017 7:48 pm

Welcome to Portsmouth, New Hampshire! Dismissed as “A round of pomps and vanities” by John Hancock, it is a well-preserved small city with a unique district called Strawberry Banke. This used to be the grand old part of town; later it was a slum. Then about 70 years ago people decided it would be the grand old part of town again and boy did they ever do a number on the slum. The rest of the city is like a mini-Portland, ME, which is like a mini-Boston, if Boston was about four blocks and the people who lived there were perpetually stoned.

Best Thing: The Providence Athenaeum, by Charles Bulfinch and an exquisitely civilized place
Worst Thing: no telling when John Irving might show up.

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Downtown's Market Square - the Athenaeum is the central building.

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Strawberry Banke.

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About 20 of the buildings in the district are open as the largest urban architectural museum in the US.

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CO? Yes. They know kewl bands in Portsmouth
PS? Yes, there are quaint little shops full of socks
R18CG? Sort of the whole point, moron
SPT? There is indeed a train station
ROS? No
CUNT? Probably not.
BANANA? Alas, Bananas Bar & Grill has been replaced with a nightclub

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Post by shilgia » Wed Sep 20, 2017 8:11 pm

BulletPark wrote:PS? Yes, there are quaint little shops full of socks


But are they posh socks?

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Post by snowgirl » Wed Sep 20, 2017 8:26 pm

Simply adorable.
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Re: 50 Towns in 50 States

Post by FUUZ » Wed Sep 20, 2017 8:46 pm

Let's celebrate Climax, Colorado. The high altitude (11,360 ft.) causes clitorises to become perpetually excited, thus leading to frantic sex lives for the female residents.
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Jacob Lake, Arizona. Location of the mostest super secret D.U.M.B.
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Post by FUUZ » Wed Sep 20, 2017 9:05 pm

Mentone, Texas, the county seat of Loving County, is an incredibly exciting place.
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Post by temporaryhandle2 » Wed Sep 20, 2017 9:06 pm

I continue to believe that one day I will achieve my dream of taking the Grand Tour of North America. In the meantime I have Bullet Park.

Thank you so very, very much, my dear.

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Post by BulletPark » Wed Sep 20, 2017 9:24 pm

Beautiful Woodstock, Vermont, was always a prosperous, picturesquely sited and architecturally distinguished community. Then the Rockefellers showed up. One National Park/Organic Farm/Forestry Program/Luxury Hotel later you can’t move for postcard views. I was thinking of doing Shelburne or St. Johnsbury or Bennington or any number of other remarkable, arguably more interesting Vermont places, but Woodstock is just so eye-poppingly gorgeous that is made the final cut.

This was the setting for the film version of Ghost Story and I must say Woodstock in winter is not where I would want to be pursued by a hostile ghost.

Best Thing: Just look at the place
Worst thing: Occasionally confused hippies show up and are discreetly rounded up and shot

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The Woodstock Inn

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The Library

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The Rockefeller's little county farmhouse, now Billings State & National Park.

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OC? Coffee-by-origin is not really a Vermont thing. They will pour you a cup of what they call coffee and then will probably put maple syrup into it by sheer force of habit.
PS? You betcha
R18CG? Vermont was settled much later than the rest of New England, but Woodstock does have 18th century sites.
SPT? No train, alas
ROS? Um, no. However, see the opening scene of Ghost Story for something far worse.
CUNT? Not likely.
BANANA? MAPLE?

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Re: 50 Towns in 50 States

Post by temporaryhandle2 » Wed Sep 20, 2017 10:24 pm

Why do the bridges have roofs? Or is it rooves?

Anyway, why?

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Post by Iolar » Wed Sep 20, 2017 10:29 pm

Another thread of yours dedicated to me. Oh my!
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Re: 50 Towns in 50 States

Post by birdlite » Thu Sep 21, 2017 12:13 am

temporaryhandle2 wrote:Why do the bridges have roofs? Or is it rooves?

Anyway, why?

A couple of reasons. I always thought it was weather related because I saw most covered bridges up north, but a Virginia friend said they were also built over narrow river crossing so horses pulling buggies would not be freaked out by the river, causing the buggy to topple into the water.

Regarding Camden, lovely town, filming location for the great 1957 soap Peyton Place
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Re: 50 Towns in 50 States

Post by temporaryhandle2 » Thu Sep 21, 2017 1:13 am

Thank you!

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Re: 50 Towns in 50 States

Post by Lost Soul » Thu Sep 21, 2017 1:39 am

This thread is going to take a while to go west into the habitable zone. Sometime after Dodge City, Kansas it will start hopping. Just don't mention the smell.

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Post by gnomad » Thu Sep 21, 2017 2:05 am

Yes, I remember you weren't very impressed with Acadia National Park. Did you get to visit the section that's on Isle au Haut? Hopefully you passed through Camden on the way - it really is a very pretty town. I like all of Knox County. Portsmouth is nice too but there are other historic cities in New England that I like better.

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Post by SeamusMcCool » Thu Sep 21, 2017 3:08 am

temporaryhandle2 wrote:Why do the bridges have roofs? Or is it rooves?

Anyway, why?


Because romantic...no other reason required.

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gnomad wrote:Yes, I remember you weren't very impressed with Acadia National Park. Did you get to visit the section that's on Isle au Haut? Hopefully you passed through Camden on the way - it really is a very pretty town. I like all of Knox County. Portsmouth is nice too but there are other historic cities in New England that I like better.

Acadia NP is a joke. It just doesn't rise to the level of a NP imho. I don't hate it, it's just more appropriate as a National Monument or state park or National Forest. It's basically a subdivision of summer homes of the blue bloods of Boston and NYC, surrounding a hill. Still, it was nice of John D. Rockefeller to donate the land. It was nicer of him to donate Grand Teton NP though.

I've never been to the islands, but I did drive through Camden. And for the record, Maine is full of nice places to live. Same/same for New Hampshire and Vermont and the rest of the east.
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Post by BulletPark » Thu Sep 21, 2017 5:06 am

This took some thinking. Massachusetts is stuck all over with great old towns and then there's Boston in the middle of it. But I'm trying not to do principal cities if I can, and I'm also trying to do something that is genuinely unique not just within the state but the country. So Nantucket wins.

You may have heard of the old man from Nantucket, but I don't think you've heard of how picturesque his island home is. A whaling center of the 18th century, the "Little Gray Lady by the Sea" became popular with upper class summer people during the height of interest in the colonial revival. More stark, severe and wintry than its neighbor, Martha's Vineyard, there is a bleak quality to the beauty of Nantucket that reminds one that this was the springboard into the ocean for a grim generation that spawned the manuscript for Moby Dick.

Fun fact: "Amity Island" in Jaws is intended as a satire of Nantucket, and with every warming year seems less and less improbable.

Best Thing: the uninterrupted historic town and beachscapes.
Worst Thing: "Go to Hell Pants" (see below)

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Twats wearing "Nantucket Reds," which are pink, and the reason I didn't feel too bad about not doing Provincetown because what could be fucking gayer than this.

OC? This is the ancestral home of both the Starbucks and the Folgers Families. So no.
PS? "Go to Hell Pants" are usually worn with "Go to Hell Ankles" meaning no socks. So no.
R18CG? Duh.
SPT? It's an island, genius.
ROS? Not unless you mean the coffee.
CUNT? Perhaps thrown overboard. Worth thinking about.
BANANA? You stick bananas up your asshole? How quaint.

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Post by gnomad » Thu Sep 21, 2017 5:11 am

Nantucket is on of my favorite places. Do you have any pictures of 'Sconset? So pretty in the Springtime.

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Post by temporaryhandle2 » Thu Sep 21, 2017 5:25 am

All that clapboard must cost a fortune in upkeep.

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Post by BulletPark » Thu Sep 21, 2017 5:42 am

temporaryhandle2 wrote:All that clapboard must cost a fortune in upkeep.


You ain't seen nothing yet.

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Post by temporaryhandle2 » Thu Sep 21, 2017 5:52 am

The thing that really struck me in the little bit of North America that I have seen is The Forest. So many trees it blocks the horizon. And it keeps growing back! So you can build houses out of wood. And keep replacing it when it rots away.

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I really wanted to do Providence for Rhode Island, but I am trying to keep away from principal cities. Then I thought Bristol, but for all its many charms, it's not anywhere near as unique as Newport, which is like nothing else on earth.

So here it goes, the Queen of the American Summer, Douchebag Central, Newport, RI.

Best Thing: First library, oldest synagogue, oldest tavern and bar, first jazz festival, orgy of architectural styles, Bones Beach, clambakes, blah blah blah
Worst Thing: Can't quite get over losing the America's Cup.

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Cliff Walk

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Alva's Teahouse

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The Newport Reading Room, oldest library in North America.

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Castle Hill Inn, a genuinely charming spot.

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The church from the wharf.

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Hunter House and other 18th Century houses.

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Sunken Garden, The Elms

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Newport Casino, which I'll be visiting in the Hits thread.

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The conservatory at the Breakers.

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The Old Colony House, 1725.

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White Horse Tavern, 1600s, America's oldest bar.

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Green Animals Topiary Gardens. You know. For the kids.

I'm not going on any more with this! I don't have all fucking week!

CO? Yeah, whatever.
PS? Little boating socks with little pom-poms on the heels!
R18CG? Do you need your eyes examined?
SPT? Amtrak to Providence.
ROS? No.
CUNT? Are you kidding? You'll fit right in! Although it's worth noting that this might be the one place on the planet where an Australian accent does you no favors.
BANANA? Bananas Foster at the Castle Hill is an acceptable late season dessert.

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Post by BulletPark » Thu Sep 21, 2017 6:24 am

Iolar wrote:Another thread of yours dedicated to me. Oh my!


You're 50 towns in 50 states in addition to running a restaurant chain?

No wonder you're so cranky.

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Post by GLimpet » Thu Sep 21, 2017 11:53 am

Are we in Texas yet?

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Post by NorthAmerican » Thu Sep 21, 2017 12:55 pm

GLimpet wrote:Are we in Texas yet?

Not yet, but when BulletPark makes his selection of a town in the Lone Star State I hope it's New Ulm, a couple of hours from Houston. Farms, ranches, a children's summer camp, and this:

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Post by EMG » Thu Sep 21, 2017 1:02 pm

I vote for Fredericksburg when we get to Texas.

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Post by rezuar » Thu Sep 21, 2017 1:07 pm

Camden in Maine looks like Eastwick.
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Post by VinceFoster » Thu Sep 21, 2017 1:16 pm

You could always do the odd honorable/dishonorable mentions post to include places you were tempted to feature.
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Post by VinnyD » Thu Sep 21, 2017 1:28 pm

temporaryhandle2 wrote:All that clapboard must cost a fortune in upkeep.

You mean the cedar shakes? No upkeep required. They may have to be replaced every 60 years or so.

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Post by crzypt » Thu Sep 21, 2017 1:58 pm

VinnyD wrote:
temporaryhandle2 wrote:All that clapboard must cost a fortune in upkeep.

You mean the cedar shakes? No upkeep required. They may have to be replaced every 60 years or so.

Yep

Nantucket is one of those places that I've actually been to, due only to the indulgence of family. Oldest brother rented a house there for a couple of weeks in the summer and I gained admission to The Island thereby. Anyway, in the course of that vacation I got to talking with one of the very few locals who was a genuine blue-collar type that also lived on the island - a carpenter by trade

The subject of the shingles and/or clapboards came up and he told me that the remarkable uniformity in the houses outside of the harbor area is quite intentional - and enforced by Law. There are municipal ordinances in effect that specify unpainted cedar shingles or clapboards as the only acceptable siding material allowed on all dwellings or the few small businesses in S'conset and the other small towns outside of Nantucket proper. No painting of the siding is allowed under any circumstances. Neither is the use of any other natural or artificial material. In other words, even using clear white pine or redwood (which would cost at least as much, if not more) is strictly forbidden

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Post by Moethebartender » Thu Sep 21, 2017 2:24 pm

Bulletpark wrote:White Horse Tavern, 1600s, America's oldest bar.


Well, that's a bit annoying. The Bell in Hand in Boston makes a similar claim. I've been to Newport a number of times now, but hadn't run across this place before. I suppose the lesson here is that you shouldn't trust anything written about anything that is that close to Faneuil Hall.

From a quick glance at their website, it certainly looks Newport level pretentious. I'll have try to remember to make a stop next time I'm out there.
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Post by ben_hanscombe » Thu Sep 21, 2017 3:37 pm

Moethebartender wrote:I suppose the lesson here is that you shouldn't trust anything written about anything that is that close to Faneuil Hall.

Least of all any advice on how to pronounce 'Faneuil'.
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Let’s face it. Connecticut is fucking boring. It has plenty of lovely towns but none that leap out particularly in comparison with other states in New England. Its cities are a combination of sinister and drab. And the entire lower-hand left corner is a colony of Wisteria Lane Stepford Wives. I was going to feature Mystic for its beautiful seaport and maritime museum, but thought “why not mix it up a bit?”

New Canaan, CT, is not a New England tourist destination. There is a quaint church, a village green, a place to order coffee by origin – but nothing past what any wealthy, well-kept New England town can show. Posh socks and rivers of shit need not apply. And if you’re looking to stick a banana up your ass you will be sorely disappointed. But New Canaan is where American postwar Moderinism came fully into its own.

Phillip Johnson, Marcel Breuer, the Harvard Five, Frank Lloyd Wright, Neutra, Miller, Stone, Bunshaft, Gropius – name them and they designed a superb house or interior or garden in New Canaan. Academics, stockbrokers, doctors, lawyers, publishers, journalists, scientists, artists – the clientele represented the new American middle-class, a group of people whose pipe-smoking, tweed-coated, pearls-in-the-kitchen Grace Kelly-and-Rock Hudson like had never been seen before. In the end it all got very precious and dainty and sitting-on-the-floor-drinking-oolong-out-of-eggshells but for about 10 - okay, maybe 15 – years, the Atomic Age had arrived and it was edged with petunias.

It couldn’t last and (perhaps) thank God it didn’t, but even in Palm Springs the Machine in the Garden has no greater art on the entire planet to show.

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Worst Thing: Lost Soul’s screams of despair

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PS? Mathilda does the laundry on Tuesdays, darling
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SPT? In the town square, you know that perfectly well, Reggie
ROS? Beg pardon?
CUNT? What?
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Worst Thing: Lost Soul’s screams of despair


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Post by BulletPark » Thu Sep 21, 2017 9:28 pm

New York State is simply stuck all over with great little towns of highly individual character. I think some of them fled there from New Jersey. I could have posted on Cooperstown or Woodstock or Kinderhook or Bedford or Cazenovia or Long Lake or Nyack or Bronxville or Millbrook or Sag Harbor or Owego. But instead I choose the old German/Dutch settlement of Rhinebeck, because it has the country’s oldest hotel, an aerodrome full of historic planes, one of the best collections of gingerbread architecture, is surrounded by gorgeous countryside and every Christmas they go stark raving bonkers.

Sinterklass! An old Dutch tradition taken to new and gloriously addled heights courtesy the local puppet theatre troupe. My favorite bit is the teams of krampuses that run around town kidnapping children and devouring them.

Best Thing: Sinterklauss!!!!!
Worst Thing: You know who lives on River Road? The mafia.

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Delameter House, 1831.

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The Wager Mansion, inspiration for the Addams Family house.

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The Beekman Arms, oldest hotel in the US.

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A stone house typical of the Hudson River Valley.

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The Old Lutheran Church; services in German until WWII.

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Main Street.

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The Bloody Red Barron.

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Sinterklass!!!!!

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Not your average Christmas pageant.

CO? Bard students hang out here. I think they bleed coffee by origin.
PS? Oldest continuously run department store in the state is on the corner of Main and Route 9.
R18CG? Beekman Arms, 1702 and after, oldest hotel in the country.
SPT? Amtrak to Rhinecliff, the hamlet portion of the village, located right on the Hudson River
ROS? No. The Hudson itself might have counted 30 or 40 years ago but massive clean-ups have helped considerably and the shad have made a miraculous comeback.
CUNT? No, although I’d probably knock it off with the blackface. Those old Dutch traditions only take you so far.
BANANA? I think the pictures show that they have all gone bananas

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Re: 50 Towns in 50 States

Post by cowtown » Thu Sep 21, 2017 9:32 pm

A lot of potential for this thread, curious to see Minnesota, Dakotas, and Idaho
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Re: 50 Towns in 50 States

Post by BulletPark » Thu Sep 21, 2017 10:11 pm

While the general consensus nationwide is that the whole of New Jersey is a festering shit-smear on the plastic covered sofa of Beelzebub, truth is there are plenty of great places for those who know where to look.

Lambertville is a delightful town, but a bit too close to another I’ll be covering; Princeton is amazing but essentially a great university with an ice cream parlor a little to the left – so I chose Cape May for providing proof that not every square inch of the Jersey Shore is reality television stars with anger management issues having unprotected anal while Billy Joel yells about how great it is to be a pseudo blue-collar dirtbag.

A quaint and quirky assemblage of vacation houses duded out in spool-work, Cape May was one of the first official historic districts in the US and the first one to encompass the whole town – some 800 buildings or so. As a Quaker settlement, it is completely unlike the grand New England and New York resorts of the same period and perhaps for that reason has weathered the changes of fashion somewhat better.

Best Thing: iced tea on the veranda of the Congress Hall Hotel.
Worst Thing: the growing threat of osmosis duckface

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The Congress Hall Hotel.

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Downtown.

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Iolar's house.

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The chapel.

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The Chalfonte Hotel.

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Morning Star Villa.

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Philadelphia architect Frank Furness' great Physick Mansion, now the Cape May Arts Center.

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CO? According to Cape May Coffee Roasters, “We work with our customers to come up with a blend and/or label to meet your personalized desires. Our customers have the option to privately label their coffee.” I’m guessing that means yes.
PS? This is not really a place where people go to buy socks.
R18CG? Not as such. Although Cape May Point is an old colonial settlement its resort architecture is primarily from the mid-19th century.
SPT? No, which is probably why it’s so well-preserved.
ROS? I think the surf might count
CUNT? Normally no. But see “osmosis duckface”, above.
BANANA-flavored salt water taffy! Yum!

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Re: 50 Towns in 50 States

Post by BulletPark » Thu Sep 21, 2017 11:24 pm

May I present Doylestown, a substantial little burg from 1754 onward with a highly eclectic downtown and three cement castles designed by the local honest-to-God mad scientist and ceramics artist. Located at the center of the Brandywine/Bucks County Arts Movement, it is the largest of a network of similar towns such as nearby New Hope and Lambertville, NJ, and is the Bucks County seat. The three castles cited above are the work of Henry Mercer, gentleman anthropologist and inveterate collector of Americana, with which he stocked what is now the Mercer Museum; he was also a ceramics artist and designed his home and studio out of the same cement/tile/ceramics in order that they would be fireproof. Other attractions include the Michener Art Museum, a comprehensive collection of Pennsylvania Impressionism and the original Fountain House Tavern of 1745, built by the town’s founder.

Best Thing: the Mercer Museum, an expressionistic collection of everything from ship’s figureheads to whole shopfronts of handmade tools, glass and toys
Worst Thing: Philadelphia’s ring of Toll Brothers McMansion crud is slowly but surely advancing.

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The restored County Theater

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The Fountain House, 1745.

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Mercer's Fonthill.

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The Moravian Pottery Works.

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A mishmash of 18th and 19th Century structures line the streets.

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The Mercer Museum.

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The Great Hall, showing a portion of the collections - everything from boats to baby buggies, saddles to stained glass.

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The Michener Art Museum.

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The Aldie Estate, thoughtfully tucked behind the shopping mall.

CO? The last time I looked the restaurant across from City Hall was serving quail profiteroles, so I assume coffee-by-origin must be lurking somewhere. On the other hand the Fountain House is now a Starbucks, so who can say.
PS? Quakers do not wear posh socks.
R18CG? Yes, the aforementioned Fountain House in the center of town.
SPT? No.
ROS? No.
CUNT? Steeped in Quaker tradition, most Pennsylvanians are slow to anger…and pretty much everything else.
BANANA? Probably somebody somewhere has a banana.

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Re: 50 Towns in 50 States

Post by Nines » Thu Sep 21, 2017 11:31 pm

Bravo, Bulletpark. I'm a big fan of these architecture threads of yours.

It's like a free coffee table book right here on my laptop of places I never knew even existed.

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Re: 50 Towns in 50 States

Post by crzypt » Thu Sep 21, 2017 11:48 pm

BulletPark wrote:Best Thing: the Mercer Museum, an expressionistic collection of everything from ship’s figureheads to whole shopfronts of handmade tools, glass and toys

Highly recommended. One of the coolest things about the place (or the most infuriating, if you're the type who simply must have your museum exhibits carefully categorized and grouped logically) is the sense of randomness about how so many of the objects are displayed

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The Great Hall, showing a portion of the collections - everything from boats to baby buggies, saddles to stained glass


This approach to display is not limited to just the Great Hall. The entire building is like that, just stuffed to the rafters in virtually every nook and cranny of the building - and it's a BIG building
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Re: 50 Towns in 50 States

Post by BulletPark » Thu Sep 21, 2017 11:51 pm

New Castle, Delaware, first capital of the state, was founded in 1652 and was the seat of regional government before the founding of William Penn’s Philadelphia some 40 years later. Its historic district is small but choice and a fascinating repository of upper Tidewater architecture, showing the influence of Swedish and German settlers as well as the English colonists who populated Virginia to the south. Famed for its old house tour, which dates from 1927 and features homeowners donning period drag, the town also has a great little library by Frank Furness and in Emmanuel Episcopal one of the most serene 17th century churches left in the country.

Best Thing: Emmanuel’s dream-like interior.
Worst Thing: Toll Brothers suburban ring of crud advancing from the north, overflow from Philadelphia.

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The original State House, now the New Castle County Courthouse.

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Elegant rowhouses line the central block.

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Frank Furness' little octagonal library, now the Historical Society.

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The Read House & Gardens, now a museum - the finest Georgian/Federal transitional house in the state.

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The lovely Episcopal Church. Will be visiting both structures in the Hits thread.

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Simpler rowhouses.

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The Salinas Mansion from 1710.

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CO? I dunno. That's evidently the Best Coffee Shop up there.
PS? No.
R18CG? Yes, along with some R17CG to go with it.
SPT? No.
ROS? No.
CUNT? Huh?
BANANA? Unlikely on the bare unholy face of it.

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Re: 50 Towns in 50 States

Post by Higgs Bossom » Fri Sep 22, 2017 12:17 am

I am enjoying the thread, but is there a particular order in which you are going?

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