Travel Guide: Cornish NH and Windsor VT

Travel Guide to the Cornish Windsor Area

Separated by the Connecticut River but joined by the longest wooden covered bridge in America, the Cornish, NH and Windsor, VT are provides a lot of authentic attractions for the tourist interested in history, beautiful rural landscape and local artisan food.

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The Cornish-Windsor bridge is the longest wooden covered bridge in the United States and the longest two-span covered bridge in the world. It is interesting to note that Cornish comes first in the name because New Hamphire’s state line extends all the way across the river to the shoreline of Vermont and has to maintain the bridges on the Connecticut River.

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This old train station in Windsor, Vermont on Depot Road was restored in the late 1970s and later converted into a restaurant.

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The Blow-Me-Down Mill in Cornish, NH was used by the artist colony community as a grist mill until its close in 1920, Now, only the restored building remains, along with a nice mill pond, wet land and a waterfall.

Things to Do in the Cornish, New Hampshire/Windsor, Vermont Area

  • Discover the home, studios and gardens of Augustus Saint-Gaudens, one of America’s greatest sculptors at the Saint-Gaudens Historic Site.  https://www.nps.gov/saga/index.htm
  • Find and discover at least four of New Hampshire’s 54 covered bridges in the area.  Even more if you travel a little bit farther.
  • Learn about manufacturing’s original “silicon valley” or known than as “the precision valley” at The American Precision Museum, housed in the original Robbins & Lawrence Armory, it holds the largest collection of historically significant machine tools in the nation. https://www.americanprecision.org/
  • Check out the Paths of Life sculpture garden in Windsor.
  • Grab a brew, lunch and a brewery tour at the The Harpoon Riverbend Taps and Beer Garden and factory.
  • Watch pottery and glass being blown at the Simon Pearce factories http://www.simonpearce.com/pages/windsor-vermont
  • Tour Windsor the birthplace of Vermont – Windsor offers a self guided walking tour featuring over 40 historic structures throughout the community. The tour is supported by a comprehensive guide, available through the library, Historic Windsor’s offices in the Windsor House or Welcome Center.
  • Hike, paddle, bike, fish, snowshoe and ride in Mt. Ascuteny State Park.
  • Artisans Park – Located just minutes from Exit 9 off of I-91 you will find a brewery, distillery, cheese shop, sculpture garden, glass factory, pottery and river outfitter. The Artisans Park has something for everyone and is unlike any other attraction in New England.
  • Visit the annual Cornish Fair, held each year the third weekend in August.
  • Tour the Old Constitution House located at Windsor in the U.S. state of Vermont is the birthplace of the Vermont Republic and the Constitution of the State of Vermont.

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Did you know?

  • Famous recluse and revered author of Catcher In The Rye, J. D. Salinger hid out from the world in Cornish, NH.
  • The Saint-Gaudens Historic Site is one of the least visited parks in the entire National Park system?  Truly a hidden gem!

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One of the many “hidden” covered bridges in the Cornish area located off the beaten path.  Look for them on the map or watch for the handy signs along the road.  Some of them are still in use.  

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Some are closed to traffic but can be crossed on foot.  Finding all of the covered bridges in the area makes a great treasure hunt for kids and adults.

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One of the building to explore at the Saint-Gaudens Historic Site.  The grounds are free to explore in the off season and less than $10 to visit in the summer. Be sure to take one of the informative guided tours.

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Note on the photographs:  All of the photographs in this article on the Cornish-Windsor region of the Upper Valley are by Edward M. Fielding and can be purchase as postcards, prints, framed art, canvas prints and more via http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/

Tough Life on Prince Edward Island

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Note: the watermark in the lower right does not appear in the final print.
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A sinking, decaying, abandoned, beach front cottage on Prince Edward Island, Canada.  Fine art photography by Edward M. Fielding

Maritime Canada is full of quiet beauty in its landscape and within the struggles of man, industry and living against the brutal weather.  Existence is never easy trying to scrape out out a living off of the land and sea when forces of nature work for and against you like the daily tides that hit the island.

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The tar paper shack had been built quickly in the days of yore before the thought of inspections, zoning or regulations. It was placed on a spit of land, a beach dune really of shifting sand. It was a house of convenience rather than luxury. What was luxury anyway other than a roof over one’s head, four walls to keep out the constant wind that blows across the island and a stove to burn drift wood to keep back the damp chill.

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The house didn’t rock. At least not in the same time frame of the deep sea fishing boat. After a week on the water anything that didn’t move was heaven on earth. Others join the little lonely house as the fishing village grew and fortunes of the hunting ground were discovered, exploited and depleted. Herring, cod, lobster, clams, mussels – bounty from the sea to be caught and shipped west to the city folks of St. John, Quebec, Montreal and even south by train to Boston and New York. Far away places with ways of life so foreign to the fishermen of Rustico.

But the little house on the beach did roll with the sands of time. Gone were the rough seaman as time past and the stocks dwindled. Now city people came on holiday to play in the water, eat by the sea and hire fishermen to ferry them around for sport. The waves of the dunes rolled the little house in its perch, pitching it slowly off kilter, the winds ripping at is tar paper siding, the ground opening to swallow it whole. — Edward M. Fielding

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Prince Edward Island can be tough on ships as witnessed by the 63 lighthouses scattered around the island.

You can see all of my lighthouse photographs and artwork here: http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/lighthouse

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  1. NORTH CAPE LIGHTHOUSE
  2. TIGNISH RUN LIGHTHOUSE/BIG TIGNISH/JUDE’S POINT
  3. FORMER MIMINIGASH RANGE LIGHT
  4. FORMER NORTHPORT BACK RANGE LIGHT
  5. FORMER CASCUMPEC LIGHTHOUSE
  6. NORTHPORT BACK RANGE LIGHT
  7. FORMER HARDY’S CHANNEL/LITTLE CHANNEL LIGHTHOUSE
  8. MALPEQUE HARBOUR APPROACH LIGHT
  9. FORMER FISH ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE
10. MALPEQUE OUTER BACK RANGE LIGHT
11. MALPEQUE OUTER FRONT RANGE LIGHT
12. FORMER CAPE TRYON
13. CAPE TRYON LIGHTHOUSE
14. NEW LONDON LIGHTHOUSE/ NEW LONDON BACK RANGE LIGHT
15. NORTH RUSTICO HARBOUR LIGHTHOUSE
16. COVEHEAD HARBOUR LIGHTHOUSE
17. ST. PETER’S HARBOUR LIGHTHOUSE
18. SHIPWRECK POINT LIGHTHOUSE/NAUFRAGE LIGHTHOUSE
19. FORMER SHIPWRECK POINT LIGHTHOUSE
20. EAST POINT LIGHTHOUSE
21. SOURIS EAST LIGHTHOUSE
22. FORMER ANNANDALE FRONT RANGE LIGHT
23. ANNANDALE BACK RANGE LIGHT
24. ANNANDALE FRONT RANGE LIGHT
25. FORMER CARDIGAN RIVER RANGE LIGHT
26. GEORGETOWN BACK RANGE LIGHT
27. FORMER GEORGETOWN FRONT RANGE LIGHT
28. GEORGETOWN FRONT RANGE LIGHT
29. PANMURE HEAD LIGHTHOUSE OR PANMURE ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE
30. DOUSE POINT FRONT RANGE LIGHT
31. DOUSE POINT BACK RANGE LIGHT
32. MURRAY HARBOUR BACK RANGE LIGHT/BEACH POINT BACK RANGE LIGHT
33. MURRAY HARBOUR FRONT RANGE LIGHT/BEACH POINT FRONT RANGE LIGHT
34. CAPE BEAR LIGHTHOUSE
35. WOOD ISLANDS LIGHTHOUSE
36. WOOD ISLANDS BACK RANGE LIGHT
37. WOOD ISLANDS FRONT RANGE LIGHT
38. POINT PRIM LIGHTHOUSE
39. BRUSH WHARF FRONT RANGE
40. HASZARD POINT FRONT RANGE
41. HASZARD POINT BACK RANGE LIGHT
42. BRIGHTON BEACH FRONT RANGE
43. BRIGHTON BEACH BACK RANGE LIGHT
44. WARREN COVE BACK RANGE LIGHT
45. WARREN COVE FRONT RANGE LIGHT
46. BLOCKHOUSE POINT LIGHTHOUSE
47. ST. PETER’S ISLAND LIGHT
48. LEARD’S BACK RANGE LIGHT
49. LEARD’S FRONT RANGE LIGHT/PALMER’S BACK RANGE LIGHT
50. WRIGHT’S BACK RANGE LIGHT
51. WRIGHT’S FRONT RANGE LIGHT
52. PORT BORDEN FRONT RANGE LIGHT
53. PORT BORDEN BACK RANGE LIGHT
54. PORT BORDEN PIER LIGHT
55. SEACOW HEAD LIGHTHOUSE
56. FORMER SUMMERSIDE FRONT RANGE LIGHT
57. INDIAN HEAD LIGHTHOUSE
58. SUMMERSIDE BACK RANGE LIGHT
59. SUMMERSIDE OUTER FRONT RANGE LIGHT
60. SUMMERSIDE OUTER BACK RANGE LIGHT
61. CAPE EGMONT LIGHTHOUSE
62. WEST POINT LIGHTHOUSE
63. HOWARD’S COVE/SEAL POINT LIGHTHOUSE