a trip to concord.

Monday, October 17, 2011

| louisa may alcott's house... can't you see just seeing it inspiring the march sisters?! | parker came along on his first history lesson and slept through most of it | minuteman national park + parker and i at north bridge | steve + i at minuteman | sleepyhollow cemetery where we saw the graves of thoreau, emerson, alcott, nathaniel hawthorne, and lots more |

massachusetts is seriously rife with american history.  most of which i ashamedly don't know much about.  apparently i didn't pay enough (or any) attention during those lessons.  walking around a place like concord, though, makes me realize how much i would like to know.  i'm all, "steve, what happened here?" and he's like, "you know.  the shot heard 'round the world?"  and i'm like, "wait, that wasn't hiroshima?" and he just sadly shakes his head at me (ok... we didn't actually have that conversation but my lack of knowledge on historical matters is pathetic).  so, i'm going to start learning more about these significant events in our nation's history... some of which have happened (almost) in my backyard.  and now that i've written it here, you've all got to hold me accountable (and this was one of 2010's resolutions but apparently i didn't make good on it).  anyway, the kids' grandparents were here this weekend and took the kids on a special little trip to an indoor water park and hotel.  so, it was just steve, parker, + i.  we woke up saturday morning like, "what should we do!?"  steve suggested concord and i went with it.  that place is so nice.  the homes, the downtown, the churches, the parks, the history.  we had lunch downtown, then walked to minuteman national park and then to sleepy hollow cemetery.  it was a crisp fall day and the leaves are beginning to change and while i'll be seriously pissed at massachusetts when it covers us in snow in a few months i was very much, "i love you new england!  you have the world's most beautiful fall!"  and that was that.


44 comments:

  1. Concord in the fall is so beautiful! I lived the next town over when I was in high school and had my first job a catering/lunch shop in downtown Concord. Also, my husband proposed to me under one of those trees across from Old North Bridge <3

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  2. Massachusetts really does have the world's most beautiful fall. I have a feeling I'm going to come home next week fully pissed and covered in jealousy that you get to live there all the time.

    Dad and I went to Concord when he visited me in Boston...we stopped at the museum and saw the Presidential plates tour.

    Supa nerd.

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  3. You make me miss the northeast so so much!

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  4. Oh heavens, reminds me that I need to have a better grasp on history.

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  5. i came to the states on holiday a couple of years ago and decided to go to boston cause i wanted to learn all about your history.

    i went to concord...and of course Lousie May Allcots house was top of the list!

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  6. I whole heartedly agree with your last quote about New England fall! I just moved away from the North East(New Jersey) three months ago to the South and my husband and I are missing Fall up there so much! There is nothing like it!! Thanks for sharing those gorgeous pictures!

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  7. @beth, love that!!

    @elizabeth, move back? my town could use a 'lil ivie shop?

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  8. Just started following you yesterday. I love your LOVE story. You looked BEAUTIFUL at your wedding. It looks like you had a great day and your little guy is precious!

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  9. you three are wayyy too cute. I'm pretty sure we took field trips to Concord in Memorial school, but I also never paid any attention to any history lessons :)

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  10. @kimberly, thanks so much!

    @jen, you and me both.

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  11. I have to confess I'm seriously jealous. I grew up in Massachusetts and moved to Chicago four years ago for college. Now I'm married and settling in here and miss New England more and more each year.

    When you grow up there, (I don't know if you did) they spend a LOT of time on early American history. I'd strongly recommend PBS' "Liberty" mini series, which is available on DVD. It's a very good primer on all things Revolutionary War, and is captivatingly well told. I've been known to watch it for fun.

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  12. I visited Concord once and did the tour of Louisa May Alcott's house. Loved it!

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  13. Ah, all of those famous writers! Growing up, Little Women was one of my favorites. :)

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  14. It all looks so beautiful and fallish! Love Louisa May Alcott and the genius stories she gave us... Xo, Katie

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  15. I am dying to experience a New Englad fall. One day, one day.

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  16. Great photos! Parker wearing his hat all pushed up cracks me up. Looks like a nice peaceful time together.

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  17. Okay, 'fess up: where'd you get the boots?

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  18. I've been trying to get to your awesome state in October for years. Many of them. We were supposed to go this month, this week even, but Jared's work blah, blah, blah. I hate that place that pays the bills and makes life easy for me. Hate it.

    We've been in the summer and for Christmas a few times but I dream of fall.

    Sounds like a pretty perfect afternoon for a condensed version of your little family.

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  19. I literally yelled "Orchard House" as soon as I clicked onto your blog. I adore Concord, I used to make a trip to Boston every summer and Concord was always a must. Glad you guys had such a wonderful time, beautiful photos!

    (and how cool is Sleepy Hollow Cemetery?!)

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  20. Just got my babe one of those JJ Cole bundleME's. So awesome. Looks like a great fall trip!

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  21. So jealous of this trip! Goodness, I love Thoreau! And I can totally imagine the little women all up in that top room sharing stories and secrets. What a beautiful post!

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  22. So jealous of your history tour! You have such cool stuff to see... Thanks for sharing :)

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  23. @lara mckenzie, famous footwear actually! last year but maybe they still have them? they're the santana brand.

    @laurenjeanallece, loooved sleepyhollow cemetery. so pretty.

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  24. You were in the town next to me! Well, except that I was in Virginia :) Did the kids go to Coco Key? I need the skinny on that place. Lucy wants to go SO badly!

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  25. I feel like your husband slightly resembles Jack Bauer. And that's a good thing.

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  26. I am with you on needing to brush up on my history. Maybe when you learn something cool you can tell me and I'll do the same. Ha!

    I love that you had a family date with just the littlest Hunt. Sweet times.

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  27. i was just there in june (all the way from the west coast!) and loved every second of it! concord was gorgeous! my favorite part of Mass was Walden Lake (you must go!!)...

    xoxoxo you look so beautiful miss b! xo

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  28. Hey Bridget!

    I just started following your blog today, and read back as far as one year!

    I went to Concord center this weekend too. I am really into thrifting/antiquing and found out about Nesting on Main. Wicked cute shop.

    http://excusemeatthetableandplease.blogspot.com/

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  29. so funny you just went to the Alcott house. i was actually thinking about going with Meredith. that's one of the few places i haven't seen that i would really like to see before moving. i think you just gave me that last push :)

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  30. I read Little Women when I was in 6th grade and seeing Orchard House was literally a dream come true. Glad you got to enjoy it as well, and during the beautiful fall no less!

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  31. Love that house, very 'Little Women-ish'!
    I've only read 'Little Women' and would be ashamed to say that would be the only book I could think of for that author.
    But she gave me Beth, Meg, Jo, and Amy, and I'm thankful.
    Great pictures too Bridget. It's always fun to go on little weekend trips!
    Oh. And I'm really bad at history too. You're not the only one!

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  32. This is so awesome!! LOVE family trips that turn into history trips :)

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  33. trippy, my cousin was in concord this past weekend on a mini girls trip out of Boston. weird! also, i wanna live in the grey house with the aqua door!

    http://bywayofney.blogspot.com

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  34. Beautiful scenery ... so stunning :)

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  35. Massachusetts is so gorgeous. I wanna visit. Now.

    Also. You two make a cute couple. You already knew this... I'm just reminding you.

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  36. what sweet grandparents, leaving you two alone with the newest love of your life :) glad you had such a good weekend.

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  37. you didn't go to walden pond?! shameful.

    ps. you look slammin in those elbow pads.

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  38. Sigh. I grew up in New Hampshire and I miss New England so much at this time of year. For me, there is nothing like a New England fall.

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  39. I LOVEEE that you went to LMA's house! Love Little Women. I am so jealous!

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  40. gorge!
    (and parker in his cozy, cozy stroller in those stripes?! c'mon!!)

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  41. you are ridiculously gorgeous. just thought i should tell you.

    xoxo

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  42. I've never been to the northeast, but it looks gorgeous!

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  43. I'm feeling like the world is super small right now! Saw your story over at Casey's blog and was like, "I've heard this story before..." Sure enough, my hubs (also a prof) met your hubs at SBL last year and told him your guys' story. He came home and told me all about it, got a little choke up at the part about Steve and his first wife's final goodbyes. And now here you are! And I'm "blog friends" (lame wording, but you know what I mean) with Elizabeth. When I first clicked over I was all, "Hey, iviemade! Cool!"

    Anyway, just wanted to say hi. Sorry this is so super random. Is it too weird to say I know people who know people who know you in real life? :)

    Gorgeous blog too. I have a 4 month old little lady myself. They're the best.

    Take care!!

    Erin

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