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SENIORS ENJOY CONNECTICUT


Seniors Visit Pomfret For The First Time

91_154.t.250.250Pomfret, a town in Windham County, Connecticut with a population of about 4,200, was incorporated in 1713. Wow, senior friends, Pomfret is  historical, one of the oldest towns in the state!  The town was named after Governor Saltonstall’s estate near Pontefract (meaning broken bridge) in Yorkshire, England, and agriculture and various mills along the town’s plentiful waterways supported the settlers’ earliest enterprises.

The town might be best known for the wolf’s den where Israel Putnam killed Connecticut’s last known wolf. Rocky paths connect to join the small cave which is the actual wolf den with a glacially positioned boulder called the Indian Chair. Now part of Mashamoquet Brook State Park, Wolf Den is on the National Register of Historic Places.

There are eerie remains of an 18th-Century Settlement in Pomfret where Welsh roots inspired the name of the new community. Obadiah Higginbotham and Jonathan Randall both settled the area in 1790. I love that first name.

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 Seniors Visit One Of Oldest Towns in Connecticut

This senior first came across the name of Pomfret while searching for top private schools in Connecticut. Pomfret School, with only 350+ students, is one of the state’s well known private schools.

Today, Pomfret is a residential community with light industry, including fiber optic manufacture, ample protected open land, and a large historic district listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

While the town is small it has several sites not to be missed: the Sharpe Hill Vineyard, Airline State Park Trail, Martha’s Herbary and Pomfret Wine and Spirits. I would want to pay a visit to Tyrone Farm, a uniquely beautiful 170 acre country estate. The farm is a fourth generation family business.

Senior Birders Take Note…

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Pomfret offers beautiful vistas, winding country roads, stone walls, and an eclectic collection of shops and restaurants. Town government has been sensitive to maintaining the rural environment and historic charm that makes Pomfret the quintessential New England Community.

 Listed on the National Register seniors will want to visit the Brayton Grist Mill, Gwyn Careg, Israel Putnam Wolf Den and the Pomfret Town House that was erected in 1841 and was used for many years as the site of Pomfret’s town meetings. It is now owned by the Pomfret Historical Society.

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Senior hikers will find extensive walking, hiking and horse trails. The Connecticut Audubon Center at Pomfret offers spectacular birding and is particularly known for its grassland habitats. The motto is “Close to Home…Far from Ordinary.”  Enjoy genealogy?  Read up on the local history that describes the town in detail.

Seems like there is always more to learn about a small community and Pomfret has its related topics all on one site. Seniors travelers, I think you will enjoy a stop in Pomfret.  -jeb

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SENIORS TRAVEL IN TEXAS


Today Seniors Visit Huntsville

IMG_6042-e1389149392773Senior visitors will find Huntsville seventy miles north of Houston in what is called the East Texas Piney Woods. 

The city is famed, having served as the residence of Sam Houston, who served as President of the Republic of Texas, Governor of the State of Texas, Governor of Tennessee, U.S. Senator, and Tennessee congressman.

The city had its beginning back in 1836, when Pleasant and Ephraim Gray opened a trading post on the site. Ephraim Gray became first postmaster in 1837, naming it after his former home town.

With a population just over 40,000, Huntsville is the seat of Walker county.

Seniors Enjoy Texas Main Street City

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Huntsville has been designated a Texas Main Street City by the Texas Historical Commission and a Texas State Cultural District by the Texas Commission on the Arts.

So you will not want to miss visiting Main Street where a myriad of events happen annually.

The Cultural District is home to some of the finest historical architecture in Texas.  Enhancing the downtown buildings are murals by world renowned artist Richard Haas.

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Huntsville’s largest employers are the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and Sam Houston State University, SHSU or simply Sam.

Huntsville has a plethora of cultural events and art that include the SHSU’s College of Fine Arts and Mass Communication, The Wynne Home Arts Center, Old Town Theatre, Sam Houston Memorial Museum, General Sam Houston Folk Festival, and Huntsville Community Theatre.

Seniors Learn More Of Sam Houston

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 One of the local stops senior visitors will not want to miss is the Sam Houston Memorial Grave and Monument in Oakwood Cemetery.

Since 1911, an impressive monument inscribed with the promise that the world will take care of Houston’s fame” has marked the grave of the first President of the Republic of Texas.

Senior visitors will find the  cemetery by traveling down the two blocks of Spur 94, the shortest highway in Texas.

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And wouldn’t you know it…TripAdvisor has visited Huntsville and starts off with a visit to the Sam Houston campus.

This senior would like to visit the Texas Prison Museum and have a picnic in the Huntsville State Park.

My sister in law and her husband lived in Texas’ Piney Woods.  It’s beautiful country…you will enjoy your stop in East Texas’ Piney Woods.  -jeb

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SENIORS ENJOY MASSACHUSETTS


Seniors Drop By West Bridgewater

thWest Bridgewater, a town in Plymouth County, Massachusetts has a population of just under 7,000. Senior travelers will find this small residential town comfortably settled between Providence and Boston.

This access along with availability of land has resulted in increased commercial, warehouse and industrial activity near the highway in this community which was once primarily agricultural. West Bridgewater does, however, retain working farms which contribute to its scenic character.

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West Bridgewater, located about 25 minutes south of Boston, provides an easy commute for many of its residents. Also a quick 20 minutes from West Bridgewater is Foxborough which is home to the New England Patriots.

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West Bridgewater was first settled in 1651 as a part of Olde Bridgewater. The town separated from Bridgewater, Massachusetts and was officially incorporated in 1822, the second of the three communities to separate from Bridgewater.

The town, like many in the area, had both agrarian and industrial roots with the river providing water power for milling and irrigation for farming. The town is home to the oldest standing parsonage in the U.S., the Keith House, 1662.

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The town is also believed to be the site of the first industrial park in the U.S., now the site of the Town Park. The original Ames Shovel Works was located in the Town Park. Today, the town is mostly residential.

Senior visitors enjoy The Old Bridgewater Historical Society  that was formed in 1894. Nearby museums include Blue Hills Trailside Museum, South Shore Natural Science Center and the Easton children’s Museum.

Seniors Enjoy Historical Community

1280px-waterfall_in_the_war_memorial_park Friendship Park is a favored spot for the locals to enjoy strolling and for a great picnic. War Memorial Park is another favorite for photographs. Camera clubs find that they end up needing extra memory chips as there is so much to view in the Park.

I’d want to head for the Matfield Maple Farm on Matfield Street to check out all their fresh maple products. Here is where senior visitors can get a taste of New England and the pure maple syrup that so many of us enjoy.

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West Bridgewater, Massachusetts is an exciting historical community with many older homes. And an a abundance of fine restaurants…28 to be precise,  can help appease the most demanding palate. TripAdvisor lists Crystal’s Kitchen as one not to be missed. Golf City and River Bend Country Club are two courses that will challenge your putting, so toss in your clubs enjoy playing both courses.

 Seniors, plan to walk or bike around town to get a real feel for West Bridgewater and enjoy your stay in historical New England. -jeb

 

 

 

 

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SENIORS ENJOY FLORIDA


Seniors Enjoy Colorful Punta Gorda

ShowImage Senior travelers will find Punta Gorda, a city in Charlotte County, Florida with a population of around 17,000, 26 miles north of Cape Coral and 74 miles south of Tampa.

Punta Gorda, a small historic town nestled on the shores of pristine Charlotte Harbor, a large estuary off the Gulf of Mexico, is one of the oldest incorporated cities in Florida. The name “Punta Gorda” (Fat Tip) has been on maps at least since 1851, referring to a point of land that juts into Charlotte Harbor.

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Punta Gorda is a prime harbor front location with over 60 miles of canals that provide access to both casual day boating and fishing to serious deep sea fishing, sailing and cruising to the Gulf of Mexico. Seventy percent of Punta Gorda’s residents live on waterfronts.

Seniors Like Historic Punta Gorda

It was in the late 1800s that early settlers began to arrive in what is the present-day Punta Gorda area. Gilchrist Park sits alongside Charlotte Harbor and features many historic homes in the historic downtown Punta Gorda.

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The Howard brothers were the first settlers in Punta Gorda. They landed at Charlotte Harbor in the late 19th century. The initial settlers comprised 34 men, including 4 African-Americans. The town had its first railroads within ten years, which opened the way for land developers and tourists.

The town was incorporated in 1900, 18 years after the first settlement. This Coastal Paradise was named “One of the best places to live in the South” by Money Magazine and “One of the best places to retire” by CNN Money.

 Seniors Enjoy This Tourist Destination

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Punta Gorda offers many opportunities for watersports, fishing and sightseeing that make it an excellent tourist destination. Senior visitors are drawn by the beautiful views of the Peace River and Charlotte Harbor.

There are guided walks through nature trails and tours through the Telegraph Cypress Swamp called the Swamp Buggy Eco-tour.

The beautifully restored historic district is always popular with senior visitors. Fodor’s notes that the fine dining is excellent and they note for you seafood gourmets, the Laishley Crab House.

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Nearby attractions include a Wildlife Management Area, Peace River Wildlife Center & Ponce De Leon Park, International Sailing School, Octagon Wildlife Sanctuary And Rehabilitation Center, and Babcock Ranch. Fisherman’s Village is a unique waterfront destination.

TripAdvisor highlights the Peace River Wildlife Center and the Muscle Car City Museum. Seniors, set your GPS for Florida and enjoy the host of amenities that Punta Gorda offers. -jeb

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SENIORS VISIT KITTERY, MAINE


Seniors Enjoy Oldest Town In Maine

a21f629d3006d19728db7bebb2b16962This time seniors will visit Kittery, Maine, home to the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard on Seavey’s Island. Kittery includes Badger’s Island, the seaside district of Kittery Point, and part of the Isles of Shoals.

With a population that runs right at 10,000 inhabitants, Kittery is 53 miles north of Boston. The town is a tourist destination known for its many outlet stores.

The name Kittery goes back to the early 1600s. This “oldest town in Maine” was settled is 1623 and incorporated in 1647. Like almost all towns along the Piscataqua, Kittery was named after the birthplace of Alexander Shapleigh. Many English settlers named towns in honor of their homeland, however Kittery, Maine was named for a manor house of Kittery Court at Kingswear in Devon, England.

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 Seniors Enjoy Colourful, Historical Town

Kittery, Maine is a colorful town with a fascinating history. The town grew piece by piece around the natural harbor of the Piscataqua River estuary. The Whaleback Lighthouse in Kittery is always a favorite stop for senior visitors.

 A visit to the Kittery Historical and Naval Museum is a must for seniors interested in the area’s rich history and the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Command Museum for those who enjoy shipping.

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Senior visitors can take in Maine Gate Factory Store Shopping Center, Church of Christ and the Fort McClary State Park. Additional sites of interest include Fort Forster Historical Site, the Fort McClary State Historic Site and the Kittery Outlets.

TripAdvisor’s suggests a visit to Kittery Trading Post and Fort McClary State Park. My wife and I would enjoy a visit to the Kittery Premium Outlets mall that is only minutes away from the quaint harbor town of Portsmouth, NH.

 Seniors…Lobster, Clam And Sake

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I’d want to put Warren’s Lobster House, Robert’s Maine Grill, Bob’s Clam Hut and the Farm Bar and Grill on my list of places to dine. Enjoy sake? Check out the Blue Current Brewery that brews handcrafted American Sake, “rice wine”.

Vaughan Woods State Park and Fort McClary State Park are both popular parks for a good stroll enjoying the New England air. The University of New Hampshire, Northern Essex Community College, the University of New England-University Campus and Merrimack College are valued nearby educational institutions.

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Visitors discover that naval vessels have been built along the Piscataqua River since the Revolution, starting with John Paul Jones’ sloop The Ranger which launched from Badger’s Island in 1777.

Kittery is home to Robert William Traip Academy, a formerly private, preparatory school which became public and town-run in 1967.

Seniors can spend some quality time in this interesting and historical town.  Hope to see you there, perhaps in one of those fine restaurants dining on Maine lobster or crab.  -jeb

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SENIORS DRIFT INTO OLD TOWN SPRING, TEXAS


Seniors Discover A Top Attraction

sign-flex-011 Old Town Spring, Texas is a shopping and historical railroad town that senior travelers will find 20 miles north of Houston in Spring. Featuring over 150 shops, galleries, boutiques, restaurants special events and festivals, Old Town Spring is voted one of the top attractions in Texas each year.

While the name “Spring” is applied to a large area of northern Harris County and a smaller area of southern Montgomery County, the original town of Spring, now known as Old Town Spring, is located at the intersection of Spring-Cypress and Hardy roads and encompasses a relatively small area of perhaps 1 km.

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This town is rumored to be known as a robbery victim of Bonnie and Clyde. The bank building still has bullet holes from several robberies in the 1920s and 1930 like in Northfield, Minnesota.

Seniors Enjoy Historic Town

The Spring area was first occupied by a tribe known as Orcoquisac Indians who depended on fishing and hunting which they found in abundance in this area. The first merchants in Old Town Spring could be considered to be the Trading Posts that were established by the French and later the Spaniards called “El Orcoquisac” where trade with the Indians was brisk.

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The name, “Old Town Spring,” is said to have originated after one of the worst winters in Texas history when a group of tired railroad workers were so happy at the approach of spring that they named their new camp “Camp Spring.”

At one time the town had as many as 5 saloons and a gambling hall. The town thrived on the booming railroad business in South Texas and resulting industrialization. Now the historic turn-of-the-century settlement features a variety of Victorian-style restaurants and shops.

 Seniors Time Visit For One Of The Festivals

Senior visitors can stroll along tree-lined streets or relax in the gazebos and benches throughout the town.  Seniors can also browse through a variety of boutiques, museums, galleries, restaurants and antique shops where you will discover original artwork, jewelry and woodwork.

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The local shops and businesses came alive with a festival called the Spirit of the Season where visitors encounter strolling performers and festive exhibits. Senior visitors can stroll among the decorated winding paths and enjoy hot chocolate or other holiday treats.

Set your GPS for Old Spring Texas just north of Houston and join in on all the fun and excitement in a town that celebrates Five Major Festivals each year. You can be almost certain to find one going on upon your arrival. -jeb

 

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SENIORS ENJOY TRAVEL IN MISSISSIPPI


Seniors Pay A Visit To Pass Christian

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Pass Christian, nicknamed The Pass, is part of the Gulfport–Biloxi Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population runs right at 6,500. Senior travelers will find The Pass 9 miles west of Gulfport, Mississippi.

Pass Christian, with more than 300 years of history, is an enchanting Village-City resting on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi, facing the Sound with a seven mile long beach-head. The Pass was left in ruins by hurricane Katrina.

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Pass Christian was named after a nearby deep-water pass, which was named for Nicholas Christian L’Adnier. Pass Christian was founded in 1849. The town was a hot spot for the beach as well as summer homes of the affluent from New Orleans. The town was a famous resort prior to the American Civil War. The wealthy built a row of historic mansions along the shoreline where Scenic Drive was one of the country’s notable historic districts.

 Seniors Enjoy Fishing And Fine Dining

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Having an entrenched heritage since the arrival of the French-Canadian explorers in 1699, the city processed through changes of the guard and national banners from French, to English, to Spanish, to an Independent Republic, and then to the American flag.  It had emerged as a small fishing and commercial harbor and became a main trading center on the Mississippi Sound.

Because of its proximity to New Orleans, the first Lighthouses in Mississippi were built as sister towers at Cat Island and Pass Christian in 1831, when it became the first mainland lighthouse in Mississippi. The harbor houses dozens of beautiful watercraft including colorful sailboats.

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The Seafood Festival hosted by Pass Christian residents is a popular tourist attraction. Pass Christian has lots of southern charm and lying along the Gulf Coast, plenty to do with fishing and fine dining with a wide variety of seafood.

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Between 1923 and 1929 New Orleans residents Rudolf and Lynne Hecht developed Middlegate Japanese Gardens which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. James M. Sherman, at age 67, began construction of Sherman Castle.

TripAdvisor suggests senior golfers not miss the Oaks Club, rated 4 1/2 stars in Golf Digest’s Best Places You Can Play. Beauvoir, Jefferson Davis Home, is the house that was bought by Davis in 1879.

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For yours truly, “the beauty of the cigar is in the ashes”…and Cigars in the Pass is said to be the “Friendliest and Most Knowledgeable Cigar Community Since 1900.” Being a fancier, this senior would test that out.

“The Pass” is known throughout the region as a place of legends and lore and the  historic downtown area is the city’s heart and soul. My wife and I would enjoy taking a self-guided walking tour of this historical area. Seniors, set your GPS for The Pass and enjoy the host of amenities this historical town offers.  -jeb

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SENIORS ARRIVE IN MAINE


Seniors Stop At Scenic Falmouth

falmouth-maineSenior travelers learn that Falmouth is a town in Cumberland County, Maine with a population of around 12,000. This rapidly growing northern suburban community of Portland borders Casco Bay and offers one of the largest anchorages in Maine.

The town was named for Falmouth, England and is home to three private golf clubs and the Portland Yacht Club. Seniors, toss in your clubs and perhaps pull your yacht along. Falmouth was named the “Top City to Live and Learn” by Forbes in 2011.

 

All along the eastern coast of the US history abounds and Falmouth is part of it. One of the earliest and most historically significant structures in the town of Falmouth was a palisaded fort and trading post named New Casco, built in 1698 after the conclusion of King William’s War.

Seniors Visit Historic Town

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The town was first settled by Europeans in the early 1630s and was recognized as a town later in 1658. Falmouth was incorporated in 1718 as an area now known as “ancient Falmouth.”

Senior visitors might find the Falmouth Historical Society & Museum of interest. TripAdvisor suggests you to be sure to take in Mackworth Island, River Point Conservation Area and the Gisland Farm Audubon Centre.

The Center is headquarters for the Maine Audubon Society, a modern environmental center and a 65-acre sanctuary. It offers two miles of trails along the Presumpscot River estuary through the hills, forests and salt marsh of Falmouth.

Seniors Enjoy Maine’s Coastline

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Senior visitors can venture north along Route 88 to see the coastline and the stately homes in Falmouth Foreside. I just had to toss in the the Presumpscot River (I love that name), as it is a 25 mile scenic river located in Cumberland County and is the main outlet of Sebago Lake. The river provided an early transportation corridor with reliable water.

Downtown Falmouth is a journey in itself, loaded with historic buildings, beautiful flowers, great restaurants and shops. I have found Facebook to be a good reliable source complete with places to eat, stay and landmarks to enjoy.

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The Family Ice Center is Southern Maine’s premier year round ice skating and community center for folks of all ages. The Center offers programs that include public skating indoors and outdoors, on Maine’s only refrigerated outdoor skating surface, the Lee Twombly Pond Skating Center at the FIC, as it is called.

For you oenophiles, drop by Maine Coast Vineyards that has been growing wine grapes  in the old agricultural region of Falmouth called Hurricane Valley. Seniors, set your GPS for Falmouth Maine and enjoy all that this scenic community has to offer. -jeb

SENIORS VISIT KENTUCKY


Seniors Spend Time In Historic Bardstown

mostBeautifulBannerBardstown was named the ‘Most Beautiful Small Town in America’ by the Rand McNally. Senior travelers will find picturesque Bardstown in the heart of Kentucky’s Bluegrass Region.  Bardstown is the second oldest city in Kentucky and is home to Federal Hill, the inspiration for the state song, “My Old Kentucky Home.”

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Known as the ‘Bourbon Capital of the World’, Bardstown has the art of distilling the tipple down to a fine art, with some local distilleries dating back as far as 1776 and celebrates this history each September with the annual Kentucky Bourbon Festival. Bardstown is to bourbon what Napa Valley is to wine.

My Old Kentucky State Park hosts The Stephen Foster Story, a Broadway-style musical about the ‘American father of music’ and composer of Kentucky’s state anthem. Bardstown’s downtown is a mix of historic buildings, eclectic boutiques and great restaurants.

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With a population of 13,000, Bardstown is the county seat of Nelson County. This historic town was  named for the pioneering Bard brothers David and William, having a 1,000-acre land grant from Patrick Henry, then governor of Virginia.

More than 300 buildings in Nelson County are on the National Register of Historic Places; nearly 200 of them are in the historic downtown district. Trip Advisor suggests senior visitors check out the local distilleries, taking one of the Historical and Heritage Tours, and then visit the Bardstown/Nelson County Historical Museum.

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Many senior visitors head right for Old Bardstown Village, a recreation of a 1790 frontier community, home to settlers exploring the west. Eight original and authentic log cabins, each 150-200 years old, highlight a creek that runs through the grounds and supplies power to Brown’s Grist Mill.

 Seniors Enjoy Bourbon Capital

Bourbon immersion: Bourbon Capital of the World. Official Trailhead of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. Heaven Hill, Maker’s Mark, Jim Beam, Barton 1792, Willett Distillery. Bourbon-themed Bourbon Manor Bed & Breakfast inn, cafe, spa and Bourbon Bar. Kentucky Bourbon Marketplace. Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History. Menus offering bourbons by the hundreds (Kreso’s-140, Rickhouse-120, Bourbon City Bistro-120) and home of the Kentucky Bourbon Festival.

I found it of interest that the discovery of Bourbon in 1789 is attributed to Baptist minister Elijah Craig. At any given time, Kentucky has more barrels of bourbon aging than people – some 5 million to its 4.2 million population.

Senior travelers, plan a stop in Bardstown. With ten hotels and a variety bed and breakfasts, accommodations are not lacking.  Enjoy the Old Talbott Tavern, which began operating in 1779, or experience a night in jail at the Jailer’s Inn. Try to top that one! -jeb

SENIORS ENJOY NEW JERSEY


Seniors Find Solace in Maple Shade

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With my interest in plants as a Master Gardener, I just had to check Maple Shade. It is a township of around 20,000 inhabitants located in Burlington County, New Jersey, the Garden State. This senior has always been impressed with the state of New Jersey.

What is now Maple Shade was originally formed as Chester Township on November 6, 1688. First settled by the Roberts family in 1682, Maple Shade developed in the early years, before the independence of the colonies, as primarily agricultural.

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The municipality’s name was changed to Maple Shade Township as of November 6, 1945, based on the results of a referendum passed that same day. If you are a senior history buff, this site is just for you.

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Senior visitors will find plenty to do with lots of attractions in and around Maple Shade. TripAdvisor notes that Main Street Art is always a big hit with visitors and ranks #1 for things to do in Maple Shade.

Maple Shade’s history spans more than three centuries. The settlement became more permanent in 1794 when Main Street was constructed. In 1811, property was set aside for the Chesterford School, also known as the “Little Red Schoolhouse.” In 1867, the township gained an identity with a train station and a rail stop.

The Little Red Schoolhouse on Main Street is always popular with senior visitors. Students from all over the former Chester Township walked to this school from the years 1812 to 1909.  Remember walking to school? I sure do. It was a mile to school and a mile home in my hometown of 250.

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The school was replaced with a larger, two room version in later years. This “Shade” schoolhouse as it is called, now serves as headquarters for the Maple Shade Historical Society and enjoyed a recent $125,000 renovation.  It is well worth a visit to view a small piece of history. Put it on your bucket list on your visit here. The Maple Shade Custard Stand is just across the street, so it’s two birds with one stone.

 Rumor Says The House Is Haunted

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Many small towns owe their history to a railroad crossing paths with the vicinity, I know my hometown did. Along with the railroad came various industries and businesses, several shops, a post office, and an active brick-making business.

Maple Shade gradually changed from a rural community to a suburban town. Today many of these early settlers are still known through street names: Robert Stiles, Samuel Coles, Alexander Mecray, and the Rudderows were all early settlers of Maple Shade.

Rumor has it that the Collins House in Maple Shade is haunted. If you are “into that kind of thing”, you just might find it of interest. Spend some time enjoying Maple Shade and all the amenities it has to offer. -jeb

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