Fleeton Year of Adventure travel blog

Hilldene, the home of Robert Lincoln

The view over the formal gardens (flowers are finished for the year)...

Battle Monument at Bennington

A painted moose (their version of BC's painted killer whales in the...

Huge home below the monument

Looking westward - New York state is beyond the farm in the...

Another beautiful Vermont house

Beautiful fall colours - we were told there were less reds this...

Old First Church in Bennington - 1806

Many very old graves

Robert Frost grave site (and the rest of his family)

Welcome to New York

Welcome to Massachusetts

Our campsite at Bourne, underneath one of the bridges over the Cape...

First stop for the day was Hilldene, the mansion built by Abraham Lincoln's only son who survived to manhood. Lincoln was the president of the Pullman Railroad Car company and very rich, and had filled federal cabinet and committee posts as well. He built this beautiful home overlooking a valley to be next to an old friend, and the last of his descendants only in the 1970s. It of course is now a museum, and featured a beautiful Aeolian pipe organ, which one of the volunteers played (using the old player rolls now digitally operated). It also included an Abraham Lincoln exhibit upstairs, and much of the family memorabilia. After we left this house, we drove a bit south to the town of Bennington, where we saw the Battle Monument, a huge stone tower honouring one of the first successful battles in the revolutionary war against Britain in 1775. The views over the surrounding area were magnificent, as were the large houses located around the monument green, atop the highest point in town. From the top (via elevator, thank God) you could see New York State to the East, and Massachusetts to the South. Also in Bennington was the First Old Church, the first church in the area. As well as having the tomb of poet Robert Frost, it also contained many old graves of War of Independence veterans - the Daughters of the American Revolution has marked every grave in the USA with a medallion and flag on a stake for these veterans. When we left Bennington we turned to the west and crossed the state border into New York, and followed a windy little country highway down below the end of Vermont, and then switched to something totally different - a big Massachusetts turnpike. It cost us $7.50 to cross Massachusetts, but it saved us lots of time. We spent the night at a campground right on the Cape Cod Canal, which allows ships to avoid going around the treacherous waters around the tip of Cape Cod on their way up the Atlantic Coast.

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