Imagine hiking along a wooded trail in New England and stumbling upon the stone foundation of a crumbled building, the wooden slats of the walls caved in, the ironwork of the hinges still dangling on the burned out door. This discovery piques your interest—what is this? What’s its significance? How can you find out? Enter Hiking through History New England: Exploring the Region’s Past by Trail. The hiking guidebook, which profiles forty hikes (all trails, of varying degrees of difficulty), goes beyond simply stating miles and directions and GPS coordinates for each hike to include rich descriptions of the history underfoot. Hike Weir Farm National Historic Site, the only national park dedicated to American painting. Trek around Walden Pond, where Thoreau solidified his theses on nature and man. Learn about aboriginal New Englanders at Salt Bay Preserve, where a 2,400 year-old shell midden provides clues left by ancient Mainers. And more. Make no mistake—this is a hiking book first and foremost, complete with rich photos and detailed maps, but with added extras and sidebars detailing enough historical information to satisfy every curiosity along the way.
Old Sturbridge Village is one of the country’s oldest and largest living history museums, celebrating life in early New England from 1790–1840. Visitors interact with costumed historians, experience up-close demonstrations of early American trades, and meet heritage-breed farm animals. Situated on 200 scenic acres, the Village is a collection of more than 40 historic buildings including homes, meetinghouses, trade shops, working farms and three water-powered mills, restaurants, and retail shops.