Scenes from the Canterbury Shaker Village

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Canterbury Shaker Village, Canterbury New Hampshire

There were no pulpits or decorations because those things were worldly. “In meeting, they marched, sang, danced, and sometimes turned, twitched, jerked, or shouted.

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Their buildings are very complete and in excellent order. They have a steam laundry, with mangle, and an admirably arranged ironing-room; a fine and thoroughly fitted school-house, with a melodeon, and a special music-room; an infirmary for the feeble and sick, in which there is a fearful quantity of drugs; and they take twelve or fifteen newspapers, and have a library of four hundred volumes, including history, voyages, travels, scientific works, and stories for children, but no novels.”

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“In the dwelling-house and near the kitchen I noticed a great number of buckets, hung up to the beams, one for each member, and these are used to carry hot water to the rooms for bathing. The dwellings are not heated with steam. The dining-room was ornamented with evergreens and flowers in pots.”

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The people are not great readers. The Bible, however, is much read. They are fond of music. In summer they entertain visitors at a set price, and have rooms fitted for this purpose. In the visitors’ dining-room I saw this printed notice:

At the table we wish all to be as free as at home, but we dislike the wasteful habit of leaving food on the plate. No vice is with us the less ridiculous for being fashionable.

Married persons tarrying with us overnight are respectfully notified that each sex occupy separate sleeping apartments while they remain.”

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The Shakers believed God was both a man and a woman. That the fall of Adam and Eve was due to sexual intercourse and that men and women should be celibate.

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To see more artwork from the Canterbury Shaker Village please visit my gallery – Canterbury Shaker Village Gallery – artwork by Edward M. Fielding

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New Watercolor Series!

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Just released – a new watercolor series from artist Edward M. Fielding (www.edwardfielding.com) available as art prints, framed wall art, canvas or even on the latest phone cases.

The series features scenes of New England, classic cars and Old Quebec City as well as beach themes for vacation homes, inns or hotels.

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The series of watercolor artwork from Edward M. Fielding also features beautiful barns and farms along the Connecticut River which cuts through Vermont and New Hampshire as well as scenes of the Upper Valley region which is home to Fielding’s Dogford Studios.

Watercolor (American English) or watercolour (Commonwealth and Ireland), also aquarelle from French, is a painting method in which the paints are made of pigments suspended in a water-soluble vehicle. Fielding starts the process with a photograph from his collection of images from the region.

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Classic, beautiful doorways and home from Old Historic Deerfield, Massachusetts as well as ornate scenic classical brick and slate roofed timber framed barns from Shelburne Farms outside of Burlington, Vermont feature in several of the pieces. And of course the beautiful Autumn fall season foliage makes for a fantastic watercolor subject.

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The above image is the the stucture known as the Old Red Mill in the small Vermont town of Jericho outside of Burlington, Vermont.  Chittenden Mills – the “Old Red Mill” – in Jericho, Vermont was declared a National Historic Site in 1972 and is one of two remaining mills out of eight that were once sited on the Brown’s River’s seven water privileges in Jericho. The Chittenden Mills at site number 2 now houses a small museum, gift shop and cafe.  There is a park along the river behind the mill.

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This classic antique vintage blue Cadillac was spotted at the National Cadillac and LaSalle convention in Lake George, New York.

The sharp fins on this classic Caddy were also found at the 2014 Grand National, Lake George, New York.

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To view more of the watercolors in this series and to purchase cards, frame and matted artwork, canvas or metal prints or even a cool and unique cell phone case, visit edwardfielding.com and look for the discount code for savings at check out.

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About the artist:

Fine art photography and digital art by artist Edward M. Fielding. Fielding is an artist working in the photography and digital media. As a freelance artist my work is currently represented by several leading stock agencies.

My work has appeared in featured in numerous magazines, greeting cards, advertising, book covers and media companies as well as been widely shown and juries into fine art shows.

Recently I was one of the featured artists in the PhotoReel art show at Gallery W at the Whitney in the Berkshires.

Covered Bridges – Romantic or Haunting?

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The darkness of covered bridges can shield all kinds of things from watchful eyes.  A stolen kiss or perhaps something more sinister.  How do you feel as you travel under one of New Hampshire or Vermont covered bridges?  As you enter into the dark shade do you feel the romance or is there something that sends the hairs on the back of your neck on edge?  Perhaps you are too fearful of the old wooden floor boards giving way under your feet or on the look out for a car coming around the bend.

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There are several documented haunted bridges in Vermont.

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Located in Stowe Vermont, Gold Brook Bridge is not your ordinary covered bridge. This bridge is also known as “Emily’s Bridge,” due to the fact that it is haunted by a ghost named Emily. There are many stories of how Emily died on the bridge. One story is that she was supposed to elope with a lover who was meeting her at the bridge, and when he didn’t show, she hung herself from the rafters. Another version of this Vermont legend also starts as a love story. Emily met a man who stole her heart, and the couple made plans to marry. The fateful day arrived, and Emily went to the church in her beautiful red wedding dress ready to give herself to the gentleman in holy wedlock. The groom never arrived, and the jilted bride took the family wagon in a frenzy of anger and sorrow. She was merciless on the horses, and whipped them until they were traveling at an incredible pace, planning perhaps to confront the faithless groom. As she approached the bridge, she failed to negotiate the turn right before the bridge and drove the horses and carriage over the bank and onto the rocky brook below. Both the horses and Emily were killed in the accident. There is no written historical evidence that Emily ever existed, however. The first mention of the bridge being haunted by someone named “Emily” came after 1968 when a high school student wrote a paper on the subject claimingthat while he/she was using a Ouija board on the bridge, an entity presented itself named Emily. Other people using Ouija boards have reported that an entity has identified itself as Emily and said that she was killed on the bridge by her finance’s mother. http://www.emilysbridge.com/

One woman said she made up the story to keep her children from crossing the bridge.

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Why cover a bridge in the first place?

With a great abundance of timber, the earliest ones were constructed of wood and used trusses as their key structural design element. Many of the oldest bridges were built as post to pile construction, where columns called piles are used to support spans called posts. Wooden bridges lacking overhead enclosures deteriorate quickly with exposure to the elements, lasting a mere 10 to 15 years. By adding a roof to protect the structural underpinnings, builders realized bridges could stand for about 75 years. Despite having a roof serious threats including vandalism, insect damage, arson, flooding and neglect can lead to disrepair. In efforts to preserve them, bridges are renovated with steel trusses and concrete footings to increase support on the timbers.
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New Hampshire Has 54 Existing Covered Bridges

Among New Hampshire’s 54 covered bridges is the world’s longest two-span covered bridge. Shared with Vermont, the Cornish-Windsor Bridge stretches for 450 feet (137m) across the Connecticut River. You can drive through it on Route 12A, which links Cornish, N.H. and Windsor, Vt. The oldest covered bridge still in use in New Hampshire is photogenic Bath-Haverhill Bridge. Built in 1829, it crosses the Ammonoosuc River, off Route 302.

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Vermont’s 106 Covered Bridges

Not only does Vermont boast a whopping 106 covered bridges, the Vermont Covered Bridge Museum is the world’s first and only museum dedicated to this kind of structure. Find it at the Bennington Center for the Arts, near the town of Bennington. The museum features everything from bridge designers and build-your-own bridges to artwork and movies about covered bridges. And, Bennington County itself has five bridges that are still in use.

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Welcome to Downtown Metropolitian Etna New Hampshire

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Does it feel strange to have to give directions to someone in this modern age?  In the age of smartphones and GPS units?   Well whenever I have to give directions to someone, like the gravel delivery man or a lumberyard delivery (for some reason these guys just do it old school), I have to tell them to travel through “Downtown Metropolitan Etna and then look for the SECOND Dogford Road. Not the one buy the cemetery but the one past Hanover Center green.  And don’t miss it because then you’ll be cursing me when you end up in Lyme.

You see Dogford Road is a five mile loop with two entrances on Hanover Center Road.  Plenty of times I’ve had a UPS driver or someone mutter under their breath about driving the long way around.  Hey, at least its a scenic trip past beautiful farms and woods!

Back to Downtown Metropolitan Etna, what’s there you might ask?  Why gives it such a lofty nickname.  Well long before Hanover, NH became such a bustling little village with all of its stores, restaurants and Dartmouth College, Hanover Center was the center of town.

Hanover Center today is just a big white church, a green where they have Oxen pulls and charity auctions and an old car parade each summer at Founder’s Day, a cemetery and bunch of nice old houses around the green.  In other words a whole lot of nothing.

Etna Center in contrast is the big city.  It sports a post office inside the old school house, a branch of the Hanover library and a general store where you can get anything from a hot lunch, coffee, beer, sandwiches and even video rentals.   There is also a B&B and some beautiful houses.

Etna Center also boasts a scenic farm complete with a beautiful old barn, cows, chickens and a farm stand in the summer.  You can pick up fresh eggs here and gardeners can buy big old potato bags full of aged cow manure.  I stop by all the time to take pictures of this beautiful spot as you can see here:

DOWNTOWN METRO ETNA GALLERY

 

ETNA FACTOIDS:

Etna, originally named “Mill Village”, is a small unincorporated community within the town of Hanover, New Hampshire, in the United States. It is located in southwestern Grafton County, approximately 3 miles (4.8 km) east of Hanover’s downtown and 2.5 mi (4.0 km) south of the village of Hanover Center, on Mink Brook. Etna has a separate ZIP code (03750) from the rest of Hanover, as well as its own fire station, church, and library.

Commerce revolves around the Etna General Store and the Etna Post Office for the 814 residents and occasional visitor in what a small blue-and-white sign in a yard along the main road humorously calls “Metropolitan Downtown Etna”. The Appalachian Trail passes a mile or so north of the village before it turns northeast to cross Moose Mountain on its way to Lyme. Etna can be accessed from NH Rt. 120 via the Greensboro Road or Great Hollow Road (Etna Road, north of the Lebanon exit from Interstate 89), or from Hanover via Trescott Road (E. Wheelock Street).

Etna was the site of the 2001 murders of Dartmouth College professors Half and Susanne Zantop, dubbed the Dartmouth Murders.

Every summer, the village holds the Old Timer’s fair on the Hanover Center green, 2 miles (3 km) north of the center of Etna. For many years, Dave Laware, former operator of the Etna General Store, organized a parade consisting of local residents riding Harley-Davidson motorcycles (along with the Etna Fire Department trucks and other colorful vehicles), with their children riding behind them scattering candy to the crowd. The legend “Etna General Store – Warm Beer, Lousy Food, Poor Attitudes” appeared on shirts worn by all of the riders

Notable Residents include C. Everett Koop, 13th U.S. Surgeon General,  Jodi Picoult, author (My Sister’s KeeperThe Pact, and Nineteen Minutes), Mary Roach, non-fiction author, Edward Fielding fine art photographer, author The Last Resort photographs of Maui.

A visit to Mt. Cube Maple Sugar Farm

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There are a few things one must pack in the car before heading out on a photo adventure in the Upper Valley on the border of New Hampshire and Vermont along the Connecticut River Valley in  the days following a winter snow storm. Obviously, cameras, lens, extra batteries, tripod and such but beyond the photography equipment one must consider the possibility of being stuck in some remote corner of New England.

So before setting out I checked the gas (quarter tank, hmmm that will be cutting it close), tossed a bag of water softener salt in the back of the four wheel drive Subaru Forester, threw in some snacks and a water bottle and some traction pads.  And last but not least some money for buying maple syrup should the need arise.  There are not a lot of places to pull over on the country roads in this area so it pays to be prepared.

My purchase for the weekend to use up some of that maple syrup!

My purchase for the weekend to use up some of that maple syrup!

I didn’t have a lot of shots planned out other then snapping some shots of the ice fishing shanties on the frozen lakes.   These little temporary winter towns that dot the frozen lakes in the region are always intriguing.  Other then that I went to explore.

Eventually I found my way to the Mt. Cube Maple Sugar Farm in Orford, New Hampshire.  I pulled in to the little gift shop that was open with the “honor system” and I picked out some pancake mix.  My wife would kill me if I brought back any more maple syrup.  We still have tons left from last year when I started my series of photos of the traditional maple sugar operations that keep the local farmers busy in the late winter.

For those city slicker who don’t understand the concept of the honor system in a store, here in the country products are often sold in farm stands and roadside stores with just signs and a cash box.  If you need change you make it right there.  It works out for the most part.  Every once in a while some jerk rips off the cash box but its rare.

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While I was sticking a fiver into the box, the caretaker stopped by to see if I needed any help.  Seeing I was interested in the operation Jimmy offered to show me around.  The season hasn’t started yet but the new equipment in the main sugar house was impressive.  Probably the largest evaporator systems I’ve seen thus far in my exploration of the industry.

Jimmy who lives on the property in a trailer next to the sugar house gave a bit of history about the farm on the slopes of Mt. Cube.  At one time one of the governors of New Hampshire owned the property and they have over 1,000 acres.  The sap is collected by a vacuum system from plastic piping tapped into individual trees and then into larger collection pipes that actually run under ground.  The watery sap is then collected in an old tanker truck.  From there its brought into a very modern reverse osmosis filtering system to draw off excess water before going on to the huge oil fired evaporator where more water is steamed out of the sap and it is boiled down to sugary sweet syrup.

A very impressive operation indeed.  Open house is a few weeks away when the sugar houses throw open their doors to the public.  But like any proud craftsman, Jimmy said he is happy to show off the operation anytime.

Mt. Cube Farm - Jimmy inside the old sugar house

Mt. Cube Farm – Jimmy inside the old sugar house

He also gave me a look at the old sugar house from the days of metal buckets and wood fired evaporators.  While the present day Mt, Cube Farm has a state of the art system for tapping, collecting and processing maple tree sap into sweet sugary syrup the old shack is basically for the tourists.  This old sugar shack was pulled out of the woods and installed in front of the store as a showcase for how things used to be done with wood fired evaporators.

My photographs of the New England traditional maple sugar operations is art of an ongoing series on maple syrup production in New England by fine art photographer Edward M. Fielding.

Four images from this series will be show at the March photography show at the Gallery W at the Whitney museum in Pittsfield, MA.

Images from this series are also available for purchase from my Fine Art America Gallery.