After a long, hard day's work of editing my manuscript, we sprawled around our wonderful rental house. We had to get our strength back for the next day: Amherst!
Upon our arrival in this beautiful college town, we parked and found the Fresh Side Eatery, which we assumed to be a spot for quiche, soup and salads. Wrong! Our menus revealed we'd found the most delightful place for Asian food and I tried Vietnamese Coffee for the first time. A quick trip through a bookstore landed me with Amherst College t-shirts for Team Testosterone and we were off to explore the Dickenson homestead.
We toured the garden and grounds surrounding the Dickensons' houses--one lived in by Emily, the adjacent owned by her brother. Quite a family scandal surrounding Emily's brother, but more important than his torrid affair with a co-worker's wife is how involved the Dickensons were in establishing Amherst College.
MK Graff realized the title of her next work (the moment is pictured above)! All of MK Graff's books have a color in them, her latest is The Scarlet Wench.
We left the Dickenson place to explore Amherst College and I left convinced that it would be a grand thing to expose at least one of my sons to such an education. The museum was particularly impressive and free to the admiring public.
On our way home we stopped at Salem Cross Inn for another traditional sort of New England meal. From cocktails through dessert it was fabulous. This historic spot is on a working farm and we enjoyed a post-dinner walk around the grounds. Above is one of the flowers I couldn't identify--any ideas?
Massachusetts farmland is rolling and looks exactly like the history books of my youth depicted colonial America.
We spent the following day working and back in Concord, but I'll leave you with this one discovery. We walked up the road from our rental house and followed a path that took us deep into the woods. All the footpaths seem to date back to Native American times, edged by low stone walls and tamped down by countless feet. We came upon this Shaker cemetery, perfectly tended, yet unreachable by any vehicles. Amazing!
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