It has been raining and raining which has given me time to do some journaling and reading. I guess Pooh is tired of the rain too since he turned his back on the river.
There have been some partially dry days and on one of those I took another walk around town. I did a previous blog with a look at the local falls, municipal forest, the gorgeous library and other public buildings. You can find that post here if you haven’t read it.
Today I went back on my own unplanned personal walking tour just enjoying the wonderful houses in this town.
I came to town to pick up some things at the local health food store called Natural Provisions. I hadn’t thought I was going to have anything to photograph so I left my camera at home. When I got inside the store it was a feast for the eyes but I had nothing but my phone with the terrible camera. I took a number of pictures but most of them were so bad they aren’t worth posting. Even the one I am including of the inside is an insult to this beautiful store.
The outside has a castle feature. But based on the stained glass in the tops of the windows inside, I’d say the building's previous life was as a church. Not sure if a congregation went out of business or built a bigger church. There are a lot of churches in Saint Johnsbury and they are lovely. Some of them, but not all, are in my previous post.
None of my pictures of the food section are decent but this one of the local crafts area was the best of the lot. The windows all have stained glass which was really beautiful. Some are full stained as these are and some only the top of the window is stained.
Just north of the bridge coming into town, the Moose Rive,r which runs behind Winnona, joins the Passumpsic River which flows on under the bridge and off south. The Passumpsic is a much larger river and I wonder about kayaking it. I walked across the bridge just to take a look at the river.
I love the wildness of it right along the banks though you can see the town just behind the trees on the right hand side. I think I’m glad they haven’t done a river walk and disrupted the naturalness of it.
From there I walked down Railroad Street which is really the main street in Saint Johnsbury and cut up Concord. But on that corner there is another bridge crossing the Passumsic River. I could hear rushing water so I went over to look. Sure enough, a dam. I couldn’t get very good pictures the water fall but I thought a park around the falls might be a good civic project.
It was a lovely falls and I was sorry I couldn’t enjoy it more. That’s the second falls in the Saint Johnsbury city area that is not being enjoyed by residents and visitors. Really too bad. Who doesn’t love a waterfall?
Shouldn’t they really have a park around it on one side or the other despite the utility buildings? I’d love to see picnic tables, benches, spots to sit and read.
Well I’m not in charge so I went off up Concord Street which is a stiff climb and topped into Main Street which isn’t actually the main business district street. But seems to be the main fancy houses street
Late 19th, early 20th century houses are my favorites. That’s probably why I love the farm. That’s its time period.
This house was on the climb up Concord I believe. When we renovated the farmhouse we considered a double stacked bay like this but it didn’t look right.
Most of the rest of the homes were on Main Street. I just love their roof features and porches. Why have we stopped building homes like this? Too costly? There are mighty expensive and huge homes being built all over but none like these beauties.
I love the wide sweeping porch contrasted with the two skylights. The porch protects from sun and the skylights let it in.
Wish I hadn’t zoomed in so far and cut off the top peaks of this house in this picture. The details of it are wonderful. Boy I’d hate to paint it though.
Here are two other pictures taken from the sidewalk in front of the house. I hope they show the details. This might be my favorite of the houses. It’s a work of art. Look at the embellishments under the trim of the little bay window. Have you seen any house built in the last 70 years that was a work of art?
There were several other houses that I couldn’t get good pictures of because of all the trees. Here are some pieces of one of them.
There was a conjunction with Main, Boyton and Mount Pleasant Streets. A sweet little park was in that triangle. Boy do I wish I’d brought my real camera. And why in the world is this so off center that it doesn’t show the entire circle? Crappy photographer being careless.
A home for “aged women” seems like a relic from the time period. I love the houses but the position of women in the time, not so much.
Or maybe this one is my favorite with the two little dormers, the tower and the carriage drive through at the front entrance.
Or maybe this one with the carriage drive on the side and the little walk out on the second floor.
At the welcome center I could not find a walking map that gave the dates of all these houses. Wish there had been one. These two have similar rounded porch entry features. I’d like to know if they are close in age. Other than that feature, they seem quite different.
I wonder if you can actually get in this square turret on top. In Victoriana a tower rests on the ground a turret on the house. In sea faring towns the cupola was often surrounded by a widows watch for the wife of the sea captain. But mostly they were just for decoration.
A more modest house gets a renovation. Neat bay window.
I’m pretty sure this is a European Mountain Ash also known as the Rowen Tree. Since ancient times European people have planted a Rowan beside their homes. In Celtic mythology it's known as the Tree of Life and symbolizes courage, wisdom and protection. The rowan’s wood is strong and was often used for walking sticks, tool handles, spindles and spinning wheels. Not sure if birds can eat the berries but the raw berries are astringent and diuretic to both humans and dogs. They are made into jams and eaten traditionally in Europe with lamb and game.
I’d never recognized one before and it was so loaded with fruit.
And so ends my walking tour of Saint Johnsbury. It is definitely a great place to stroll with lots of homes and public buildings I haven’t shown.
Back home, my backyard at twilight.
Which of the houses was your favorite?
Does your home town have beautiful homes to stroll by?