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Summer Vacationing in New 
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Introduction

 

New England's rich history and beautiful scenery are what make it a popular vacation destination during the warm summer months, now and in years past. From the large resort hotels in the mountains, to the trendy beach communities, New England has long offered a variety of choices for those looking for a summer retreat.

 

 

 

The main attraction for most vacationers has been the scenery. The American Antiquarian Society has a diverse collection of photographs, lithographs, engravings, and illustrations depicting favorite attractions that have changed little in the past century. Maps, books, guidebooks, newspapers, and journals also hold a great deal of information and images that document popular New England destinations. Shown here is a sheet music cover titled Glen House Galop, which shows the popular resort and its surroundings. Click to enlarge.

 

New England vacation spots were visited by many and written about frequently. This written material, including books, newspapers, and guidebooks, often acted as a recruiting tool to entice potential vacationers.

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864) spent many summers as a child in Maine within view of the White Mountains. In the fall of 1832 he stopped at Ethan Crawford's farm and climbed Mt. Washington. During his stay he heard the legend of "The Great Carbuncle" which he expanded into a short story. In 1840, the idea for "The Great Stone Face" came to him, and he used the White Mountains as the setting, and the Old Man of the Mountains as the 'profile.' Both of these short stories can be found in Hawthorne's Tales of the White Hills, published in 1877.

Newspapers, such as the Martha's Vineyard Herald ran ads for hotels and cottages in the area.
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