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Posted by Sherry Bourque on 6/18/2017

The Northeast and New England are home to some of the most historic estates in the country. If you drive through almost any small town in New England you'll notice houses that proudly wear signs giving the year the home was built, with many dating back to the 1700s. Many of these homes have fortunately been preserved and opened to the public as museums. The area isn't just full of old colonials, either. Mansions in Rhode Island, estates in Vermont, tenement buildings in New York City, and even a few modern feats of architecture in Connecticut sprawl across the region. Here's a list of 10 must-see homes-turned-museums in the Northeast:

1. Mark Twain House, Connecticut

In 1873, Samuel Langhorne Clemens (Mark Twain) and his recently wed wife, Olivia began work on their home in Hartford, Connecticut. Twain would go on to live what he described as the happiest and most productive years of his life. The museum holds many artifacts from Twain and his family, including his last pair of spectacles.

2. The Glass House, Connecticut

The Glass House is a 49-acre experiment in modern architecture that lies in New Canaan, Connecticut. The structures on the estate were built in 1949 with industrial age materials like steel and glass (the main house being comprised of glass).

3. The House of Seven Gables, Massachusetts

Salem, Massachusetts is mainly associated with the Salem Witch Trials and various pop-culture references that tie it to the supernatural. Most of the witch trials of 1692 involved residents of neighboring Danvers (then Salem Village). The House of Seven Gables was built by a Salem sea captain named John Turner in 1668.

4. Old Sturbridge Village, Massachusetts

As its name suggests, Old Sturbridge village is a reconstructed village that depicts an average New England village in the 1830s. It includes a school, country store, bank, a working farm, and several homes.

5. The Breakers, Rhode Island

The Breakers was constructed as the summer home of Cornelius Vanderbilt II in 1893. It is a gilded age mansion on the ocean that represents the opulence and grandeur of its time.

6. Hildene, Vermont

The home of the Lincoln family built in Manchester, Vermont in 1905. It was constructed by Robert Lincoln, son of Abraham Lincoln and was excluseively the home of Lincoln decendents until 1975.

7. Jackson House, New Hampshire

The Jackson House in Portsmouth, New Hampshire is the oldest wood-framed house in New Hampshire. It was built ca. 1664 and has post-Medieval English architectural motifs.

8. Castle Tucker, Maine

Castle Tucker was built in 1807 in coastal Wiscasset, Maine. Visitors are offered a glimpse into the lives of the Tuckers, a well-known shipping family. Economic difficulties meant the home was seldom renovated and one of the most well-preserved Victorian era homes in the region.

9. Tenement Museum, New York

While many homes on the list tell the story of well-to-do families, the NYC tenement museum takes visitors through a multi-floor tenement building that housed over 7,000 working class immigrants.

10. Lyndhurst, New York

Lyndhurst, an estate overlooking the Hudson river in Tarrytown, New York, is an American Gothic revival mansion. It housed many prominent figures including a a New York City mayor and a railroad tycoon.

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Posted by Sherry Bourque on 3/5/2017

Boston is the city that many people access to enter one of the six New England states. The six states, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, Rhode Island, Vermont and New Hampshire, are rich with history. The American Revolution, Pilgrim Monument, Martha's Vineyard, great lakes and miles of natural landscape are some of the historic events and modern day sights that help to give New England states a unique appeal. Surprising facts about New England Despite the fact that New England cities may not make national news as often as places like New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Miami, towns in New England make great places to live. Check out these 10 reasons why it might be a great idea to buy a house in New England.

  1. New Hampshire has no state tax - Shop at New Hampshire department stores, antique shops or roadside retailers without worrying about the added costs of state sales tax.
  2. Four seasons - Buy a house in New England and you'll enjoy all four seasons. There are scented blossoms to watch pop open up during spring, filling the area with amazing sights, beaches to visit during summer, millions of leaves to watch change hues during Autumn and ski slopes to race down come winter. Regardless of where you are from, you'll find a season in New England to love.
  3. Ivy league colleges and universities - New Hampshire's Dartmouth College, Massachusetts' MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and Connecticut's Yale University are all located in the New England states, putting a top postsecondary education within commuting reach.
  4. Coffee and donuts - Dunkin Donuts opened its first store in Quincy, Massachusetts. Now, you have another reason to feel good while enjoying a cup of Joe.
  5. Long trusted news - America's oldest newspaper, The Hartford Courant, is in Connecticut. The newspaper is still printing out great stories.
  6. Dairy - Vermont has more dairy cows per person than any other place in America.
  7. Location - New England states like Maine and Vermont are next door to Canada. Maine is also close to a hosts of islands, making a beach side vacation only a few hours away.
  8. Blueberries - Maine grows more blueberries than any other state. Love blueberry pie or blueberry muffins? Make New England home and you could enjoy a bounty of delicious locally grown blueberries.
  9. Let's play the lottery - Playing the lottery (also referred to as "the numbers" years ago) used to be illegal. It was New Hampshire that first legalized the lottery; the year when the lottery went legit in New Hampshire was 1963.
  10. History - Starting with the American Revolution, you'd be hard pressed to find towns that have as much history as New England cities. There's Fort George, the Strawberry Banke Museum, the Salem Witch Museum,  Mount Washington, Freedom Trail, the Robert Frost House, Walden Pond and Bunker Hill, to name a few.