Massachusetts Is A Perfect Travel Destination

You have to visit Massachusetts. There is so much to see and do.

If you are a buff of colonial American history, Massachusetts is the place you need to see. Massachusetts has a history that played a large part in the forming of America. Part of the original 13 colonies, it is home to Plymouth Rock where the Pilgrims landed in 1620.  It is also where the first shots were fired in the Revolutionary war, and was later called “the shot heard round the world.” There was also the Boston Tea Party in the Boston Harbor which has become legendary to citizens of America.

If you aren’t a history buff, don’t worry, there are many attractions in Massachusetts, no matter your interests. Massachusetts also has some of the most beautiful beaches on the eastern coastline with pristine white sand and deep blue waters. There are many agencies which specialize in deep sea fishing or whale watching tours.

The islands of Massachusetts, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket have been enchanting visitors for centuries. There are beautiful lighthouses to explore, ferry rides to take and fresh seafood to sample. You won’t want to come home.

Don’t despair if you are not a lover of the sea, there’s so much more in Massachusetts. There are local wineries to visit where you can enjoy a lazy afternoon luncheon. You could go visit the Cape Cod Potato Chip Factory where you can watch production and sample the goods as you leave.

Massachusetts boasts many science and nature attractions. There is Franklin Park Zoo, which is set on 72 sprawling acres and is home to biggest indoor gorilla exhibit in the world. There is also the Butterfly Place, where you can experience the magical feeling of being surrounded by hundreds of butterflies.

If there is a little one in your midst, you must go to Hasbro Gameland, where there are many hands on activities to keep your child interested and interactive all day. There is also the Children’s Museum, another delightful, interactive activity children of all ages can enjoy.

There is yet more. Shopper’s hearts will go pitter patter when they go to Copely Place which is home to 75 stores including big name stores like Tiffany & Co., Barneys New York and Jimmy Choo. In the mood for a good scare? Take a tour through Salem and relive the horrors of the Salem Witch Trials on a Ghost Tour available only at night.

Maybe you are a sports fan. The Boston Red Sox are world famous and there games are known to be ledgendary. Out to take in the sights? Take in a scenic drive up the coastline, or one of their other gorgeous scenic byways. Stop by an a orchard and go apple picking on one of the many farms that offer this opportunity or enjoy the already picked produce with the work already done for you.

Whatever your intrest, Massachusetts has something for you. Whether you are traveling alone, as a couple or a family, there is much to see and experience. Make your plans to visit today.

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About Clapps

The Clapps attended St. Stephen Episcopal Church, re-built in 1890 on the north side of Park Square.

By the 1800′s Pittsfield was the center of industry in Berkshire County. The railroad had been built and transported the products of the many textile and paper mills. Besides the many mills, Pittsfield was the location of the Stanley Electric Company. William Stanley invented the first alternating current electrical transformer. His company was bought by the General Electric Company and remained a major employer until end of the 20th Century.

But it was the railroad that opened Pittsfield to the world. Trains brought visitors from all over to the Berkshires. Many of America’s wealthiest families built “cottages” throughout the county, including many in Pittsfield. One of the most well known was “The Court” built for the family which owned the Kimball Piano Company. It became Hillcrest Hospital in 1951.

Susan Eisley, Executive Director of the Berkshire County Historical Society, wrote in Pittsfield, Images of America:

“Pittsfield can be an enigma. The largest and most industrial town in a county that prides itself on being ‘America’s Premier Cultural Resort’, it has a personality that sets it quite apart from other towns. When you look closely, Pittsfield has contributed every bit as much to culture, beauty, grandeur, compassion, invention and humor as any town in the Berkshires. Without the heartbeat of the city, the county would be so much less than the wonderful place it is today.”

Although Mr. Clapp was a respected businessman, his heart was in the arts. “This house in those days was the center of the social life of the community and gained wide fame as such” -The Berkshire Eagle, 1908. The Clapp’s home was designed for entertaining and the couple often held musical performances and poetry and theatrical readings after elaborate dinner parties.

Both Mr. and Mrs. Clapp were noted amateur thespians. Mr. Clapp used the stage name of “Thaddeus Clappertino.”

Unfortunately, Mr. Clapp did not live long enough to attend performances of such famous actors as Sarah Bernhardt and the Barrymores at the Colonial Theatre, which was built in 1903.

Nor did he get to visit the new Berkshire Museum also built in 1903.
The Clapp’s collection of 170 travel books and bound volumes of The Century and Scribner’s magazines were donated to the Pittsfield Athenaeum, which at the time was the largest gift to the library. The Berkshire Athenaeum was built with funds donated by Thomas Allen, grandson of Pittsfield’s famous minister, “The Fighting Rev. Allen”, who was well known for keeping a loaded musket close by during the Revolutionary War. The building housing the athenaeum became the Berkshire County Registry of Deeds after a new library building was built on the land between Wendell Avenue and Bartlett Street in 1967.

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History

One of the Clapps’ famous contemporaries in Pittsfield was Oliver Wendell Holmes, poet, dean of the Harvard Medical School and the great-grandson of Jacob Wendell. (Mr. Holmes is known for being the father of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., who became a U.S. Supreme Court Justice.)

Another neighbor on nearby Holmes Road was Herman Melville, one of America’s most celebrated authors. According to the Berkshire County Historical Society: “Herman Melville spent many summers in Pittsfield visiting his uncle’s farm (on South Street). In 1850, he decided to move to Pittsfield permanently, buying a home that he named for the artifacts he dug up while plowing. It was at Arrowhead that Melville wrote Moby Dick along with three more novels. 16 short stories and one volume of poetry. Many of his stories and poems were set in the Berkshires, including several set at Arrowhead. ‘A great neighborhood for authors, you see, is Pittsfield,’ Melville wrote in 1851.’”

John and Sara Morewood purchased Melville’s uncle’s farm on South Street in 1850. Later the property became the Pittsfield Country Club. Mrs. Morewood was well known for her humanitarian work during the Civil War. Sara’s son, William, married Herman Melville’s niece, Maria, and they lived at Arrowhead.

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The restoration of Thaddeus Clapp’s home, a National Registry of Historic Places property, is both a labor of love as well as an commitment to preserve the past. It is also quite a challenge: how to retain the beauty and historical integrity of the original while adding modern conveniences. When the house was built in 1871, it was state of… more

Restoration

The restoration of Thaddeus Clapp’s home, a National Registry of Historic Places property, is both a labor of love as well as an commitment to preserve the past. It is also quite a challenge: how to retain the beauty and historical integrity of the original while adding modern conveniences.

When the house was built in 1871, it was state of the art for its day. The Clapps installed central heat (coal fired steam) and indoor plumbing. The architectural style is Colonial Revival, but the interior is Arts and Crafts.

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The restoration of Thaddeus Clapp’s home, a National Registry of Historic Places property, is both a labor of love as well as an commitment to preserve the past. It is also quite a challenge: how to retain the beauty and historical integrity of the original while adding modern conveniences. When the house was built in 1871, it was state of… more