Tuesday, July 27, 2010
THE HAMPTONS, PORTSMOUTH, LAYERS OF HISTORY
We stopped to admire an unbelievably large resort hotel, bought by local businessmen to save it from the axe. It was restored and now serves the community as a revered old friend, landmark, and prosperous resort.
The whole town kind of knocks your socks off when you realize that President Washington, Thomas Jefferson and all those founders of democracy were out and about these small towns and countryside, on horseback.George Washington actually read the Declaration of Independence on a balcony on one of these buildings.
About the main square of town, many of the buildings out date us by a couple hundred years. But there is a more recent layer of history as well. Who remembers the J.J. Newberry stores? There once was one in this old building.