Curious New England

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New England is truly a Cabinet of Curiosities, and this indispensable guide directs you to its most bizarre, off the wall, and unsettling exhibits. Some evoke hilarity, some horror.

Discover singing sand, glowing tombstones, ghostly squirrels, and a musical instrument said to cause madness. Marvel at the most mysterious manuscript in the world. Visit a miniature replica of the Holy Land or climb carved stone steps leading . . . nowhere.

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Overview

New England is truly a Cabinet of Curiosities, and this indispensable guide directs you to its most bizarre, off the wall, and unsettling exhibits. Some evoke hilarity, some horror.

Discover singing sand, glowing tombstones, ghostly squirrels, and a musical instrument said to cause madness. Marvel at the most mysterious manuscript in the world. Visit a miniature replica of the Holy Land or climb carved stone steps leading . . . nowhere.

Curious New England points the way to all the tantalizing treats and terrifying treasures that remain tucked away in overlooked museums, private collections, and forgotten recesses of this very special region.

*A cursed statue in Maine
*Ageless American Megaliths
*A window embedded in Vermont earth
*Titus’s Arch on a New Hampshire hilltop
*Artwork made from insect parts

With precise directions, hours, and contact information, these fascinating pages reveal each mystery, miracle, and marvel, from world-class weirdness, to minor curiosities, to entertaining distractions.

There'll be no more boring Sunday drives when you can visit a spider farm, explore the laboratory of “mad” scientist Wilhelm Reich, view the Hobo Hotel, and observe houses made from paper, wooden crates, mounds of earth—even covered bridges.

And New England’s wonders never cease: discover evidence of manned flight a century before the Wright Brothers; visible phantoms manifesting from marble columns; and automobiles emerging from tarmac like dinosaurs from pits of tar.

This one-of-a-kind collection spotlights all six New England states,
illuminating everything that’s wicked, weird, and wonderful in every hidden corner of a region that rivals Old England in mysteries, miracles, and marvels.

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Editorial Reviews

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". . . fun . . . offbeat . . . As the preface reads, 'This is not a standard travel book.’"—The Boston Globe

"Forget New England's mainstream tourist attractions. Oddities and weird wonders abound in the region, and a new book, Curious New England describes more than 200 of them."—Vermont Sunday Magazine

"An entertaining read from start to finish"—The Valley News

"A terrifically entertaining book . . . each entry is written with considerable wit . . . a great read for your summer vacation—and excellent advice on how to spend it."—Radio Albany

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781584653592
  • Publisher: University Press of New England
  • Publication date: 5/1/2004
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 364
  • Sales rank: 969,751
  • Product dimensions: 0.81 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 8.50 (d)

Meet the Author

JOE CITRO is a popular lecturer, public radio commentator, and is the author of numerous books, including DEUS-X: The Reality Conspiracy (UPNE, 2003).

DIANE E. FOULDS has written for numerous publications, including The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, and the Christian Science Monitor.

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Table of Contents

Note to Second Edition vi
Preface vii
Connecticut 1
Maine 43
Massachusetts 93
New Hampshire 165
Rhode Island 219
Vermont 263
Acknowledgments 323
Index 325
About the Authors 350
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