My blog has been changed to make it more appealing for those who have New England ancestors and want to see the area through photos. Things I’ll include are typical white New England churches, libraries showing their genealogical collection, historical societies, cemeteries, war memorials, in general, anything to do with history.

For four years I’ve blogged mostly about my personal genealogy in New England (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire), New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, and the Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada. I still will, can’t forget my own roots.

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Friday, December 8, 2017

Christmas on Main St. with Norman Rockwell in Stockbridge, MA

"Home for Christmas" by Norman Rockwell, December 1967
I took this photo, of the original painting.
On December 3, 2017, we went to the "28th Anniversary Recreation of Main Street at Christmas". I am quite certain the afternoon would have almost looked like the painting if it had snowed. The street was cleared of all cars, except for the many antique cars lining both sides of the street. Decorations were up, and the streets were packed with people walking, and horse drawn wagon rides. There were carolers, a food booth, and everybody passed through the Red Lion Inn, either to eat or browse. I am not a car lover, but I did take quite a few photos of them, including 3 of my husband, since he looked at every one! It wasn't dark enough to take night shots, unfortunately. Although the weather looked frightful, it was cool, no wind nor rain.

Front and back of the green truck.

I'm not sure why there were no room lights on, but perhaps because the original painting was done in winter, and the Inn was closed. Now, it is open year round.

The above photo was taken from the Inn porch, and the three below were inside the Inn.

Gift Shop

Cars began departing around 2:00.

Photo of the button above, cost $5.00 and gets you on to Main Street. The picture was done by Norman Rockwell for a Saturday Evening Post magazine, dated December 23,1944, cost .10. If I had known at the time, I would have looked for the original magazine cover, when we went to the Norman Rockwell museum.