Today was Monday. We ate breakfast at the condo, then headed up to Saint Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish.
Cute pharmacy on the way in Newport:
Here is why I love New England: The proper use of the apostrophe.
In Cornish, we saw the longest covered bridge in America. It goes over the Connecticut River between NH and Vermont.
Shortly after seeing the bridge, we reached Saint Gauden. Saint Gauden is the former home of the American sculptor, Augustus Saint-Gauden. He sculpted in the late 1800s-early 1900s. His claims to fame include the $20 US Coin (best known as the Double Eagle) as well as major sculptures that have been displayed in many large cities around the country.
Since this is a National Historic site, the kids were able to work on Junior Ranger patches. They got their books at the rangers’ desk and we headed into the garden.
We saw many incredible pieces. Here is one of his first major commissions, a statue of David Farragut:
Unveiled in Madison Square Park in 1881, the monument honors Civil War hero and first U.S. Navy admiral David Glasgow Farragut, to whom the famous quote, “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!” has been attributed. A bronze replica cast of the Farragut Monument was installed at the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in 1994.
View of the house from the Perennial Garden:
Kids getting some hints from a ranger as they worked on their books:
Here we are heading down the Ravine Trail:
After finishing our trek through the grounds and getting the kids’ Junior Ranger patches, we headed back to the condo. L and I stopped at a little farm market, and then the grocery store and picked up some more fruit and food for breakfast.
We all met back at the condo and got ready for dinner. We grilled some chicken and made a big salad and fruit bowl. Later, the kids played tennis and L and I went for a walk. Then we all enjoyed some ice cream at Sanctuary Dairy Farm.