According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 35.5 square miles , of which 12.6 sq mi is land and 22.9 sq mi of it is water, comprising 64.45% of the town. The town is located on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean and includes four of the nine islands known as the Isles of Shoals, which lie approximately 10 miles out from the mainland. The highest point in Rye is the summit of Breakfast Hill, at 151 feet (46 m) above sea level, on the town's border with Greenland
"Washington "..to drive thru the "middle" of Rye proper
..on the landing above the living room and entry..
turning south, we head toward the beach..
There are many "mansions" close to the ocean.
Oops, we end up in the middle
So we turn west, toward U.S.1...
(I called them tidal pools..Michael taught me a new word)
they are on both sides of the road ..
to our left all the way back to the ocean...
at high tide they will be full
durring low tide..you can see the muck...
and there is always a pungent..
On our left just north of Seabrook we come to
Linda's ,on a previous visit Linda's
recieved 2 thumbs up...
They have grits!
hint:the grits are not on the menu...
you just have to ask..
I was told that ...
"Yes,we do have grits..
I am sure not as good as you
are use too.."
(Why...I wasn't even using my Best
"Savannah" Southern drawl!)
"Do you want them in milk ?"
After Brunch we continued south...
within moments you cross over into
We have decided today, we will run down
Salem , Mass. just northeast of Boston
was founded in 1626,
(3 years after Rye & Portsmouth)
Salem, was a thriving port in Maritime trade.
this little house tickled me
The founder of Salem...
Armory..(now visitors center)
our nations first "national guard"
The prison (now closed) famed for housing
the "Boston Strangler"
After many years of using Salem for a port..
ships became to large and heavy for
the 11-12 foot tides...
The home of a Sea Captain and trader ,
our first millionaire ..
After the tour Michael & I walked back to
the oldest cemetery in town
"Old Burying Point Cemetery"
Where Judge John Hathorne
the judge that resided over the
"Witch Trials" is burried...
along with many of his decendents..
note: his great -great (many times great) grandson
was so extremely embarassed by his ancestors behavior he changed
the spelling of his last name ..to Nathaniel Hawthorne
(1804-1864) author of "Scarlet Letter"& "The House of Seven Gables"
which is in Salem.
One of the gravesites belongs to one of the passengers
of the "Mayflower"
these are the toumbstones I have pictures of...
The judge gets to share his final resting grounds with the 20
people he found guilty of witchcraft...
these accused innocents ,19 of which were hung..and one old man
crushed to death by placement of large rocks on his chest.
Many others died in the dungon prison awaiting their fate..
I watched a documentary a few years back on the "History"channel...
scientest have come to believe that Ergot (?) growing on the grain
harvested and used in baking ,
was the cause of the hallusiations & other side effects they were having ,
leading to the accusations of witchcraft...
They have built a memorial at the cemetery
for the 20 executed accused
20 granite benches protrude from a U shaped
granite wall , having a name and the dates
for each of the 20 victims
of the trials.
As we turn to leave the memorial at the cemetery
We will say "good-bye" to Old Salem
from here for today and head
back to the "shire"
We only stayed a few hours but, it was enough
to dip our toes into the history of
Salem , Mass..
We will be back and visit
other slices of their time gone by again .
In order to get into or out of Salem
you must cross a bridge..
Before the "American Revolution"
a British officer of the Crown
was going to come across with his men
in tow...to find our muntions that were
"stored" in Salem...
however, the hotheaded gentlemen of the
towne said "NO" if he tried to come across
there would be all kinds of bloodshed!!
So after days of back and forth at the bridge
the Brits turned and left...
This is known as
Just on the other side of the bridge
we saw this resturant.
a drawbridge in Newbury, Mass.
It is dark when we arrive back in Rye...
Chloe and her kittens are ready for
Tomorrow is Monday and the week end
will be gone...I will look forward to the next...
but, tomorrow is wash day and I think I will try out a
new recipie for a carrott cake..
After posting this entry...looking at it..it's haywire with
the lines so far apart and the centered lines all the way over to the left at times
for all these messes I appolagize and will continue to try and learn
how to post a "neat" blog..until next time..
Stay warm & dry...