Pelham, New Hampshire, September 20-21, 2013
21.09.2013 74 °F
Yesterday we drove from Bar Harbor, Maine to Pelham, New Hampshire, about 265 miles. It turned out to be an easier trip than we expected with the added pleasure of shopping in Kittery, Maine on the way. We have some Disney friends that live in Pelham and they invited us to camp at their house for a few days. We took them up on the invitation and here we are. Bill and Carol also live in Citrus Ridge where we live in Florida and are so very nice. We arrived yesterday afternoon and got all set up. They live on a private road in a beautiful house on a pond. Bill gave us a tour and we relaxed on their deck and watched one of their loons float by.
Bill has a seasonal job in Lowell, Massachusetts being captain of a tour boat at the Lowell National Historical Park. It is a park we had not heard of until Bill told us about it, so we followed him to work today to see what it was all about. Once there, we learned that Lowell was built as a factory city to take advantage of the power of the Merrimack River. The land was purchased and canals were built to skirt the 32 foot plunge the river takes. Textile mills sprang up all along the canals and women were brought in to work them. The city grew by leaps and bounds for many years, along with an immigrant population that also came to work.
Our tour today consisted of a trolley ride to our boat, where Captain Bill took us along a few of the canals and through one of the locks while our guide, Jen, told us all about the textile industry in Lowell. We took another trolley ride to the Boott Cotton Mill Museum in one of the original mills and watched cotton fabric being produced. Unfortunately, we did not have enough time to see and read everything, but we did enjoy what we learned.
Next we drove up to Londonderry, NH to meet my brother, Jim, and Diana for lunch. We hadn't seen them in a year so we spent a couple hours catching up. It was a very nice visit and we were glad to be able to get together.
The weather both days was perfect again, mid 70s and sunny.