Cos Cob, Connecticut

Cos Cob, CT

Fall 2015 New England Road Trip: After a day in Philadelphia, we spent the night in Edison, NJ before driving straight through New York City. We exited the interstate in New Rochelle (adorable fyi) where we got on historic Rt. 1, which we followed all the way up the coast to Maine over the next five or six days.

Bush-Holley Historic House

These pictures are from the town of Cos Cob, Connecticut. We were driving through, and decided on a whim to see what was around (via the TripAdvisor app). We happened upon the fantastic Bush-Holley House Museum. Originally built ca. 1730, it was home of the first art colony in Connecticut, where American Impressionists including John Henry Twachtman (1853-1902), J. Alden Weir (1852-1919), Theodore Robinson (1852-1896), Childe Hassam (1859-1935) and Elmer MacRae (1875-1953) gathered to paint and share ideas. We didn’t want to wait around for the scheduled tour starting in an hour, so the awesome young docent gave us a private tour. Half the house is interpreted to the first owners; I learned so much about slavery in the North that I didn’t know before (always refreshing when this is candidly addressed). The other half is interpreted to the time of the above-mentioned impressionists, with some tidbits on a scandalous muse-artist affair and lots of actual artwork to spice things up. We took a little stroll around the surround blocks to see the beautiful cottages and cute yard.

 

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[35mm shot with my Canon EOS Rebel 2000. Click here to see all the posts from this New England road trip.]

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