New England Vacation – Day 12
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On day 12 of our vacation, we turned away from the Maine coast and started for home. We figured from Machiasport, Maine to Rochester, NY, where we would return our rental car and hop on the Amtrak, would take about 2 days of driving with a little time for a few stops along the way.
We left about 7am and by 11:30am, we had traveled 170 miles arriving in Augusta, ME, where we stopped to see the state capitol.
The Maine State House, as the capitol is known, was built in 1832.
It was a quiet day there. Besides us wandering around the 3 storey building, there were just a few other visitors. The legislature was not in session either.
The lobby floor was tiled with those old fashioned tiny tiles:
Here’s the view looking up into the dome:
Below is the House chamber:
and here’s the Senate:
Other state houses that we’ve visited have been elaborately decorated with stenciling on the walls and ceilings, and stained glass. But Maine’s state house was plain by comparison. It seemed less formal, almost homey.
Here’s the little mail room where the different offices can collect their mail:
Here’s a very low-tech way of publicizing the activities of the Governor:
And check this out! If we hadn’t already decided this was the most relaxed state house we’d ever visited, the porch on the 2nd floor clinched for us.
So we sat a spell.
Across the street from the state house, is the Governor’s Mansion – behind a white picket fence.
You can’t make this stuff up. Maine definitely marches to it’s own drummer. We love it.
But we needed to get back on the road.
Many tollbooths and 236 miles later, we arrived in Taftsville, Vermont where we stopped to see a newly restored covered bridge.
Built in 1836, it is the 3rd oldest covered bridge in Vermont. It was damaged 2 years ago in Hurricane Irene and has been closed to traffic ever since.
Recently remodeled at a cost of 2.5 million, it’s grand re-opening was scheduled for the day following our visit.
All too soon it was getting dark and was time to move on.
We drove a few miles more down the road stopping for the night in Rutland, VT. We had traveled 430 miles that day.
The following day we would need to travel a further 296 miles to reach Rochester, NY. It was fewer miles, but it would turn out to be a VERY LOOOOONG DAY….