My wife and I went to Bath, England and attended an evening tour called The Bizarre. It was a lighthearted view of some of the peculiar things that an ancient town like this has. Of course, this is the town with a partially restored Roman Bath in the center of the City and a church where William the Conqueror was crowned King of England.
All sorts of things were pointed out that probably hundreds and even thousands of tourists have passed by without even noticing.
Yesterday, Bonnie Sontag had a slide presentation at the opening ceremonies for the Preservation Week.
I won’t spoil you with a repeat since I understand it will be on video. (PortMedia was there.)
One amazing thing was her pointing out the old photographs of the colonial lampposts of this old City. And then a photo was shown of a modern one.
I had always assumed these municipal lights were picked up at the standard Historical Town Store and some local government planner said, “You know, these would look nice in Newburyport.”
How wrong was I!
I always knew the combination of brick, granite and lampposts were the magical formula for our City that translated into Heritage Tourism and increased equity and property values;
NOW I KNOW THAT THEY ARE FIRMLY ROUTED IN HISTORY.