Thursday Doors – Georgetown MA

Front door of the library

Earlier this week, I was staying in Burlington, Massachusetts. On my way to Burlington, my GPS stopped working. Normally, this wouldn’t be a problem, I’ve been to Burlington often enough that I don’t really need directions. However, the day after I arrived in Burlington, I had to drive to a specific address in Georgetown, MA. I needed my GPS for that. I decided to use my phone.

I checked with my daughter to see which map-app she liked best. She pointed me in the right direction and I decided to test the app in my hotel room. I entered my destination address, I pushed start – virtual whir whir whir – I got my first voice command and an estimated time of arrival 57 minutes later.

That’s what I needed.

I don’t like to be late. I wanted the time estimate so I knew when to leave. Early the next morning, I went to my car, plugged in my phone, pressed all the right keys, got my first voice command and off I went. When I received the third or fourth voice command, I looked at the screen. I had been on the road for about 10 minutes and the map-app was telling me I had 13 minutes left. When I check the directions the day before, it was during the afternoon rush hour. The morning rush goes the other way.

The nice thing about arriving more than 30 minutes early for a meeting in a quaint little New England town is that there are doors to photograph. I followed a sign to Town Hall, because a town hall in New England means a high likelihood of old. Lucky me, across the street from Town Hall is an old house and kitty-corner to them both is the Congregational Church every New England town has. On my way back, I found a parking spot. I walked around a little, snagging a few more doors. A little farther up the road, I stumbled upon a one-room schoolhouse that has been restored. Sitting next to the school is a museum.

I didn’t have time to do much research. The little I found is included in the captions. You can click on any photo to start a slideshow that includes the full captions.

In case you don’t know, this post, like every other Thursday post on this blog, is part of Norm Frampton’s wonderfully addictive Thursday Doors weekly blogfest. If you want to participate, or if you just want to see some beautiful doors, leave a little early and set your map-app for Norm’s place. Find a parking place, and poke around Norm’s page to see his doors. Then, click on the blue frog to sign in and add your door or find everybody else’s doors.

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    1. Ha! Well, I can’t be held responsible for incorrect and non-Queen’s English spelling error by others. If I get back up there, I’ll let them know. You had me worried. I thought the editor had missed them 😏

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  1. I love the little old schoolhouse. Every year for Summer vacation we went to Gassville Ark to visit my grandfather’s place. My Mom spent a few years growing up there and often considered them the best of her life. The little one room schoolhouse was still there back then but used more as a Summer community center although there were few children left in the area. The nice lady who ran the place allowed us to go through the books and we actually found one that had my mother’s name in the back as having used it! I had it for years until one of my sisters (who has sticky fingers) decided it was better off in her hands than mine. 😡

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    1. It’s fun to find those bits from our family’s past. Sticky fingered sister? Ugh. I think there might be one or two buildings left in the collection of schools my parents attended. I might have to look for them when I get back to Pittsburgh.

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      1. You should do that Dan. Yeah. The same sister decided she should be the keeper of many treasured family photos also. She is notorious for up and moving out of wherever she is living at a moment’s notice, yet she should be the keeper of heirloom memories…..ugh indeed.

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      1. Won’t be long until I head to the mountains of Wyoming and am offline almost all the time. Yes, it’s summer. :-) I’m always good with just looking at doors if it comes to that. I often don’t have any history to go with mine, but so it goes.

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  2. I’m always a tad bit jealous that you live in a part of the country where there are so many old and lovely buildings and doors. Georgetown is no exception. My favorites are the white church doors and the door to the vintage shop…because I’d really love to go in there and shop.

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    1. Thanks Mary. I just replied to Janet saying how I’d like to go back to that shop! Great minds think alike :)

      I guess I have to get off the highway a bit more often and poke around some of these small towns, when I’m up there.

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  3. Good to meet a fellow door enthusiast :) My favourites are in Dublin, Ireland – the Georgian architecture there is beautiful and the city’s full of gorgeous doorways.

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  4. What a wonderful way to sip my coffee, Dan. Loved this gallery as I door gazed. Curious minds would like to know what map app you used. I’ve been biking quite a lot and have actually gotten lost as I followed my “hunch” as to what direction to point into. Come to think of it I should start photographing what I see when I do get lost. Hmmmmm ….. Have a great day today! 😘

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    1. I was using Google Maps, Amy. I don’t like it much, but others do, so I wouldn’t pay much attention to me. I love to explore, and this was such a pretty little town. Thanks for stopping by :)

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      1. Thank you, Dan. I’m not much into maps but prefer to use my sense of direction. Only when I’m really unable to figure out things I’ll use a map. Remember the accordion type maps we used when driving long distances? I loved those things! Trip tics. They also came in spiral notebook form. Now we have computers telling us how to get somewhere.

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        1. I did like paper maps. My wife would still choose them over digital ones. The problem with Massachusetts is the way the “new” roads were build over the horse paths. Easy to get lost up there.

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  5. These photos are wonderful, Dan. I am kind of shocked at vinyl siding on the church. I would have thought there might be some historical board that would say, “no can do.” I do love the old churches, though.

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    1. Thanks Lois. I was a member of a church where we decided to do vinyl siding, although they used an architectural style to mimic the details. It was a hard decision, but compared to painting every 6-7 years, the savings was huge.

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  6. I’m fascinated by the windows on the library – but more than that, the door on the upper balcony with its windows on either side. Seems a very grand door to open out on a not-very-deep balcony, don’t you think? Is this typical of that type of building?

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    1. I’m glad you liked that entrance to the library. I had the same thoughts. I really haven’t seen too many buildings like that. I don’t know if they were trying to mimic a historic building, or fit in in the neighborhood, or if they just wanted a balcony (I can’t imagine it’s ever used).

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  7. I don’t like to be late either, Dan. Although the past year, I seem to have gotten over my obsession with being on time. (Not a good thing.) The First Congregational Church is my favorite. How picturesque. Have a thriving Thursday!

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  8. You’re right, that’s a swell place to arrive early! Love the church, what a pretty building — doors and windows and design. Also, the library’s back windows — Niiiiice :)

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  9. What you go through to see all these doors, an app?? (just kidding, I know it was for work).Wow, 1732 town hall – I’ll have to check where Holland was at during that time:) Quaint houses and doors – you did well!
    Thank you for the comment about the history of wood in the buildings – learned something new again:)

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  10. Ok, this was such a fantastic collection of unique doors! Dan, you have really “brought it!”
    I liked the Vintage Vault so much! I want to go inside and look at all the really “cute” stuff (knick knacks) and clothes. 🌹
    The white, stunning 1732 Congregational Church of Georgetown was my favorite building with the Georgetown Public Library following closely behind. Brick with white outlined windows with such unique criss cross es caught my attention. Beautiful town and if this is where Georgetown University is located, my niece Katherine knows this place well. 😊

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    1. Tanks Robin. I wanted to go inside the Vintage Vault, but it wasn’t open yet. No univerity here, that’s the Georgetown near Washington, DC. I suppose they’re all named after the king we were trying to get out from under. The church is beautiful.

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      1. I could have looked it up, but I really appreciate your saving me the trouble. Thank you, Dan. :)
        Good point about why (or why not) we use Georgetown as a name, other variations, too. It made me laugh. :D

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  11. That town hall is beautiful! You’ll have to go back and get more pictures. More, more, more! Although you already got a great collection. Quite a variety, and a bit of history, too. I love it that the Revolutionary War cannon has a name.

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  12. Oh, you made me homesick! My family used to go to Georgetown very regularly when we lived in Mass. In fact, we still have a couple of antiques bought in this town. Perfect for a door series. As is all of New England by the way.

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    1. I hope it was homesick in a good kind of way. Otherwise, I’m sorry. I need to plan a return visit, maybe the next time I’m in Burlington. I would love to explore Vintage Vault and some of the other shops. You’re right about all of New England being ripe for door picking.

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  13. In a smaller New England town you gotta know the library, town hall, and church will all deliver lovely doors to capture.
    And I’m so glad you’ve found an activity to keep yourself out of trouble when you arrive somewhere early Dan ;-)

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    1. This is when I really appreciate Thursday Doors, Norm. I’d wander around anyway, but this series gives me a great opportunity to share some otherwise unrelated photos. I guess, if I’m ever in a pinch to get a doors post, I can exit the highway and drive a few miles to the nearest town.

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  14. Wow – you can squeeze in a lot of touring in a 30 minute time frame! These are great finds, but the Vintage Vault would get my vote. Not only does it look like an interesting little shop, but the entrance is very inviting.

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