Last month, that is to say, February (now that we’re on April’s doorstep) I shared some doors from the historic Battle Green (Commons) in Lexington, Ma. I mentioned that both Lexington and neighboring Concord lay claim to firing the first shot, winning the first battle, burying the first casualties in the Revolutionary War. I wasn’t there. I don’t know. For all I know, they both could be right. Distances that seem trivial today, were reasons to form a new town in the 1600s. Generally, if you couldn’t easily get to church from your farm, you argued/asked for permission to build a new church and form a new town.
Last week, I was back in Burlington, MA which, as you can see from the map, is not far from these two original colonial towns. Once again, I decided to scoot from my hotel at lunch and snag some historic doors. It was my first comfortable doorscursion of 2019. It was a nice day and temperatures were high enough that I wasn’t peeling my gloves off, every time I wanted to take a picture. I was also walking, so I was able to get multiple shots of some buildings.
The center of my activity is an area known as Monument Square, although the monument is in honor of the men from the region that fought in the U.S. Civil War. As you might expect, the buildings around the square have some history attached, and I think I can unearth some of it before next week. So, I’ll keep this week’s post short, confined to the doors I know. This would be the building at one end of the square, Concord’s Colonial Inn. The Colonial Inn dates back to 1716, and I have actually stayed in this hotel.
For several years, the New England Chapter of AIIM International held a meeting at the Colonial Inn in January. In 2013, I was fortunate to arrive the night before the meeting and spend a night in one of the inn’s historic rooms.
If you’re a fan of the SyFy Channel, you may remember the Colonial Inn from SyFy’s hit show Ghost Hunters which aired an hour-long episode on the Inn to explore paranormal experiences. Yes, it seems the inn is haunted. To be honest, I didn’t notice anything unusual the night I stayed there. Well, except for the key – I haven’t stayed in a hotel that used actual keys in over 20 years. The following is from the hotel’s website:
“Is Concord’s Colonial Inn haunted? Many think it is. While we can’t say for sure if ghosts inhabit the inn, many visitors do come each year seeking information about the paranormal occurrences at the property.”
Today’s visit to the historic, if not paranormal doors of New England is offered as part of Norm Frampton’s entertaining and informative weekly blogfest – Thursday Doors. Each week, Norm invites door aficionados from around the world to join him in a celebration of doors. If you want to participate, or if you just love looking at doors – who doesn’t? – head on up to Norm’s page.
By the way, I have switched back to the Classic Editor, so captions should be working.