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Town Greens | New England Icons

Town Greens | New England Icons
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by in May 2014

Town greens established in the 18th century, or village greens as they’re more commonly known today, were thought to have been used for militia training, the grazing of livestock, and, at times, public punishment. Cast your vote for the prettiest town green in New England in the comment section below! And if you have a photo of your favorite town green that you’d like to share with us, submit it to our photo gallery.



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14 Responses to Town Greens | New England Icons

  1. Judy Anderson Castellano May 5, 2014 at 11:14 pm #

    The Guilford Town Green is the pride of the town and has been there since the 1600’s, for grazing farm animals, as a cemetary, and then community events and daily relaxation ! The Town Green Committee and Parks and Recreation work diligently to preserve and sustain its beauty, health, and public use.

  2. Andrienne Clark May 6, 2014 at 4:06 pm #

    Craftsbury Common in Craftsbury, VT.

  3. Stan May 6, 2014 at 8:59 pm #

    Go Guilford, CT!

  4. Mary May 7, 2014 at 8:23 am #

    Check out Chelsea VT – they have two commons!

  5. Judy Morley May 7, 2014 at 12:01 pm #

    I lived in Natick, MA while my children were growing up and the concerts on the Town Coimmon were always a high light of every summer. Just bring yourself and your lawn chair and sit down and enjoy the concert while you catch up with lots of people in town you may not see all the time. It may not be the largest common, but the music and social opportunities were great!!

  6. Randee May 7, 2014 at 3:12 pm #

    Craftsbury Common, Craftsbury, VT. Looking for that “just right for me” small New England town to relocate to from Florida! Thanks for all this lovely information!

  7. Ann Hunt May 7, 2014 at 4:00 pm #

    Living so far away now, I loved all the pictures to remind me of my beloved New England, but I must submit the Washington, NH green and the Rye, NH green. You might guess that I am from NH.

  8. Elinor Cameron May 7, 2014 at 7:59 pm #

    Bradford Common on Rt.125 in the Bradford section of Haverhill is a quintessential New England common, flanked by a white Congregational Church and first era houses. It is truly beautiful.

  9. Cheryl G May 7, 2014 at 11:00 pm #

    My choices are, of course, in the area where I grew up…Haverhill Common (Haverhill,NH); Orford common, where the band I was in played every Old Home Day — I loved seeing all the neat white houses around its perimeter as we rounded the corner into town. And, across the Connecticut River, Newbury (VT) common…and its annual Cracker Barrel Bazaar. Lyme’s (NH) common is small, but I’ll always remember it & the elderly gentleman who recited the Gettysburg Address there every Memorial Day (or was it July 4th?).

  10. Patti M. May 18, 2014 at 4:49 pm #

    Amherst, NH town center is charming!

  11. Alyssa B. May 31, 2014 at 11:16 am #

    Since I live a stone’s throw away from it, I have to cast my vote for the green in Lebanon, NH.

  12. Ben Leclerc June 3, 2014 at 1:51 pm #

    My vote is for Craftsbury Common in northern Vermont ,said to be the most photographed town common in New England,spectacular in the Fall,continually used as it was in the 18th century.Antique and Uniques in July,Old Home Days,graduations,farmer’s markets,Sunday evening concerts in the Summer,etc,etc quintessential!!

  13. Robert Cooley July 7, 2014 at 4:24 am #

    Middlebury, VT – The green is unusual in at least 3 ways: it’s triangular, it’s on a hillside, and what other green has an active railroad running through it, albeit well below grade? And across the street sits the Congregational Church with my vote for the most beautiful steeple in all of New England, having 5 distinct tiers! Throw in Middlebury College and the occasional passenger train trip to Burlington on Vermont Rail System (former Rutland Railroad main line), and what more could anyone want?

  14. LNC February 24, 2015 at 11:55 am #

    Where is Newfane, Vermont? It boasts being one of the most photographed greens in New England!

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