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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.

The Craftsbury Common — a handsome 2.2 acre patch of grass surrounded by pretty white buildings — may be the site of a soccer game, a farmer’s market, a concert, a Hitchcock movie, or the finishing line of cross county ski race, depending on the season. Read more about the Craftsbury Common

Photo/Art by Julia Shipley
The Craftsbury Common — a handsome 2.2 acre patch of grass surrounded by pretty white buildings — may be the site of a soccer game, a farmer’s market, a concert, a Hitchcock movie, or the finishing line of cross county ski race, depending on the season.
Read more about the Craftsbury Common

The monuments scattered about a green offer a narrative of a town’s past—like the cube of granite with the hook poking out of its top in Amherst, New Hampshire's green. Read more about Amherst, New Hampshire's town common.

Photo/Art by Alyson Horrocks
The monuments scattered about a green offer a narrative of a town’s past—like the cube of granite with the hook poking out of its top in Amherst, New Hampshire’s green.
Read more about Amherst, New Hampshire’s town common.

Perhaps the most famous green in New England, Boston Common stretches over almost fifty acres. Some of its attactions include a wading and skating pond, multiple historical monuments, ballfields, and a stately fountain. Send this photo as an e-card.

Photo/Art by Adrian Major
Perhaps the most famous green in New England, Boston Common stretches over almost fifty acres. Some of its attactions include a wading and skating pond, multiple historical monuments, ballfields, and a stately fountain.
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The lush green of the common, and the full canopy of the many mature trees, in Hancock, New Hampshire, make this one of our favorite greens. Read more about the town of Hancock, New Hampshire.

Photo/Art by D. Despres
The lush green of the common, and the full canopy of the many mature trees, in Hancock, New Hampshire, make this one of our favorite greens.
Read more about the town of Hancock, New Hampshire.

The green space the runs alongside the Mousam River in downtown Kennebunk, Maine, may be small, but the shelter offered by its bandstand makes it the perfect place for picnic lunch. Read more about Kennebunk, Maine.

The green space the runs alongside the Mousam River in downtown Kennebunk, Maine, may be small, but the shelter offered by its bandstand makes it the perfect place for picnic lunch.
Read more about Kennebunk, Maine.

Livestock would’ve grazed on the expansive, park-like Broad Street Green in Wethersfield, Connecticut, back in the day, and in 1776 the nation’s first cavalry unit assembled on this grassy area. Read more about Historic Wethersfield, Connecticut.

Photo/Art by D. Despres
Livestock would’ve grazed on the expansive, park-like Broad Street Green in Wethersfield, Connecticut, back in the day, and in 1776 the nation’s first cavalry unit assembled on this grassy area.
Read more about Historic Wethersfield, Connecticut.

In the serene village of Weston, the Village Green and the surrounding homes and buildings are untouched by time. Read more about Weston Vermont's most famous attraction — The Vermont Country Store.

Photo/Art by Heather Atwell
In the serene village of Weston, the Village Green and the surrounding homes and buildings are untouched by time.
Read more about Weston Vermont’s most famous attraction — The Vermont Country Store.

Town Green in Litchfield, Connecticut. Send this photo as an e-card.

Photo/Art by Jacek Dolata
Town Green in Litchfield, Connecticut.
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Town Common in Warren, Rhode Island. Send this photo as an e-card.

Photo/Art by Butch Lombardi
Town Common in Warren, Rhode Island.
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"The Green" in New Milford, Connecticut.

Photo/Art by Judy B. Yarochowicz
“The Green” in New Milford, Connecticut.
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Gazebo on the commons in Rochester, New Hamsphire.

Photo/Art by Jackie Normile
Gazebo on the commons in Rochester, New Hamsphire.
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18 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!
    http://newfanevt.com/

  15. V Fisher April 29, 2015 at 7:11 am #

    New Milford, of course, with it’s rich history.

  16. Roger B Snow May 7, 2015 at 3:13 pm #

    Lebanon, CT should at least get an honorable mention

  17. Richard Kramss May 7, 2015 at 9:52 pm #

    The town green of Guilford, CT is nothing less than outstanding.

  18. Natanya Bittman May 9, 2015 at 10:48 am #

    Craftsbury Common, Craftsbury VT!

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