50 states in 50 Days Day 8 Massachusetts

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In honor of me having achieved my goal of visiting all 50 US States, each day for the next 50 days, I will post a picture of somewhere I have visited in each state and write a paragraph or two about my experience. There is so much to see in every one of them, so I am just selecting one of my best memories. 

It is the “Bay State,” and the state that has “the place where everybody knows your name.” It is also the home of the Kennedys, the Pilgrims, Emily Dickenson,  Sylvia Plath, Thoreau, and Dr. Seuss. But what may be what is most important to me is it was the home of my 7th great paternal Grandparents who Immigrated to Dedham, Massachusetts from Yorkshire, England in 1633.

I’ve been to Massachusetts five times and still don’t feel like I am even close to seeing everything I want to visit. The intellectual center of the colonies and one might argue even today. Massachusetts has the highest per capita colleges graduates in the United States with over 40% of the adult population having at least a bachelors degree (and 18% with a Master’s or higher), But given the top-notch schools, it can be understandable. Harvard and M.I.T are considered among the nation’s most elite universities. The state is easily traveled through in a day, but the small size belies the sheer density of sights.

My paternal grandmother Hazel Fairbanks (Corcoran) Wyss traced her family tree all the way back to among one of the first families in Massachusetts.  His family homestead in Dedham, MA still stands today. In fact, it is the oldest surviving wood frame home in all of North America.

My (7th great) grandpa’s house.


Grandpa and Grandma’s bedroom circa 1640

Boston is also the location of several favorite television shows including “Boston Legal” and of course cheers. There is actually a “Cheers” bar in Boston. Well, sort of. There is the Bull and Finch pub which severed as the exterior location for the show. The sets on the program don’t look like the interior of the actual bar though, So don’t be shocked when you enter. There are two locations one is in Thaniel Hall near the harbor and the most famous one in Beacon Hill.

Yours truly ruining a perfectly good shot of the “Cheers” exterior by taking a selfie.


The lovely brownstone houses of Beacon Hill
Harvard University

Some of my favorite memories of Massachusetts include: spending some solitude on Thoreau’s Walden Pond, driving along Cape Cod, walking the “Freedom Trail” in Boston and visiting the Dr. Seuss Scupture Garden in Springfield.

“I came to live my life deliberately,”  Henry David Thoreau said of his time on Walden Pond.  Thoreau spent two years in solitude in a cabin on the shore of Walden Pond.
The dunes of Cape Cod. The water temperature varies wildly depending on which side of the cape you are on the south side is much warmer.
The freedom trail is a great pedestrian path that takes you around past some of colonial Boston’s historic sights. I could easily do a whole post on the many sights you can see on this trail. In fact, I will in a future post. Maybe on Independence Day.
Theodore Giesel aka Dr. Seuss awaits you at the Dr. Seuss Sculpture Garden and Museum in Springfield. The Museum includes many of the good Dr.’s drawing and personal effects.

I could go on about Massachusetts for hours, but you get the idea. It’s a definite cannot miss for anyone visiting from outside ( or inside) the US. You can get around fairly easily it’s a small state (but sometimes the traffic is very crazy) but with some patience, you will be richly rewarded with a bounty of memories.



2 Replies to “50 states in 50 Days Day 8 Massachusetts”

  1. Fun idea! I’ll have to check out your other state posts! I have been to Massachusetts but didn’t spend a lot of time there and don’t have a lot to say about it unfortunately. I’d like to go back to Boston one day. I really like New England in general. And how amazing is your great great great (etc) grandpa’s house?! That’s incredible.

    1. My grandma spent a lot of time researching her family tree. I;d love to see the other side of my family do the same. Glad your enjoying the series. I’m looking forward to writing and researching the other states to come.

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