Best & top Hidden visiting Places in Massachusetts, Top Family Secret Vacation spots & Destination in Massachusetts state, Most Beautiful gems Traveling Wallpapers & Popular Pictures HD resorts images for Desktop backgrounds, Massachusetts is full of well known sights to see, but it’s always good to get away from the crowds and discover something unique. These attractions are all off the beaten track and highly interesting, in locations which are not often included in a trip. Here’s why you should include something a bit different in your next trip to MA.
Located in Rockport, this house is quite literally made from paper. An engineer named Elis F. Stenman, who designed a machine which makes paperclips, began the house as a hobby. As he went on, he decided that the paper was good insulation. Once built, the house was furnished with newspaper fittings as well. It has been kept in all its glory and opened as a museum in the 1930’s. These days you can explore the house for yourself and read about its creator for the low price of just $1.50. It has, of course, been revarnished a few times, and a porch has been added, but other than these minor changes it remains standing as it was built in 1922. Even the piano is covered with newspaper! This house is not a well known attraction, but it is an interesting one and definitely needs to be seen to be believed.
Also known as Old Man of Joshua’s Mountain, this granite rock formation holds the image of a man’s profile. A popular attraction in the 1920’s, being the focus of a range of postcards, apparently the ‘face’ of the rock only formed due to a dynamite explosion sometime in the 1800’s. Legend and myth shrouds the mysterious rock face, however normal its beginnings may be. Native Americans tribes believed that the face was their leader Sachem. The rock has been subject to graffiti from vandals in more recent years, but the shape of the rock is no less prominent and the face can still be seen. The rock is worth looking at and you can get the inside word from the locals on its formation and the stories around it.
Salada Tea Doors
The days of the tea trade in the USA ended with a bang in Boston, but that does not mean that they can’t be depicted artfully. On the huge bronze doors of the old Salada Tea Company building is a frieze of sorts, designed by American artist Henry Wilson and depicting the history of the Ceylon tea trade up until the point where Salada entered the market. The doors are so huge that they weigh over two tons, standing at an imposing 12 feet tall. Just seeing the building is impressive, and these incredible doors are a sight to behold. Located in Back Bay, Boston, the entire area is great to visit, with the rows of Victorian brownstone houses another interesting historical sight.
Burnt Hill Stone Circle
Heath, Franklin County is a tiny New England town with not a lot going on. Just outside of the town is Burnt Hill, atop which sits a mysteriously crumbling, Stonehenge-esque circle of stones. 21 of the large stones are assembled in formation on the north side of the hill top, surrounded by field upon field of wild blueberries. It’s possible they were arranged by Native Americans to track the planets, or even simply by a farmer trying to mark his fields. Many of the rocks are hundreds of years older than researchers investigating the phenomena first assumed, which only adds to their mystery. No matter where you think they come from, the stones will certain spark your imagination, as they (reputedly) have for H.P. Lovecraft in his novel ‘The Dunwich Horror’. This tale begins with musings about “great rings of rough-hewn stone columns on the hilltops” and eventually attributes them to the Indians.
This now tiny island was not always as it is today. Initially it was a pasture, and later began a place where convicted pirates were hanged. As the story goes, it was cursed by a pirate who was hanged there. Although convicted, he insisted upon his innocence until his execution. Just before he died, he claimed that the islands would be washed away as proof of his innocence and by the late 1800’s, the cliffs which once surrounded the island were gone. Other stories claim that the captain murdered his first mate and buried him on the island, and we’ll probably never know which is true, if either. Whether either of the stories are true or not, the view out to Nix’s Mate from Boston Harbour is lovely, plus you get to soak up some the atmosphere of this historical American site.
Witch Dungeon Museum
Visit Salem, Massachusetts and you will see all manner of places related to the infamous 1692 witch trials. The Witch Dungeon Museum is one of the more interesting of these places, with a unique experience. The museum puts on re-enactments of scenes from the lives of convicted witches who lived in the dungeon for months. It’s an interesting take on history and one that is especially immersive, with some great acting making you feel as though you’re really back in 1692. To get away from simply reading about the witch trials, it’s definitely worth a visit – but be warned, it can be a little spooky. The best time to visit is of course, Halloween, where you can really get into the mood they portray with their interactive exhibitions.
ohnny Appleseed’s Birthplace
Leominster, Massachusetts may not have a lot of attractions, but they’re certainly proud of their piece of American history. Johnny Appleseed was born here (as John Chapman), and they are shouting it from the rooftops. The town contains the Johnny Appleseed Elementary School, Johnny Appleseed Visitors’ Center and the Johnny Appleseed Arts and Culture Festival as well as many more establishments named after their eminent local. Along a lane – Johnny Appleseed Lane, to be exact – lies a stone marker which looks oddly like a gravestone. This stone marker is next to a tiny log cabin, representing the cabin he was born in. The man who walked around America planting orchards will no longer seem like such a myth when you see the place he was born. Possibly America’s first ever environmentalist, the interesting heritage of Johnny Appleseed began here.
Museum Of Modern Renaissance
This spectacular building was once a Masonic Temple, but was converted into an art museum by two Russian artists in the early 2000’s. Ekaterina Sorokina and Nicholas Shaplyko, the creators of this masterpiece, refer to it as a ‘Temple of Modern Art’. The building’s façade was modelled on an Incan ruin, while the interior of the building has a stained glass effect and is more reminiscent of the Sistine Chapel. The entire aesthetic effect the building brings is intense and surreal, with a style the artists have coined ‘Mystical Realism’. The interior is not freely accessible to the public, but tours can be arranged by appointment. If you can make a booking, you will be party to a once-in-a-lifetime experience of art and color. This showcase of intensive creativity and vibrancy is a well-kept secret and a breathtaking sight to see.
Aside from being a picturesque place of natural beauty, what attracts visitors to this lake is the name. Many disputes have been had about it, and it seems that not even the local authorities can spell it correctly, with several misspellings on road signs. It is cited as being one of the longest place names in the world, with a total of 46 characters. The Native American origins of the name are also disputed, but most agree that the name is an amalgam of two previous names. The first name, Chaubanagogum, means “fishing place at the boundary” as the lake was a meeting place for several different tribes. Later, the name changed to Chargoggaggoggmanchoggagogg, translating to “Englishmen at Manchaug” in reference to a mill that English settlers opened up. With both names in use, the way to resolve the problem was to combine them, and this name still stands. Hiking trails are available around the lake, and boating is popular, making it a pleasant place to visit for a holiday.