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@ElizaBTweetin: Aug. 13, 1872: Vacation!

Posted on August 13, 2013

Eliza B. Wheaton's diary, 13-18 August 1872

Eliza B. Wheaton's diary, 13-18 August 1872

How many of us have spent hours planning for vacation, but left home without any fixed plans or reservations?  Over the last few days, we’ve watched Eliza Wheaton copy important documents, carry them to her new safe deposit box in Boston, visit family and friends in Uxbridge, and purchase necessary items in Boston and Providence.  But despite all this preparation, hot weather foiled her plans to visit Quebec, and the crowds kept her from the cooler air of Conway and the New Hampshire mountains. Mrs. Wheaton and her friends had to settle for the crowded beaches of New Hampshire and Maine.

Farragut House in 1880

Farragut House in 1880

Together with Mrs. Beane and her daughter Florence, and her niece Mary Chapin, Eliza took the Easton rail line to Boston, and thence to North Hampton, N.H., where they piled into a stagecoach for the last 4.5 miles (about an hour’s journey) to Farragut House.  This odd-looking hotel was surrounded by a two-storey veranda, and together with an annex and cottages, could accommodate 250-300 visitors. The hotel, built by J.C. Philbrick in 1846, and run by his widow and son Frank by 1872, burned in 1882. Rebuilt in 1883, it closed in 1974 and was demolished in 1975.

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