John and I had an errand to do in Norwalk OH which is about 40 minutes away (and 40 miles away for you who live in congested areas) and I could not stop taking photos. Norwalk's Main Street is dotted with beautiful old homes built in the mid to late 1800s.
A little history is required here. In 1779, during the Revolutionary War, the British burned Norwalk CT (and Westport CT where I lived for 15 years) and in compensation gave these "fire sufferers" 1/2 million acres of land in the CT Western Reserve area of Ohio. These settlers called one of the towns Norwalk after their lost CT homeland. The area is called the "Firelands".
On the way home we drove through nearby Milan which began with the same history as Norwalk. Milan is also a lovely old village. One would never guess by driving through it today that in the 1800s it was part of the Erie Canal system and was the 2nd largest port behind Odessa Russia. That distinction lasted until the railway system took over the canal system.
Oct 24th...The Nutcracker Box
Nov 3rd...Get Your Sheet Together (Bookbinding)
Nov 17...Zentangle 2
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