Friday round-up posts. Another was Notes on the State of Connecticut. But I didn't think that would work as well in reality as it did in my own head. For one thing, it would look like I was trying to compare myself to Thomas Jefferson, but other than an obsession with the Lewis and Clark expedition and a remarkable capacity for self-delusion, he and I are really not alike at all.
Notes on the State of Virginia have to do with the old Free Public Library building in
But one of my favorite facts about Somers is that a guy there - not just any guy, but the founder of Friendly's - is building a house with an exterior that's an exact replica of Monticello. Really. You can drive right past it. It looks like this. It's just south of the Massachusetts line, and it's hilarious.
Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson, was born here. This fact is considered important enough for the town to include it on their blue sign. Jackson himself was born in...yes, Virginia.
Connecticut Museum Quest for the history of the building and what's in it, because a) he's funnier than I am, and b) I've never been in it. I just like to randomly drive past it sometimes. (Northern Hartford County is the best for that.)
blog post about it.