We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
They don't build 'em like this anymore. My lousy photo does not do justice to this house, which I assume to have been the parsonage of the First Congregational Church of East Haddam, right across the street.
In the old days, the minister was given a house to use and land to farm as part of his compensation. In the real old days, he was paid via town taxes too: The Congregational Church was the established church of CT. Not that that meant all that much: Congo churches did, and still, vote on everything - including their doctrine and their choice of pastor - within their own congregation. Zero hierarchy, for better or worse. Every person was/is considered to have his own hotline to God.
The wife typically ran the farming business: it paid the bills and kept her out of the pool halls.
Update: I think our reader is right - the addition is the part on the left. The congregation must have felt prosperous at the time.
Just a guess, but based on the image I suspect it was taken with a Panasonic using the Venus Engine IV or V image processor - a TZ4 or 5 maybe? I have the TZ4 and.
The "tell" is how the Venus Engine handles images - it attempts to darken lighter areas and brighten darker areas and isn't always successful. The gamma setting becomes confused so you get washed out colors like the yellow.
Sorry - I have a "thing" for cameras and photographs and sometimes I over analyze which annoys people to no end.
I just wanted to take the opportunity to thank you for all the photos you post of New England houses and buildings.
I returned to Canada (Ottawa Valley area) a couple of years ago after living in the UK for some time. I've always been a BIG fan of New England (especially Vermont - the village of Newfane has always been a favoured stop).
Before I went over to the UK, I travelled extensively through New England and have promised myself that I've got to get off my duff and head back over the St. Lawrence to revisit old haunts.
Indeed, friends who favour Florida are often quite surprised when I tell them, "Keep your Miami. I'd rather go to Quechee Falls, thanks."
Connecticut is one state in New England that I haven't given near enough attention. Your wonderful pictures have stirred my interest in touring there.