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The author's introduction explains the rationale for The Visitor's Guide to the Weeks Brick House & Gardens: While the grounds and trails are open to the public from dawn to dusk, the 1710 brick house is occupied by a residential tenant and is not a museum open for visitation. Thus the need for a quiet and peaceful self-guided tour.

About the Author

R.W. Bacon is a museum and history professional with specialties in 17th- and 18th-century architecture and domestic life --- and early 20th-century vaudeville and circus. He serves on the board of directors of several history and preservation organizations, including on the board of the Weeks Brick House & Gardens.

The author is a descendant of the original Weeks farmstead family via a line of northern Vermont mountain folk --- farmers, quarrymen, and loggers --- descended from Charles Edson Weeks (1831-1900, "father of 10, grandfather of 45"), who trekked from northern N.H. to Woodbury, Vt. in 1855.

R.W. Bacon is the author of eight non-fiction books. He and his wife live in Newburyport, Mass., a small city north of Boston where the Merrimack River meets the Atlantic Ocean.

The Visitor's Guide
to the Weeks Brick House & Gardens

A National Register
of Historic Places Property
in Greenland, N.H., USA

A guide to the 1710 house,
gardens, public hiking trails,
and 300-year history
of the Weeks family farmstead

by Reginald W. Bacon
(Newburyport, Mass.:
Variety Arts Press, 2015)
60 pages; paperback,
with self-guided tour, photos,
maps, time line, & bibliography
ISBN: 978-0-9817945-9-4
LOC: 2015914615

The Visitor's Guide to the Weeks Brick House & Gardens in Greenland, N.H. includes local history context, family history context, farmstead history (1656-1968), photos, garden plot plans, trail maps, and a self-guided exterior architectural tour. The 1710 brick house, among the earliest brick homes in New England, has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1975, when preservation efforts to save the farmstead prevailed over plans for a suburban subdivision. Since that time, the non-profit descendants organization that rescued the house has re-created a Colonial-era herb garden, conveyed a conservation easement to the town of Greenland and state of New Hampshire to preserve over 30 acres of the farmstead as permanent conservation land, and laid out woodland walking trails for public recreational use. This book will appeal to enthusiasts of Colonial-era architecture, local history, early American gardens, and contemporary open space preservation. And of course the book is essential for Weeks family descendants looking to explore the farmstead and walk in the footsteps of ancestors.

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