Cape Cod Braided Rug Company

How Shoe Laces Inspired Cape Cod Braided Rug Company

Cape Cod Braided Rug Company

 

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In 1910, Romeo Paulus was employed by a shoelace manufacturing company in Plainville, Massachusetts. He realized the same braiding process used in the production of shoelaces, could be applied to braided rug production.

Romeo modified the machinery used in shoelace production, producing the first machine-made braided rugs in the United States and started the Plainville Rug Company.

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Over the years, the company grew producing many different lines of braided rugs with distribution through the United States. The Paulus family moved to Cape Cod and the Cape Cod Braided Rug Company was founded in the early 1970’s. Over the years the company has grown, but the family tradition of handcrafted excellence, quality and the process used to produce braided rugs has not changed dramatically since that first braided rug produced by Romeo Paulus in 1910.

Today, tours are available at their Harwich manufacturing facility. These rugs are made of 100 percent wool…a natural “green” fiber and are unique one of a kind rugs available in custom colors and sizes up to 16 feet.

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Vermont Sleigh Rides

A Romantic Adventure…Not Just For Romance Vermont Sleigh Rides

Winter’s Classic Romantic Adventure Is Not Just For Romance!

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Whether it’s a romantic ride with that one special someone or the whole family and friends Vermont Sleigh Rides is the place to go!

Vermont Sleigh Rides at Stowehof Inn features beautiful Belgian and Percheron horses and three different sleighs to chose from – the romantic couples sleigh, the family sleigh and the group sleigh that seats up 12 of your friends and family members.

The sleigh trails on the grounds of the Stowehof Inn are the best in the area, featuring fields, wooded areas, and magnificent views of Mount Mansfield. Enjoy the warm fire in the Inn before and/or after your ride, visit the Coslin’s Pub, downstairs for a cocktail, or take advantage of the dinner at Emily’s Fine Dining. Dinner and sleigh ride packages are available.

Sleighs feature lanterns for night rides and warm blankets for your snuggling comfort.

These private rides will cross fields with awe-inspiring views, delve into a pine forest, and cross a lighted-bridge behind the elegant Stowehof Inn.

Nothing says “Vermont” better than a sleigh ride at Stowehof.

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Vermont Country Store

Christmas Card List Turns Into Great Idea!

The Vermont Country Store The Vermont Country Store

In 1945, Vrest and Ellen Orton printed their first catalog. It was just 12 pages and 36 products, but they mailed it to the folks on their Christmas card list! The rest as they say is history!

Founders Vrest and Ellen  Orton  built a business as purveyors of the practical and hard to fin. Vrest was a frugal Yankee at heart and insisted that the merchandise be durable and above all practical. His wife Ellen, who grew up on the Wilcox dairy farm in nearby Manchester, Vermont made certain the new business was as practical as the products it sold. Decades latter….the Orton family still holds this value.

To compliment the catalog mail order business Vrest and Ellen Orton opened The Vermont Country Store in Weston which was inspired by childhood memories of Vrest’s fathers’ General Store in North Calais Vermont that opened in 1897. The Weston shop was the first restored rural general store in the north!

“I can still remember my father’s store, where most of the men came in the evenings to wait for the horse drawn stage that brought the mail from Montpelier thirteen miles away” Vrest recalls. “The store was warm and cozy. It smelled of harness, coffee, smoky kerosene lamps, tobacco and pine wood burning in the big stove”.

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Today, the Vermont Country store is owned by Lyman Orton and sons Cabot, Gardner and Eliot, 7th and 8th generation Vermonters and 4th and 5th generation storekeepers. They still adhere to the old fashioned values set forth by Vrest and take pride in being the purveyors of the practical and hard to find. The Vermont Country Store serves a global economy and searches throughout the nation an abroad to fine goods that fill the needs of American and international customers.

They are known for Apparel, Home Goods, Food and Candy and more! They also have a second location in Rockingham, Vermont.

 

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Winter Horseback Trail Riding, Sleigh Rides & Skiing…This is PARADISE

Vermont is the GO-TO Winter Wonderland Experience! 
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With numerous ski resorts, unique country roads and magnificent views! Here are a couple of options to think about.

   The Highlands at The Mountain Top Inn & Resort

The Mountain Top Inn and Resort is just 11  miles from Killington and Rutland. It is Vermont’s classic four star resort located in central Vermont.  Set on 350 acres of majestic views including a sweeping view of Green Mountain National Forest.

Known for destination weddings, the resorts rustic elegant barn, lake and the above mentioned Green Mountains as a backdrop. Vacation Rentals include trail-side cottages with all amenities. Take YOGA  classes in the barn, Sip delicious wines and dine in their restaurant.

Mountain Top Nordic Ski and Snowshoe center is one of the first community cross country ski touring centers in the east! Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides are available Wednesday – Sunday between 9am – 5pm. Private rides are also available. 

Stowe Mountain Lodge

  Stowe Mountain Lodge is Vermont’s destination resort!

Winter Horseback Riding, Sleigh Rides and skiing…This is Winter Paradise! Enjoy Winter Horseback riding trails with breathtaking views of Mount Mansfield while crossing Black Creek to water your horse! This 1 hour winter horseback riding trail is a great relaxing outdoor activity! STOWE MOUNTAIN LODGE is home to the finest Dining and voted “BEST OF NEW ENGLAND” – BOSTON MAGAZINE.

Winter Sleigh Rides are available on 2 horse open sleighs with blankets and other infamous farm animals to greet you! Enter the hardwood forest where you can hear only silence! Stowe also offers Nordic Skiing that features an inter-mountain transfer gondola connecting Mt. Mansfield with Spruce Peak. New trails, new beginner area, two new high-speed detachable quads and new fully automated snow making on Spruce Peak has reinforced STOWE MOUNTAIN RESORT’S position as the east’s premier skiing and snow boarding vacation resort!

 

 

 

 

 

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History of Nantucket

 “The Little Gray Lady of the Sea”

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Nantucket is an island 30 miles south of Cape Cod.  Together with the small islands of Tuckenuck and Muskeget it constitutes the town of Nantucket. The name Nantucket is adapted similar Algonquin names for the island perhaps meaning “in the midst of waters” or “far away land or island”. In 1795, the town which was first established on the north shore was called Sherburne after the home-place of some of the settlers but was changed in 1795 to Nantucket.

The 2010 census population of the island was 10,172. It has become is a tourist destination  and summer colony that swells to a population of 50,000 in season. In 2008, Forbes Magazine cited Nantucket as having home values among the highest in the United States.

In 1966, The National Parks Service cited Nantucket as being the “Finest surviving architectural and environmental example of a late 18th century and early 10 century New England Seaport town”.

The earliest French settlement  in the region began on the neighboring island of Martha’s Vineyard. Nantucket’s island’s original Native American inhabitants the Wampanoag people lived undisturbed until 1641 when the island was deeded by the English The authorities in control of all land from the coast of Maine to New York) to Thomas Mayhew and his son, merchants from Watertown, MA and Martha’s Vineyard. Nantucket was part of Dukes County until 1691 when it was transferred to the newly formed province of Massachusetts Bay and split off to form Nantucket County.
Early Nantucket developed into a community of small farmers and sheep herders. The manufacturing of wool was a vital industry in colonial New England.

As Europeans began to settle on Cape Cod, the island became a place of refuge for Native Americans in the region, as Nantucket was not yet settled by Europeans. The growing population welcomed seasonal groups of other Native Americans who traveled to the island to fish and later harvest whales that washed up on shore.

Nantucket’s settlement by the English did not begin until 1659, when Thomas Mayhew sold his interest to a group of investors led by Tristram Coffin “for the sum of thirty pounds…and also two beaver hats, one for myself and one for my wife”.

The “nine original purchasers” were Tristram Coffin, Petter Coffin, Thomas Macy, Christopher Hussey, Richard Swain, Thomas Barnard, Stephen Greenleaf, John Swain and William Pike.

Seaman and tradesman began to populate Nantucket, such as Richard Gardner (arrived 1667) and Captain John Gardner (arrived 1672).

In his 1835 history of Nantucket island, Obed Macy wrote that in the early pre-1672 colony, a whale of the kind called “scragg” entered the harbor and was pursed and killed by settlers. This event started the Nantucket Whaling Industry!

A.B. Van Deines points out that the “scraggwhale” described by P.Dudley in 1725 as one of the species hunted by early New England whalers, was almost certainly the gray whale, which flourished on the west coast of North America in modern times with protection from whaling.

Herman Melville commented on Nantucket’s whaling dominance in MOBY DICK (Chapter 14) “Two thirds of his terraqueous globe are the Nantucketers. For the sea is his, he owns it as emperors own empires”.  The Moby-Dick characters Ahab and Starbuck are both from Nantucket.

For Nearly 150 years from the 1700’s – 1840’s Nantucket was the Whaling Capital of the World! On the island the economy was centered on the whale fishery, blacksmiths, boat building shops, ship chandleries, sail lofts and warehouses. Whale Wax was made by candle-makers that also lit domestic streetlamps! Supporting businesses were seaman boarding houses, grogshops, grocery and dry good shops.

By 1850, whaling was in decline as Nantuckets whaling industry had been surpassed by that of New Bedford and Salem. The island suffered great economic hardships, worsened by the July 134, 1846 “Great Fire” that fueled by whale oil and lumber devastated the main town burning  and destroying over 300 buildings and some 40 acres. The fire left hundreds homeless and poverty stricken and many people left the island.  Another contributor to the decline was the silting up of the harbor, which prevented large whaling ships from entering the port. In addition, the development of railroad made mainland whaling ports of New Bedford more attractive because of the ease of trans shipment of whale oil onto trains, an advantage unavailable to the island.

At this point gold was discovered in California and hundreds of Nantucket men went to seek their fortune. The Cival War also took it’s toll on Nantucket more then 300 Nantucket men served in the Union Army and 73 lost their lives. Between 1840 – 1887 the population dropped from 10,000 to 4,000.

As a result of this depopulation the island was underdeveloped and isolated until the mid 20th century. The isolation  kept many of the pre-Cival War buildings intact and by the 1850’s enterprising developers began buying up large sections of the island and restoring them to create an upmarket destination for wealthy people in the North East.

The Summer visitor would be a catalyst for Nantucket’s recovery! As early as the 1840’s rooming houses and small inns were operating and the invigorating and delightful indulgence of Sea Bathing was being touted in off island newspapers be entrepreneurial types. In the 1870’s the first big summer hotel was erected and four more followed over the next ten years. With the war behind, Nantucket women opened their homes to summer boarders providing large airy rooms and nicely cooked bluefish. The town got behind the effort and “Two boats a day” was a lore the “SEASON” was created and NANTUCKET NEVER LOOKED BACK!

In the 1920’s the island became a popular artist colony. Noted who lived on or painted the island include Frank Swift Chase and Theodore Robinson.  Noted authors including Herman Nelville have lived there.

 

 

 

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