Downtown New England - Ashburnham, Massachusetts
Ashburnham was incorporated in 1765 and straddles route 12. Here are three reasons why you shouldn't blink while passing through Ashburnham...
The Maguire House Bed and Breakfast
Winchester, the Propane Pig
I first saw Winchester ten days ago and thought to myself, "I want to find out more about that pig." Well, I went back to Roger's Hardware store where I had last seen it only to find out that it had been moved to the basement of the Historical Society. Ah, a photo opportunity lost. However, Winchester the propane pig, has an interesting story.
Winchester is made out of five propane tanks. A large one for his body and four smaller ones for his legs and feet. His tail is made out of an old bed spring. the idea for the pig was conceived by the son of the owner of Roger's Hardware store. Winchester is a very large piggy bank and was created for the purpose of raising money to built a public playground. One could donate by dropping money into Winchester or if you made a $35 donation you could have the pig sit on your front lawn until someone else made a $35 donation or you asked for the pig to be removed. Winchester raised $35,000 for the new playground.
Hobb's Forge - The Village Smithy
Norm's best sellers are his weather vanes, although he does make all kind of items including plant hooks, iron gates, and cut outs to hang on your wall.
Norm took the time to show me his scrapbook of the news articles that have been done about his shop and told me that his work is all over the country. Why even a gentleman from Beverly Hills stopped in one day and bought something.
Hobb's Forge is typical New England and definitely worth a look.
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