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Places to stay:

We often get asked about places to stay in the Cornish Colony area. Those of you familiar with the area know that Windsor, Vermont was the industrial and shopping center for the Cornish Colony in Maxfield Parrish's time. In fact, Parrish gave one of his paintings to the tellers at the then Windsor National Bank in appreciation of their years of service to him.

For those who venture across the Connecticut River to Maxfield Parrish's home town, the Home Hill Inn on River Road in Plainfield, NH is an idyllic country retreat.  Built in 1818 on land granted to Thomas Gallup by King George III, the inn today has been graciously restored, wiith 11 elegant guest rooms and a country breakfast to raise your spirits.

The inn is well known locally for gracious dining in elegant settings. Their chef, Paula Snow, features the best of local and seasonal eating. She creates her own breads, sausages, cured salmon, and mozzarella cheese, hand made pastas, ice creams and much more in house daily. The cuisine represents the best of the area presented in traditional bistro style. The menu changes with the seasons and dining is available to all visitors, not just guests staying at the inn.

Additionally, there are many fine traditional hotels and motels offering accommodations to visitors to the "Upper Valley" as this area of New Hampshire and Vermont is familiarly called.

Local attractions in the Cornish Colony area:
For a look at the must-see Augustus Saint-Gaudens national historic site located in the heart of the Cornish Colony, Cornish, New Hampshire, click on: The Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site. That site is located about a mile north of the famous Cornish-Windsor covered bridge, itself a major scenic attraction in the area.

Another prestigious local museum is the American Precision Museum, which is located in the historic town of Windsor, Vermont, right across the Connecticut River from Cornish, NH. Click on The American Precision Museum. This museum received a large number of machinery and tooling items from Parrish's machine shop. Those items were donated to the American Precision Museum by Alma Gilbert when she closed the Maxfield Parrish Museum at The Oaks back in 1985. Next on the list of area attractions is the Vermont State historic site, which is the building for which the Town of Windsor derives its nickname “The Birthplace of Vermont”, please visit the Old Constitution House site and learn all about the founding of the State of Vermont.

Associations, publishers, galleries and other places of interest:

Kinuko Y. Craft is one of the most widely respected and well known fantasy artists in the United States today. She considers herself a story teller. Her past commissions have included paintings for the book covers of many well known fantasy authors, opera posters, fairy tale books and covers for many national magazines. 

Her work has been widely exhibited and is now in private collections in New York City, Atlanta GA, Santa Barbara CA, Dallas TX, Connecticut, San Francisco CA, Italy, Japan and Greece. Her paintings can also be found public collections at The National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian, The Museum of American Illustration in New York City, The National Geographic Society and other corporate collections. Vist her web site here.

Spanierman Gallery: A long-time sponsor of exhibits at the Cornish Colony Museum, Spanierman Gallery, LLC  is located at 45 East 58th Street in New York City, and is still presided over by Ira Spanierman himself, along with his son, Gavin Spanierman.

The gallery is distinguished for its scholarship and actively supports research in American art. Mr. Spanierman is currently co-author on the forthcoming catalogue raisonnés on the art of American Impressionists, John Henry Twachtman, Theodore Robinson and Willard Metcalf.  In connection with artists of the Cornish (NH) art colony, we are grateful for Mr. Spanierman's research and background on Henry and Edith Prellwitz, whose works are frequently on loan at museum exhibits curated by Alma Gilbert.

William A. Smith Auctions:  The nationally known Smith's Auction gallery is located in the quaint village of Plainfield, NH.  Founded in 1962 by Bill Smith and his wife Merilyn, Hillsboro N.H. natives, they held their first auction: the Estate of Silas Row. That auction, held on the grounds of the estate itself, was a great success. The business grew over the years and in 1971, Bill held what was proclaimed as the "auction of the century": The Estate of James Cambell Lewis. That auction set records and gave the William Smith firm national recognition.  Today this auction firm conducts an average of 45 auctions per year, both large and small. They hold five major annual auctions: Labor Day, Memorial Day, a Thanksgiving holiday sale, a New Years holiday sale, and a mid winter sale, which rountinely attract knowledgable buyers from the entire East Coast.

For a look at their WEB site, please click on: Wm. A. Smith Auctions.

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