Town greens established in the 18th century, or village greens as they’re more commonly known today, were thought to have been used for militia training, the grazing of livestock, and, at times, public punishment. Cast your vote for the prettiest town green in New England in the comment section below! And if you have a photo of your favorite town green that you’d like to share with us, submit it to our photo gallery.
The Craftsbury Common — a handsome 2.2 acre patch of grass surrounded by pretty white buildings — may be the site of a soccer game, a farmer’s market, a concert, a Hitchcock movie, or the finishing line of cross county ski race, depending on the season.
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Perhaps the most famous green in New England, Boston Common stretches over almost fifty acres. Some of its attactions include a wading and skating pond, multiple historical monuments, ballfields, and a stately fountain.
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The green space the runs alongside the Mousam River in downtown Kennebunk, Maine, may be small, but the shelter offered by its bandstand makes it the perfect place for picnic lunch.
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Livestock would’ve grazed on the expansive, park-like Broad Street Green in Wethersfield, Connecticut, back in the day, and in 1776 the nation’s first cavalry unit assembled on this grassy area.
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In the serene village of Weston, the Village Green and the surrounding homes and buildings are untouched by time.
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