♪.....and each town looks the same to me.
The movies and the factories
And every stranger's face I see
Reminds me that I long to be
If you haven't already, you need to head over to Kathy @ You'll Shoot Your Eye Out
and play along in her new link-up of Song-ography.
The first song-ography is "Homeward Bound" by Simon & Garfunkel.
I was born and raised in Manchester, New Hampshire.
My family are all still there.
This is a shot of one of the many "mills" running along the canal.
Not only are they architecturally stunning but I also love the history they hold.
"The city of Manchester is located on the banks of the Merrimack River in Hillsborough County,
Prior to receiving its final name of Manchester, the city had other names starting with Nutfield, Tyng’s Town, then Harrytown [Old Harry's Town] and Derryfield.
Manchester was settled in the early 1700's, and was originally incorporated in 1752,
by the name of Derryfield.
In 1810 it received its present name of Manchester, and was incorporated as a city in 1846. Manchester has been called "Elm City of New England" and the "Queen City of New Hampshire."
Known by our French-Canadian ancestors as “la Main Street”, the shopping district was really on ELM Street, which runs through the city in a north-south direction, and it passes directly through the center. It was named Elm Street because of the many Elm trees that lined a great portion of the street. The American Elm trees typified both the north and south ends of the street, where families liked to build their homes. In 1938, many of the original elms were felled.
Elm Street is the longest dead end street on either end in the country!"
Whenever we head up to Manchester I never tire of seeing these buildings.
I remember one of my aunts working in one of the mills.
Every summer an uncle would come down from Canada
and at around 4:00 he would load us into the station wagon
and we would head to the mills to pick her up.
I still remember the sounds and the smells.
Unfortunately, some of these beautiful mill buildings were taken down.
Some remain and have been turned into businesses.
The buildings that do remain still take my breath away.
This is my "Homeward Bound"