Artists and writers often base their stories and illustrations on a real place. So I went in search of the small village of Harrisville, New Hampshire that Tasha Tudor paid homage to in her Corgiville series. It is off the main thoroughfare crossing southern New Hampshire, an adventure getting to in itself. As the speed limit dropped I was greeted with this glimpse of Corgiville (aka Harrisville). . . .
I turned into the next lane that led to the town's library (in center of above photo and from across the pond in the below photo). . . .
Harrisville has several ponds like Corgiville, adding charm to its setting. I could see the architectural features Tasha used for her buildings. . . .
|"Corgiville Fair" by Tasha Tudor|
. . . .I stopped to admire the sailboat that seemed to be placed there just for visitors like me. . . .
A walk up the lane and around the pond brought more lovely scenes. . . .
Across the pond was a building that was probably connected to the thriving textile mill industry in the town's historic past. . . .
I was delighted to find there was a shop open in one of the buildings called Harrisville Designs. If you are into fiber arts you would have been thrilled. . . .
I have done needle felting so I couldn't resist purchasing this Learn to Felt with Harris Bear kit, if only for its box (the window panes are cut out so its like a small house). It is drastically reduced on their website, but to purchase it for even less ($12.95) as I did in the store, made my visit to Corgiville (I mean Harrisville) even more magical. . . .
It was time to leave, but I wasn't ready....there were more picturesque moments to be captured. . . .
As I drove around the pond to head out of town I noticed the sign for the General Store. It was up a small hill which gave you this view from the parking lot. . . .
I turned back around to snap the store front. . . .
And as I did several wagons of preschool children were being carted back to the Children's Center by their teachers. . . .
I don't think Corgiville could get any more charming than this!
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