About the area

In the northeastern corner of USA, bordered by the state of New York to the west, New York City to the south, and the Atlantic Ocean to the east lie six states, which together constitute the area known as New England. As the name indicates, these states first and foremost have that in common that they were founded by immigrants from the British Isles. The area is a liberal stronghold and renowned for its institutions of higher learning. In our opinion, it is probably the most 'European' part of the US.

Do not be surprised if you encounter several of the following things on a trip to New England: The Dartmouth, The Eleanor, and The Beaver, Samuel Gray, James Caldwell, Crispus Attucks, Samuel Maverick, and Patrick Carr. Daniel Shays. The Tea Party. The cranberries. The cream donuts. The long summers spent camping in Dukes. The man from Nantucket. The blue hills and blueberry honey. The orchards, fields, barns, farmhouses, churches and small shops of the west. The Berkshire Indians and Appalachian mountains. The drug laden goats in Middlesex. The bayou wetlands. The ghosts of four presidents in Norfolk county. The Red Sox, the Celtics, and the Patriots. The sailboats of Plymouth and Suffolk. And the happy valley: Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire colleges. The sleepy west of the woody east. Samuel Adams. And clam chowdah...

In this documentary we visit Dredd Foole and Feathers in Brattleboro, VT, Matt Valentine in the woods just south of Brattleboro, Sunburned Hand of the Man in Boston and Northampton, Western Mass., Jow-Jow the Death Knell Rung in their yurt in the forest some miles west of Northampton, Asa Irons, who built his own stone house in the middle of the woods from things he found, in New Hampshire, and Big Blood and Brendan Evans (of Visitations et al) in the cozy seaside town of Portland, Maine. We also made a trip to Jackson (Burnt Hills) in Albany, upper NY state, but for various reasons that chapter did not make the final cut...