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Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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There was no glitz on this trip, no nightlife to speak of. But there was golf and canoeing, fine meals, and art. We had cocktails at sunset around a giant outdoor fire pit and enjoyed a distinctly American weekend. The village of Cooperstown was founded in 1786 by Judge William Cooper who acquired a tract of land from an agent for the King of England. At the time, it was the young country's western frontier of settlement. The surrounding wilderness inspired the judge's son, James Fenimore Cooper, to write his Leatherstocking Tales in which America's first major novelist called the lake Glimmerglass. On the lake's shimmering shore where the writer's farmhouse once stood is a handsome neo-Georgian mansion, the Fenimore Art Museum. We visited the gem to see its portraits of prominent Americans, works by famous artists of the Hudson River School, folk art, photography, and more. In a room devoted to James Fenimore Cooper's personal effects, there are room-divider screens he covered with sketches of Italy and other travel mementos. Stephen Carlton Clark, an avid art collector, donated the mansion to the town in 1944. In 1995, an 18,000 square foot wing was added to the museum for the Thaw Collection of American Indian Art — masterpieces created by Native cultures throughout North America from 400 BC to the present. I was spellbound. We decided to spend half an hour across the road at The Farmers' Museum, a replica community of 19th century agricultural life. Two hours later, we were still having fun, chatting with folks in period 186 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 6 excursions Fenimore Art Museum above: The Farmers' Museum; below: Fenimore Art Museum T H I S I S C O O P E R S T O W N . C O M / R O B E R T M E S C A V A G E P H O T O G R A P H Y "a folk art treasure"

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