Women have found so many ways to make a difference. Narragansett tribal historian Mary Glasko served as a delegate to the United Nations and founded the Tomaquag Museum in Exeter, Rhode Island. Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum attests to the astute artistic vision of its namesake founder, while Hartford's Harriet Beecher Stowe House recalls the author whom Abraham Lincoln called “the little lady who made this big war.” The genteel, tranquil carriage roads of Acadia National Park celebrate the visionary landscape design of Beatrix Farrand, the only woman among the founding members of the American Society of Landscape Architects. New England has nurtured countless women who shook off the expectations of their gender to forge their own destinies. They didn't set out to be role models, but that's what they became. This book features fifty sites in New England's six states and narrates the lives of historic and contemporary women who lived there.
Patricia Harris, along with her partner David Lyon, is the author of more than thirty books on travel, food, and art. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, not far from the Longfellow House, and can be found online at HungryTravelers.com or on social media by the Twitter and Instagram handle of @hungrytravelers.