Excerpt from The Hills O' Hampshire
Hampshire, was, as it is to-day, one of the prettiest villages in all New England.
The principal homes are on the one, long, wide street, where the great elms and maples form an arch overhead, as though to kiss, with lips of leaves, in the verdant Spring, or to shake their bare arms angrily in the stern severity of Winter.
The large, old-fashioned houses are set well back from the street, each surrounded by well-tended ﬂower beds, syringas and sunﬂower hedges. Most of the houses were painted white, but green blinds relieved the monotony, the taste of the owner being in evidence, in his selection of what he considered really the proper green. White picket fences sur rounded them and, all in all, it was perhaps the most typical New England village in the Hills 0' Hamp shire.
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