One of the few treasures I have been able to retain from my childhood of many moves, is a tattered copy of the Burgess Animal Book for Children with its stories of Old Mother Nature and Peter Rabbit and its lovely color plate illustrations by Louis Agassiz Fuertes (my sister had the Bird book, which I have long coveted and at last purchased). So it was with the sense of visiting an old friend, that I pulled up to the modest cottage by the side of a pond that is the Burgess Museum.
This is a simple affair, don't plan on spending the day there, an hour will do. But for those of us forever touched by Thornton Burgess's simple, innocent, and deeply informative stories, it's a magical hour. Bits of information about the author's life, a docent who loves the man the way we do, rare copies of his books, many in pristine condition, and the homey feel of the place combine to make for a lovely escape into a better world. Stroll into Sandwich after your visit and there will be a glow about the place that you didn't notice before.
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