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A Sense of Balance in Chelsea

It’s been years since I’ve visited the small town of Chelsea. Since returning to Vermont, the town has been on my list of places to see and photograph. Finally, this week, I went back.

Located in Orange County, Chelsea is home to only about 1,250 residents. What makes the town unique and memorable are its two town commons and twin general stores, all of which date back nearly 200 years. A beautiful, white building stands at the head of both commons — the Orange County Courthouse and the United Church of Chelsea.

When I arrived and saw the pairs of buildings and the commons, I thought of how I would describe this timeless place. Three words immediately came to mind: symmetry, balance and unity.

 

chelsea-vermontThe North Common 
chelsea-vermontThe twin general stores were built in 1818.
chelsea-vermontThe courthouse is located on the South Common.
chelsea-vermontHappenings around the region.
chelsea-vermontThe church is located on the North Common.
Categories:
Chelsea, Orange County, Travel Tips
7 Comments
  • Kerri
    Posted at 13:50h, 12 November Reply

    Lovely images!! Looks like a very nice place to visit.

  • From Beyond My Kitchen Window
    Posted at 00:25h, 13 November Reply

    What a lovely little New England town. The white church and town hall are charming. Would love to take a leisurely trip through Vermont.

  • A New England Life
    Posted at 01:39h, 13 November Reply

    I just love old New England towns like Chelsea that have retained their unique character. So pretty. How I wish I could visit Vermont in the fall.

  • Erica Houskeeper
    Posted at 23:23h, 14 November Reply

    Thank you Kerri, Susan and Sharon!

  • elvira pajarola
    Posted at 08:30h, 15 November Reply

    How ELEGANT the church is too……I love the pure white and the beautiful shape of it!

    Wonderfully surrounded by woods and greens!!

    GORGEOUS, Erica!!
    Take care, ciao ciao elvira

  • Chris Petrak
    Posted at 01:52h, 16 November Reply

    Yes, symmetry, balance, unity are good descriptions for Chelsea – is it possible that the people who laid out and/or designed the town and its commons were saying something like that to its citizens, or what it just luck? Whatever, a good guide for life.

  • Erica Houskeeper
    Posted at 02:10h, 16 November Reply

    Hi Elvira — Thank you! I love the church and courthouse. Such classic New England buildings.

    Hi Chris — Chelsea really intrigues me. I know, I also wonder what the people who designed the town were envisioning all those years ago. They seemed to have the right idea.

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