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To close out this round of historic bars, we're traveling to Massachusetts for seaside hospitality. Biergartens are coming up in July, so get your order ready!

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The traditional weathered cedar-shingle exterior belies the informal interior.

On an island known for its reserved and decorous New England ways, The Chicken Box is an unpretentious change of pace.

The Chicken Box was the idea of Willie House and his wife, an African-American couple originally from Kentucky, who came to Nantucket in 1948 as domestic servants for one of the many wealthy families that summered on the island. An ambitious man, Willie found a modest shack on a sparsely populated area of the island and opened the original Chicken Box. It was a place where their fellow chauffeurs, maids, and cooks could congregate and relax on their days off, catch up with friends, and enjoy some famous fried chicken -- the meal that gave the place its name.
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Beth Lennon

Beth Lennon is the creator of the website RetroRoadmap.com. As "Mod Betty," she delights as the retro travel "hostess with the mostess," scouting out cool vintage places and sharing them with the world.

 

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Salvador’s Ice Cream was built in New Bedford, Mass., but the business and physical structure was moved to South Dartmouth in 1935.

During the first half of the 20th century, the towns on the southern coast of Massachusetts had the highest concentration of dairy farms in the entire state. While most of the fertile pasture land has long since been cut up by interstate highways and housing developments, a number of iconic and unusually shaped buildings remain standing from that time, serving as a reminder of when family-owned dairies dotted the then-rural landscape.... Read More →

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Beth Lennon

Beth Lennon is the creator of the website RetroRoadmap.com. As "Mod Betty," she delights as the retro travel "hostess with the mostess," scouting out cool vintage places and sharing them with the world.

[Retro Roadmap] The Clam Box in Ipswich, Mass.

Posted on: May 22nd, 2014 by Beth Lennon 4 Comments

 

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The Clam Box restaurant in Ipswich, Mass., was founded in 1935.

As the weather turns warmer, hitting the road in search of snapshots and snacks is a fun way to spot programmatic architecture (also known as “places built to look like something other than a building,” e.g. shoe houses).

Thirty miles north of Boston, the Clam Box in Ipswich is just such a roadside destination, a beacon not only for travelers curious about this uniquely shaped building, but also for the famous and tasty mollusks served within.... Read More →

The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.

Beth Lennon

Beth Lennon is the creator of the website RetroRoadmap.com. As "Mod Betty," she delights as the retro travel "hostess with the mostess," scouting out cool vintage places and sharing them with the world.

[Retro Roadmap] The Haines Shoe House in Hallam, Pa.

Posted on: April 23rd, 2014 by Beth Lennon 2 Comments

 


Prior to the creation of Route 30, the Shoe House was surrounded on all sides by farmland.

You’re driving along Route 30 where the road opens up into a highway halfway between the hustle and bustle of the commercial corridors of Lancaster and York, Pa. The road is flanked by farms and fields on both sides, but suddenly you spy an oddly shaped building quickly coming into view.

You do a double take because you can’t believe what you’re seeing and immediately take the next exit. Following the old Lincoln Highway to the appropriately named Shoe House Road, you’ve just been lured away from your original destination by a local landmark and example of programmatic architecture -- Haines Shoe House in Hallam, Pa.... Read More →

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Beth Lennon

Beth Lennon is the creator of the website RetroRoadmap.com. As "Mod Betty," she delights as the retro travel "hostess with the mostess," scouting out cool vintage places and sharing them with the world.

 


The Wigwam Motel in San Bernardino, Calif.

Part of the fun of a road trip is to see things you usually don’t see -- places that are bigger than life and stand out from the ordinary. It’s one of the many reason we travel: to have experiences not possible in our hometowns. One iconic example of this type of roadside destination is the Wigwam Village motels built in the 1930s and ‘40s.

To many, the motels represent eye-catching structures built to entice weary travelers to turn in for the night, and to bring fond memories of family vacations and cross-country road trips before the advent of the super-highway. But to some, their loose misrepresentation of Native American dwellings is a reminder of how not long ago, cultural stereotyping was considered socially acceptable.

Now in the 21st century, we can see them as both: an architectural roadside reminder of where our nation has come from and where it is going.... Read More →

The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.

Beth Lennon

Beth Lennon is the creator of the website RetroRoadmap.com. As "Mod Betty," she delights as the retro travel "hostess with the mostess," scouting out cool vintage places and sharing them with the world.