The New England Grimpendium: The Nature Museum at Grafton

For the next month, I’ll be posting photo essays on locations, attractions, and artifacts elaborated on in my new book, The New England Grimpendium (available now) to celebrate its debut...and to convince you that it’s worth buying, I guess. That was directed at you, Mom.

August 30, 2010 — I’m not the type who can easily distil experience into communicable wisdom. Mostly, the morals I’ve learned from my life and travels yield a lot of I don’t know’s interspersed with a few Got me’s. However, were I forced at butter knifepoint to be productively introspective, I could probably hazard a Don’t underestimate the small museums. Had I failed to follow that maxim in the case of the house-sized Nature Museum in Grafton, VT, here is some of the cool stuff I would have missed:

A feejee original reason for visiting the museum
and including it in the Grimpendium

A taxidermied specimen of an extinct bird.

An actual human skull, lent to the museum by a retired doctor.

Besides animal specimens, the museum features 
exhibits on rocks and minerals, as well.

They let me in the basement. Way dig museum basements.

Look what we found down there...

Read all about my visit to The Nature Museum at Grafton in The New England Grimpendium, which is on sale now.