Join Village Square Booksellers in welcoming Bill Ranauro to celebrate Independent Bookstore Day on Saturday April 27 from 11-1pm to discuss his new book Frontier Elegance The Early Architecture of Walpole, New Hampshire 1750-1850
From its frontier beginnings, the Connecticut Valley town of Walpole, New Hampshire has come to personify the quintessential New England country town. At the forefront of Walpole’s picturesque landscape is its amazing collection of elegant homes and buildings that date from the first century of the town’s settlement. Beginning in the eighteenth century, Frontier Elegance tells the story of how architectural style developed and evolved. Originating in Europe, guidebooks helped in the migration of architectural style to the urban coastal communities of New England and eventually to the inland communities of the Connecticut River Valley. Utilizing available materials and catering to individual tastes, the people who designed, built, and occupied these structures would play an equally important and fascinating role in developing a strong community that continues to value and preserve its past.
Bill Ranauro recently retired after thirty-seven years as a high school History teacher and football coach in New Hampshire. Bill has authored articles in Scholastic Coach magazine and The Forum, a journal for the New England History Teachers Association. He was honored as the Social Studies Teacher of the Year in New Hampshire in 2007, and was inducted into the New Hampshire Coaches Hall of Fame in the same year. Bill is an avid follower of all Boston sports teams, and enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with his family. He lives in Walpole, New Hampshire with his wife Lisa, and has two grown children, Daniel and Emily.
Fascinating book on the architecture of one of the prettiest villages in New England, our neighboring community of Walpole, NH