Take a walk, read a book, have an adventure at the Handy House Heritage Trail, 183 Hixbridge Rd, Westport, MA 02790; open dawn to dusk. The Westport Historical Society offers families and individuals of all ages an opportunity to savor the beauty of the outdoors and to read a beloved children’s book Ox Cart Man, written by Donald Hall and illustrated by Barbara Cooney.
In our current era of global supply chain woes, this book reminds us of the value of small, cyclical daily tasks, and the lost art of creating our own goods and forging our own links in a local supply chain.
Ox-Cart Man depicts a lyrical journey through the days and weeks, the months, and the changing seasons in the life of one New Englander and his family.
He travels over hills, through valleys, by streams, past farms and villages. At Portsmouth Market he sells his goods, one by one — even his beloved ox. Then, with his pockets full of coins, he wanders through the market, buying provisions for his family, and returns to his home. And the cycle begins again.
StoryWalk® is an innovative and delightful way for children — and adults! — to enjoy reading and the outdoors at the same time. Laminated pages from a children’s book are attached to signs, which are installed along an outdoor path. As visitors stroll down the trail, they are directed to the next page in the story.
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