(This is Part One of a three-part series on Salisbury, Massachusetts.)
Like the names of many New England towns, the name of Salisbury is inspired from a similarly named location in England. Less known is the previous name of the town, which was Colchester. There are "four distinctly different areas" of Salisbury according to the town's website: Salisbury Square, Salisbury Plains, Rings Island, and Salisbury Beach.
When you're passing through Salisbury Square, the most distinctive architectural element is the steeple of East Parish United Methodist, with its huge clock face that can be seen pretty far down the road as you come up on Bridge Street.
There's definitely a nostalgic feel to Salisbury Square. From the red-white stripes of a barber pole...
...to the Richdale convenience store sign, you get the feeling that time marches on here just a little more slowly than other places. And that's a good thing!
If you're looking for breakfast or lunch, there are a couple of diners in this downtown area including Pat's Diner. According to Wikipedia, Pat's Diner used to be known as Ann's Diner and was built in 1950 by the Worcester Lunch Car company. It is included on the United States government's National Register of Historic Places.
Whether it's browsing through an antique store...
...or racing your best friend on a go-kart, there's sure to be an activity to appeal in Salisbury.
How about dining on some New England fried clams?
Of course, the beach is a huge attraction for many visitors.
Salisbury Beach State Reservation offers several miles of sand and waves to play in.
But there's no need to stay on land, and many a pleasant evening has been spent boating and fishing here.
There's definitely a reward in staying around town to watch a sunset!
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This is Part One of a three-part series about Salisbury, Massachusetts. Part Two will cover Rings Island and Part Three will be a visit to the Salisbury Beach State Reservation as well as the beach amusement area.