Yes … I’m biased. No … I’m not that well traveled. Nevertheless, I would have a hard time imagining a prettier avenue anywhere in America. This private way, carpeted entirely in grass between Commercial and Bradford Streets, used to be known as Rogers Court, but the name was changed, presumably to honor Thorvald Ericsson, the Norse explorer who is said to have camped not far away, where 7 Cottage Street stands, around the year 1004. The painter William Maynard has long occupied 72A Commercial (on the left in the photo) and his lawn sign — on a palette, of course — has delighted passers-by: “Yes … you may visit my studio. No … you will not disturb me if I am painting.”
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