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Pandemic Prompts Historic Garden On Isles Of Shoals To Move To Mainland NH

A view of Star Island, including its hotel, church and solar array
Dan Tuohy / NHPR
A view of Star Island, including its hotel, church and solar array

An island garden that once inspired one of America's foremost impressionist painters has been reconstructed on the New Hampshire mainland for a second summer because of the pandemic.

[For The First Time, Again: Settling Back Into Life On Star Island]

In the late 1880s, members of Boston's literary and artistic societies flocked to Appledore Island off the coast of Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Artist Childe Hassam kept a studio there and featured poet Celia Thaxter's gardens in a series of paintings.

Hundreds of people visit the recreated garden each year, but those tours were cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Instead, the garden has been recreated at Prescott Park in Portsmouth.

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