National Geographic : 1962 Aug
above vases, figurines, silver service, and other cherished rel ics rescued from dusty attics. Haviland's Tavern in Rye a guest during the first year of his presidency. John Adams and Lafayette likewise stopped here. Dancers in powdered wigs and swirling gowns stepped out in Virginia reels in the second floor ballroom. Original hand hewn beams remain in place. Tall and stately, the First Congregational Church at Old Lyme, Connecticut, typifies the steepled white churches that dominate so many New England villages. Erected in 1819, it burned to the ground 90 years later but was rebuilt to the original design. Towering above wide streets canopied with arching elms, the meetinghouse assures travelers that many old northeastern towns still wear the face of yes teryear. Pillared portico and graceful spire shine softly in the night.