We had a very long first day on our way to Falmouth, Massachusetts. The first leg of our vacation has been focused on Revolutionary War sights and genealogy research. Our first stop definitely fit this mold; we stopped at David's Revolutionary War Library in Washington Crossing. This library permanently closes its doors on December 31st and moves to Philadelphia next year sometime. Check out the announcement on their homepage here for more information on this agreement with the American Philosophical Society. We spent some time here, looking through a few references and getting assistance from the staff librarian at the front desk. I asked her if she planned to move with the library; her response was an adamant no and that she was looking forward to retirement. I have been wanting to make a trip to this facility for quite some time so I am glad that we finally made it and were able to see the beautiful surroundings and spend a short time researching.
If you plan to visit, make certain you use the catalog system. This is the first library I have been to that simply assigns the next sequential number to a book and shelves it on the next available shelf. You can browse if you want, but you cannot browse by category or location. I found that interesting.
We continued on our journey and ran into lots of traffic due to accidents and one BMW that had run out of gas. We finally arrived at Falmouth at 7:30 pm. After eating at a local pizza and pasta place, which was still very crowded at 8:30 pm, we went back to our home-base. It wasn't much longer before we were off to bed.