In the town of Warwick, there's a tiny neighborhood surrounded on three sides by water and on the fourth by the woodlands of a small city park. The name of this neighborhood is Buttonwoods. Or, in the local lingo, "Old Buttonwoods," used to distinguish the historic community from the surrounding [middle class] area.
Old Buttonwoods is filled with beautiful old Victorian and Arts and Crafts style houses, occupied by people with enough money to make them look like they did when they were new. Graceful lawns curve down to the shoreline and shiny foreign cars purr noiselessly through the streets.
Residents refers to a seventy-year-old hurricane as if it happened last week. Tales of the neighborhood's history abound; it was a Baptist summer camp in the 1800s, a seaside resort with a hotel and a trolly from Providence, a haunted playground for the anguished ghosts of a shipwrecked barque. Okay, I made that last one up. I did often wish I knew some of the neighborhoods past secrets though. I know they were there, I heard them whispering in the Sycamores branches when the breeze stirred on hot, humid summer days.
There's a tiny, exquisite Victorian stone chapel, one of the loveliest of its kinds in the area. I listened to a couple play obscure old Appalachian instruments and sing ancient mountain ballads there once, and it was haunting. The chapel still witnesses the occasional wedding.
There's a huge old evergreen on a triangle of common land that forms an enclosed canopy the neighborhood children love to play in (and, I suspect, the neighborhood teenagers love to hide in, as evidence of the occasional stray beer can I witnessed there).
There's a common way sidewalk that used to be a road before the hurricane of '38 washed it out. It travels between the lovely houses and the waterfront and It's perfect for pushing a baby carriage along on a brisk fall day.
to be continued...
(Don't get your hopes up, there's nothing exciting coming, unless I make something up. I'm just too tired to figure out where this is going tonight and I'm hoping that putting myself on the spot like this will push me to figure it out in the near future)