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For a historic weekend, look no further than Howell, Michigan. Many of the buildings have not been changed since the city was incorporated in 1863, and the Italianate buildings dot the street. Two high Victorian façades, a Victorian Gothic church, a modified English Gothic Church, a Tudor Revival office building, and the original Opera House are some architectural standouts. The main street has more than 40 specialty retailers and restaurants, and it is also the location for many events and festivals throughout the year. With initiatives to encourage residents to buy local, this main street offers both charm and neighborly values.
Bath, Maine, looks like what you would imagine a cozy New England town to be. Gardens, brick buildings, and church spires dot the main street, along with a variety of businesses and outdoor spaces. The buildings are a mix of Italianate, Romanesque Revival, Gothic Revival, late Federal and Greek Revival style, with some notable buildings like the Sagadahoc County Courthouse, an Empire-style building designed by Francis Fassett in 1869. A walking tour of the city is available, a good way to keep your spirits high during your trip.
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Not without rustic charm, Franklin looks to distinguish itself from its neighbor Nashville. The city has a blend of historic preservation and modern sophistication, with a mix of antique shops, gift and bookstores, fashion-forward boutiques, art galleries, and restored homes that line Main Street. The city offers free rides in a charming green and red trolley to explore the district, built in the 19th century. Some of the oldest buildings include the public square and courthouse, and the architectural styles differ as downtown expanded its reach. The Downtown Local Historic District is also listed in the National Register of Historic Places.