But my assumption about the rest of Berlin was wrong. There is a Berlin that's not the Turnpike. If that seems hard to believe, the next time you end up on the Turnpike, take a slight detour along the parallel Worthington Ridge. This street, the backbone of the Worthington Ridge Historic District, is leafy and residential and quiet. You'll pass an old church with a white spire that towers above its neighbors, an eagle-topped obelisk of a veterans' monument, and house after perfect historic house that will make you think - though you couldn't have imagined it a minute ago on the Turnpike - that Berlin is almost idyllic.
There's this, too: the Berlin Free Library. It began its life in 1831 as the Worthington Academy, and was also used at various points as a church and a courthouse.
I took this picture from across the street, so you can't see this, but the sign in front reads: ICE CREAM SOCIAL. Doesn't knowing that make the building even better?