I will admit to spending an embarrassing amount of time at Clinton Crossing, but if you think - as I once did, years ago - that its stores are the only reason to visit this shoreline town, you are mistaken.
Old Brick, built in 1750 and now used by the Clinton Historical Society. Witch hazel, used "by early settlers for medicinal purposes" and "by Unilever/Ponds, a corporation that dominated manufacturing in Clinton for decades," grows in the garden in the back.
Adam Stanton House was built "by a wealthy, striving merchant-businessman."
Though I love the shoreline year round, summer is the time when this region comes alive. Merchandise is moved out of stores and onto sidewalks, people emerge from indoors to be near the water, and flowers bloom everywhere.