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Trip to Rudyard Kipling’s home

On April 2, the Historical Society of Cheshire County will offer a field trip to Rudyard Kipling’s Vermont home Naulakha.

Kipling had Naulakha built in Dummerston, Vt., between 1892 and ’93. Kipling wrote “Captains Courageous” at Naulakha, and he first told his “Just So Stories” to his daughter there.

The Nobel Prize in Literature was awarded to Rudyard Kipling in 1907 “in consideration of the power of observation, originality of imagination, virility of ideas and remarkable talent for narration which characterize the creations of this world-famous author.”

As part of the tour on April 2, storyteller Jackson Gillman will offer a performance as Kipling telling his “Just So Stories.”

One of seventeen historic landmarks in Vermont, Naulakha is an unusual example of Shingle Style architecture. It is named after the Naulakha Pavillion in Pakistan, which was an inspiration to Kipling. Kipling considered Naulakha “a jewel beyond price” and he described the home as a ship, with his study in the prow and the kitchen in the stern. He thought of the house as sailing across a meadow taking him on adventures of the imagination. The home commands spectacular views of the Connecticut River Valley and the mountains of New Hampshire.

The field trip will car pool to Naulakha from the Historical Society’s headquarters at 246 Main St. at 9 a.m. on April 2. The cost will be $16 per person ($12 for members of the Historical Society), and space is limited.

To reserve a place for the tour and performance, contact the Historical Society at 352-1895 or hsccnh.org.

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