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Old 08-05-2010, 09:53 PM
 
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What are some towns in the US that has a Medieval vibe or style to them?
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Old 08-05-2010, 10:13 PM
 
Location: Miami/ Washington DC
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Well the only one that came to mind is St. Augustine Florida of course. The oldest city in the US established in 1565!
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Old 08-05-2010, 10:16 PM
 
Location: 30-40N 90-100W
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Seeing as America wasn't colonized until the 1600s none of them would have an actual Medieval feel. Although maybe St. Augustine, Florida and some of the really old towns in New Mexico would have things that come close. (More Renaissance though, I'd think) Some of the Indian Pueblo towns, like Acoma, were founded in like the twelfth century but probably don't fit what you're meaning.

Boston is a fairly old city, for the US, that has an "early music festival." Early music often includes Medieval. It also looks like it has some Gothic and Romanesque revival buildings.

Welcome to the Boston Early Music Festival

As Gothic and Romanesque Revival are based in Medieval architecture I tried to look for what towns are most dominated by that style, but I'm not having much luck right now. I know some parts of the South romanticized the Medieval era and I think Natchez, Mississippi has a great concentration of pre-Civil War buildings. Back to the rest of the country I think San Francisco has something of a Medieval folk scene.
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Old 08-05-2010, 10:25 PM
 
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Well, I was thinking something along the lines of Leavenworth, WA. http://www.city-data.com/picfilesc/picc38550.php

Towns like that.
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Old 08-05-2010, 11:06 PM
 
Location: New Hampshire
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So, you're basically just looking for imitation half-timbered architecture? There are a handful of towns with sizeable proportions of it - I know of some in New York state, but the names aren't coming to me. Perhaps someone else will know.

The closest thing to *real* Medieval architecture in the US is known as First Period architecture, which is mostly found in coastal New England. It is reminiscent of the late Medieval English style, originating in the 1400s. Most American First Period architecture dates from the 1600s. The most intact clusters of existing First Period architecture can be found in towns like Salem, Ipswich, and Saugus, MA.

Some examples:

http://www.wwowens.com/images/17_century_NE/MA/K_IronmastersHousec1680SaugusMassachusettsInSnow_f ull.jpg (broken link)

http://www.wwowens.com/images/17_century_NE/MA/Corwin_Witch_House_c1675_SalemMA_full.jpg (broken link)

http://www.wwowens.com/images/17_century_NE/MA/PaulRevereHouseca1680Boston_MA.jpg (broken link)

http://www.wwowens.com/images/17_century_NE/CT_RI_NH/HenryWhitfieldHouse1639Guilford_CT.jpg (broken link)

http://www.wwowens.com/images/17_century_NE/CT_RI_NH/RhodeIslandStoneEnderEleazerArnoldHouseca1687.jpg (broken link)

http://www.wwowens.com/images/17_century_NE/MA/WhippleHouse1670sIpswichMassachusetts.jpg (broken link)

http://www.wwowens.com/images/17_century_NE/MA/ParsonCapenHouse%281683%29TopsfieldMAfromSoutheast _full.jpg (broken link)

http://www.wwowens.com/images/17_century_NE/MA/RossTavernDanielWendelHouselate17thcenturyIpswichM assachusetts_full.jpg (broken link)

http://www.wwowens.com/images/17_century_NE/MA/BalchHouseBeverly_MA.jpg (broken link)
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Old 08-06-2010, 01:23 AM
 
Location: 30-40N 90-100W
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Okay seeing what you mean.

New Braunfels, Texas - I think it's got like a Bavarian village or German-type stuff.

Frankenmuth, Michigan - Apparently the building style is influenced by Franconia in Germany.

City of Frankenmuth City Hall - Frankenmuth, Michigan

Some monastic towns might have vaguely Medieval architecture or even feel.

Bardstown, Kentucky - Nearby is possibly the most notable Trappist monastery in the US.

Historic Bardstown, Nelson County, Kentucky

Ferdinand, Indiana - Home of the Monastery of Immaculate Conception and has a "Primitive Days" festival.

Town of Ferdinand

St. Joseph, Minnesota - Home to the college of St. Benedict. Motto of the town apparently is "Tomorrow with Tradition." Although Benedictines are actually fairly modern and liberal.

St. Joseph, Minnesota -- Welcome to the City Website for St. Joseph!

Subiaco, Arkansas - German monks important to its history. (Also Benedictine, but I'll list it as I know it. It's not really that Medieval, but they do maintain some tradition)

Vina, California - Apparently best known for a Trappist monastery.

Abbey of New Clairvaux | Vina, CA - Home
USATODAY.com - Wine-tasting and retreats at California monastery

Then there's Newport, Rhode Island and Santa Fe, New Mexico as they have some pretty old structures. However I think it's likely they're not what you mean.
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Old 08-06-2010, 08:53 AM
 
Location: The City
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I am not sure that their are truly town like this in the US, some in Europe visually retain the character but are typically quite cosmopolitan

I think there are many areas that retain colonial style in the US
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Old 08-06-2010, 09:08 AM
 
Location: The canyon (with my pistols and knife)
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Helen, GA?
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Old 08-06-2010, 09:10 AM
 
Location: Jersey City
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Not exactly Medieval, but maybe Tudor style counts for something? Here's a collection of photos of Upper Montclair, NJ, a tudor-style village:

Black Tie And Flip Flops: Snow Dusted Rooftops, Upper Montclair NJ, 6 December 2009 (http://blacktieandflipflops.blogspot.com/2009/12/snow-dusted-rooftops-upper-montclair-nj.html - broken link)
Upper Montclair Center, Montclair, NJ | Flickr - Photo Sharing! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/70626467@N00/3766469560/ - broken link)
Tudor style home | Flickr - Photo Sharing! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisinphilly5448/247878713/ - broken link)
Tudor style home | Flickr - Photo Sharing! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisinphilly5448/247878714/ - broken link)
Grand Tudor | Flickr - Photo Sharing! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ladyleisure/4399018743/ - broken link)
Colorful House | Flickr - Photo Sharing! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ladyleisure/4399007607/in/photostream/ - broken link)
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Old 08-06-2010, 10:56 AM
 
Location: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
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There are a lot of (mock) Tudor villages in Westchester county, NY and in north Jersey, too.

Elementary School in Mount Vernon, NY


Pondfield Road, Bronxville, NY


Not Tudor, but this outlook near New Paltz, NY has a Medievalesque look
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