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What draws me is a sense of remoteness, in time and space, that you get in this town of about 1,100 inhabitants, in spite of that fact that only an hour of leisurely backroad driving separates you from Manchester.
By car, Washington can only be approached from the sides.
North of town, a ridge running all the way to Lake Sunapee bars east-west passage.
It’s not just the minor inconvenience of getting there that gives Washington its romantic, faraway feeling.
No, Washington is New Hampshire, with absolute certainty.
That morning an old man cultivating his garden said hello and looked at the sky, something in his gesture inviting me to do the same.
I fell in love with Washington when I came into town off the 51-mile Monadnock-Sunapee Greenway Trail, which passes right across the common before heading north into Pillsbury.