Explore Our Habitat

Explore Our Habitat

Our Familiarium is a little bungalow in a little pond…


and that little pond is somewhere in New England, U.S.

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New England is a northeasterly region of the U.S. comprising the states of Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island. It’s known for its Colonial past, long Atlantic coastline, changing autumn foliage and forested mountains. Boston, Massachusetts, the region’s hub, pre-dates the American Revolution, and its Freedom Trail passes sites that were critical to the nation’s founding.

Things to do in New England

Interesting facts about New England

Because New England is 21. New England is the oldest region in the United State there are lots of “Firsts” and “Oldests” here


The oldest U.S. newspaper still being published: “The Hartford Courant,” established in 1764

The first hamburger was made in Connecticut in 1895.

Around 1908, George Smith of Connecticut decided to apply sticks to sugary, hard candies and coined the name lollipops. Smith claimed to have named the candy after his favorite race horse, Lolly Pop.

The USS Nautilus—the world’s first nuclear powered submarine—was built in Groton, Conn. in 1954.


In 1939, Maine passed legislation to make it illegal to put tomatoes in clam chowder.


The first town in the world to have electric street lights was Great Barrington, in 1886.

The first Dunkin Donuts was open in Quincy

The first underground railway system to be built in the western hemisphere was the Boston’s subway.

James Naismith invented Basketball in Springfield in 1891.

Four years later William Morgan invented volleyball in nearby Holyoke.

Fig Newtons are named after the Boston suburb of Newton.

New Hampshire

New Hampshire’s State House is the oldest state capitol in which a legislature still meets in its original chambers.

The highest wind speed recorded at ground level is at Mt. Washington, on April 12, 1934. The winds were three times as fast as those in most hurricanes.

Rhode Island

The smallest state can fit into some ranches in Texas. Texas is about 165 times larger than Rhode Island

However, Rhode Island has 20 percent of the U.S.’s historical landmarks.


Vermont has the most breweries in the United States: With 19 breweries and a 2008 population of 621,270, that makes one brewery for every 32,698 people, the most per capita in the country. Maine is fourth on the list.


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