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A Glass house makes the news

The views are serene both toward and from the Glasses' house, which was featured in a recent spread on riverfront houses in the NYT.

The New York Times recently traveled over the river and through the woods to the house of David Glass, M.D., chair of anesthesiology at DMS, and his wife, Alice. The Glasses' 190-year-old house, which sits on the banks of the Connecticut River in Lyme, N.H., was featured in a January 2003 article about beautiful riverfront homes.

Behind the Glasses' house, the lawn slopes down 100 feet to the river, where the Glasses enjoy canoeing, kayaking, fishing off a dock, and watching a slew of wildlife—everything from great blue herons, bald eagles, and mallards to minks, beavers, and bears. One winter, they even saw an otter sitting on the ice, eating a large fish. And David Glass once caught sight of a moose swimming across the Connecticut. "The river flow just brings you energy somehow," Alice Glass told the Times. "It makes you feel better."

The property has some other interesting features, too. A nearby milk barn (now a guest house) once served as a children's clothing factory. The main farmhouse where the Glasses live, built about 1815, has a massive central chimney that's 10 feet by 12 feet at its base, and most of the foundation is original stacked-stone drywall. When a dining room was added about 100 years ago, the builders unearthed the bones of a Native American girl dating back to the 1500s; they're now in the collection of the Hood Museum at Dartmouth College. Legend has it that the girl's spirit still haunts the house. "I haven't yet seen any ghosts, but the dogs do bark occasionally at night and we always wonder," says David Glass.

The most intriguing aspect of living along the river is seeing the Northern Lights, a phenomenon that the Glasses witness two or three times a year. "They are incredible along the river when there's no light around," explains Glass. "We came out one night and it was turquoise and red and shimmering, and it was unbelievable."


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