New England Facts Heading to New England? It's always nice to visit a new place well armed with interesting facts and information—it helps sharpen your perspective once you touch down and want to immediately start exploring. New England happens to be a particularly interesting region of the United States because of its role in the founding of the country. Since the area has been around the longest as a part of U.S. history (or tied with the mid-Atlantic region for first place), you'll have no trouble stocking up on fun and interesting facts, especially ones that date back hundreds of years ago.
For example, did you know that Cambridge, Massachusetts's Harvard University was founded all the way back in 1636, almost 150 years before American declared independence? Did you know that basketball and volleyball were both invented on New England turf—basketball in 1891 in Springfield, MA, and volleyball four years later in Holyoke?
Another New England fact that you can share while you're riding Boston's T—Boston's subway was the first underground railway system to be built in the western hemisphere. Some of the cars still look like they were on the first run back in 1897, but it gets you where you want to go.
Interesting Facts about New England Any area with a rich history and a vibrant present is going to have interesting facts. That's why there are so many interesting facts about New England. Some historical facts are well known—like the fact that the first Thanksgiving was held in New England or that New England was the home to the Salem Witch Trials. But some are less well known—and these are the interesting facts! Like did you know that kids in New England in colonial times played Fox and Goose instead of Duck, Duck, Goose? And that Antie over the Shanty was another favorite game?
Did you know that there are more blueberries grown in the state of Maine than in any other state? And that Maine has more miles of coastline (3,500 miles) than any other state, including California?
New England Fun Facts Looking for more New England fun facts: 1) There are more than 2,000 islands off the coast of Maine. 2) Fig Newtons are named after the Boston suburb of Newton. 3) Orange, Connecticut is home to the Pez candy and 4) The first public library in the U.S. was established in 1833 in the New Hampshire town of Peterborough.
While certain facts can be researched before you plan a trip, we all know that there's no substitute to actually experiencing a phenomenon. For example, knowing the history of Harvard University is not nearly as much fun as walking the shaded campus and admiring the hundreds-years-old architecture. Reading about blueberries is nowhere near as much fun as going blueberry picking in Maine or seeing how many of the fresh little fruits you can cram in your mouth at once. While New England fun facts are fun to read and fun to throw around in conversations, making you look smart, nothing is as fun as experiencing this rich, historic region. So go put these fun facts to use and start exploring New England!