Take a Walking Tour of New England
How can you visit all six New England states in less than one hour? Visit The Big E, the only fair in the country with multiple states participating! Take a stroll along the Avenue of States and see impressive replicas of each New England state's original statehouse sitting on land actually owned by that state. Take a step inside and immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and tastes and of quintessential New England.
Eastern States Exposition, home of The Big E, was founded by Joshua L. Brooks in 1916 when he convinced the National Dairy Show to hold its annual event on the Exposition grounds. In 1917, the first Eastern States Exposition took place. Brooks' desire was to bring together all six New England states in one location to share ideas and improve regional agriculture. Brooks dreamed of having state buildings at the fair that would showcase the traditional and new products and attractions that make each New England state unique.
Walking through the life-size replicas of each state's original capitol you can learn about the people, products and attractions each New England state has to offer. A trip down the Avenue of States allows you to have a taste of what New England has to offer, from Maine to Connecticut and all points in between. You can begin your journey at whichever state you prefer - just be sure not to miss any!
Indulge in clam chowder while gaining knowledge about Massachusetts recreation and agriculture. Plan your next vacation to the Pine Tree State of Maine. Stop at LEGO, and choose from numerous dining destinations serving up Connecticut fare. Find authentic one-of-a-kind gifts in New Hampshire. Browse fine coastline-inspired jewelry and Rhode Island creations. Bring home Vermont-made maple syrup, flannels and wool products. Go on a New England adventure at the Avenue of States, and do all this and more without ever leaving The Big E!