Widow's walk

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Widow's walk

A rooftop platform or narrow walkway, used originally as a lookout for incoming ships in colonial coastal houses.

widow’s walk

A flat roof deck or raised observation platform sometimes having a view of the sea, situated on the roof of a house and enclosed by a balustrade or railing; the horizontal roof surface is usually formed by truncating the top of a hipped roof; also called a captain’s walk.
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The Friends of Asa Waters Mansion embarked in May on an ambitious fundraising campaign to restore the widow's walk and recreate "the most beautiful home in all of the Blackstone Valley," as Ms.
Millbury Savings Bank and the Millbury Women's Club signed on as major corporate sponsors to bring back the widow's walk.
Although money for the widow's walk is still being raised, the builders replaced the spruced-up balustrade in mid-September, beginning with the front of the mansion, facing Elm Street.