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  • 2008 program series completed.

    2008 program series ended May 9, 2008.  Hope you didn't miss them! 
    The Historical Society wrapped up our annual program series for 2008.  Held on the second Friday of the month from February to May, the programs were well attended and we hope you were able to make it to at least some of them.  The program were all at the Senior Center in Pleasant Valley, about a mile up West River Road from the bridge.  This year topics included: 

    Friday, February 8, 2008
    Colebrook Forge Archaeology.
      Dr. Marc Banks discussed the Colebrook Forge and the archaeology work done on the site located near Riverton. The forge was built in 1771 and operated for about 40 years.  Pig iron was brought to the forge from an iron furnace in Salisbury.  The iron was then further refined at the Colebrook forge and made into a variety of products including ship anchors.  The site also was one of the first to produce steel in the colonies.
    Friday, March 14, 2008
    The Forgotten Town.  Erik Landgraf presented the story of the community in Barkhamsted Hollow where farms, businesses and a small village were located before the Saville Dam was built, creating the Barkhamsted Reservoir.  Those crossing the Dam can look to the north and wonderful scenery including water, trees and mountains.  Erik will show us what was there before the water.
    Friday, April 11, 2008
    People of Wattunkashausep.  Cynthia Griggs covered the culture of Native Americans living in the area of the Farmington River Valley.   The Farmington River has been a wonderful resource over the years, drawing recreational users and providing water power for early mills.  Cynthia discussed the residents of the river valley living there in an earlier time. 

    Friday, May 9, 2008
    Colonial Herb Gardening.  Mike Day used potted herb plants in a discussion of how they were used historically for a variety of purposes.  Those attending had a chance to smell or taste the herbs and learn the many uses of these plants in the daily lives of colonial Americans.  

    Posted May 01 2008, 06:20 PM by Paul with 1 comment(s)
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  • Tag Sale - May 17, 2008

    Tag Sale - May 17, 2008
    The Barkhamsted Historical Society held our annual tag sale on Saturday, May 17, 2008 on Route 44 at the Town highway garage near the entrance to the regional recycling center.  The event started at 8:00 a.m. This is our main fundraiser and we hope were able to stop by to check out the furniture, tools, collectibles, books and other items that were for sale.  Funds raised from the tag sale will help us do our work preserving Barkhamsted history and culture for your enlightenment and for future generations to enjoy.  

    Thanks to all those who donated items and/or worked at the tag sale.

    Posted May 01 2008, 06:02 PM by Paul with no comments
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