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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.  

Published May 01 2008, 06:20 PM by Paul
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