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  • Christmas At the Tavern

    Christmas At the Tavern 
    On Sunday, December 2, 2007 the Historical Society held a special open house and kickoff of our old time Christmas decorations displays at the Squire's Tavern.  The day included refreshments and a short talk on some of the Christmas decoration practices used by the families that occupied the Tavern over the years.  The decorations were on view during our open hours up to December 23.  The Squire's Tavern is located at 100 East River Road, about one mile north of the bridge in Pleasant Valley.

  • Squire's Tavern open to the public each Wednesday 9 to noon and Sunday 1 to 3 p.m

    Squire's Tavern open to the public each Wednesday 9 to noon and Sunday 1 to 4 p.m. 
    The Squires Tavern is open to the public on Sundays 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.  This is in addition to our current hours on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to noon.  The Barkhamsted Historical Society is restoring the historic building at Peoples Forest called Squire's Tavern.  The work is well along and we invite you to stop by to check it out.  Although we are still working on the project there is still a lot to see.  Guides can show you around the building and also give you some background on Barkhamsted history in general. Stop by and take a look!

    Posted Oct 10 2007, 06:16 PM by Paul with 1 comment(s)
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  • Reservoir Tour Held September 15, 2007

    Reservoir Tour Held September 15, 2007  
    For several years the Historical Society has done a tour of Barkhamsted Center, the Hollow and Saville Dam.  This has been so popular that we again offered it on September 15, 2007.  It was always a favorite event of Walt Landgraf's and although we could not match Walt's knowledge and wonderful presentations, our participants enjoyed the tour and the great scenery of the reservoir area.

    Posted Sep 15 2007, 06:10 PM by Paul with no comments
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  • Barkhamsted Anniversary Celebration and Historical Society Annual Meeting - Sept. 10

    Barkhamsted Anniversary Celebration and Historical Society Annual Meeting - Sept. 10  
    Barkhamsted's 228th anniversary was celebrated on Monday, September 10, 2007 at the Squire's Tavern.  The festivities included the traditional cake and other refreshments.  We also had some special events honoring the contributions of Walt Landgraf.  A short business meeting business meeting was held during which we will elected officers and gave a summary of what the Historical Society has accomplished over the past year and what our plans are for the future.

    Posted Sep 10 2007, 06:13 PM by Paul with no comments
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  • Art at the Tavern - from Aug 12 to Sept 12, 2007

    Art at the Tavern - from Aug 12 to Sept 12, 2007  
    The Barkhamsted Historical Society hosted "Art at the Tavern", an exhibition featuring paintings, photographs, jewelry, pottery and abstract ceramic wall hangings.  A reception at the Squire's Tavern was held on Sunday, August 12, 2007 as the kickoff event.  Hope you were able to come in and view this wonderful variety of art

    Posted Aug 08 2007, 06:12 PM by Paul with no comments
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  • Barkhamsted resident Deidamia Shepard died in 1903 but her voice lives on

    Barkhamsted resident Deidamia Shepard died in 1903 but her voice lives on. 
    Deidamia Shepard lived a simple country life on a small farm on Center Hill in Barkhamsted.  She died in 1901 but her voice lives on in the form of her diary in which she recorded the routine events of everyday life, her thoughts and concerns.  The diary found its way by chance into the hands of Dianne Thurston of Manchester.  Dianne was poking around items in a tag sale and was intrigued by the 103 page diary, which she purchased for $2.  The diary was in poor condition, and it was not readily apparent just who made the entries or where they lived.  The story of Deidamia is intriguing because of the many fascinating threads involved: the detective story of how Dianne found the single clue that uncovered where Deidamia lived and who she was; the glimpse into the life of a country women enjoying the small pleasures and facing the hardships on a Barkhamsted farm; the end of life concerns as she grows old. 

    Dianne has presented facets of the story in our Quarterly newsletter and at a May 11 program.  Recently she was interviewed for a feature article in the June 10, 2007 Waterbury Republican newspaper (a story which was picked up by AP).  The Historical Society is very pleased that Dianne has brought to light Deidamia's story.  Dianne has done extensive research on the Deidamia Shepard and is considering recording the story, possibly in book form.

         
    Photo above- Dianne Thurston at the Squire's Tavern with the Deidamia Shepard diary.

        
    Photo above- Dianne Thurston inspects the house foundation where Deidamia Shepard lived (located on MDC land on Center Hill, Barkhamsted).    

  • 2007 Program Series completed

    2007 Program Series completed.
    The 2007 program series was completed on Friday, May 13 with a talk by Dianne Thurston on the diary of Deidamia Shepard, a Barkhamsted resident living on a farm in the late 1890s.  Each year the Barkhamsted Historical Society sponsors a program series held on the second Friday of each month from February to May.  The programs are held at 7:00 p.m. at the Senior Center on West River Road, about 1 mile up from the bridge in Pleasant Valley.  Watch for information on our 2008 series.  Below are the programs from 2007 that we hope you were able to attend.  Thanks so much to Walt Landgraf, Mike Day, Linne Landgraf, Laura Mazza-Dixon and Dianne Thurston for giving their time for these wonderful programs.

    Friday, February 9, 2007

    Barkhamsted Products to the Sea.  Walt Landgraf focused on the products from our forests, farms and industries that entered the world economy via sailing vessels during the 1700's to 1800's. Many Barkhamsted families depended on this trade for part or all  of their income. Products included cheese, sheep, cattle, chairs, wagons, barrels, farm tools and ship building materials.
     
    Friday, March  9, 2007
    Mike Day covered The One-Room School  House; What Was It Really Like?  Using excerpts from letters, official reports and first hand accounts Mike provided a glimpse into the reality of nineteenth century education. Questions about class size, age range, building conditions, discipline, teacher concerns and the treatment of young children were answered using the words of a number of nineteenth century teachers including references to Barkhamsted schools.
     
    Friday, April 13, 2007
    Music of Colonial America featuring Laura Mazza-Dixon on guitar and viola da gamba and Linne Landgraf on flute and recorder playing songs and dance tunes that would have been familiar to folks in the colonies of the 1600's and early 1700's. Music was part of community gatherings, story telling and family activities and came to this country with the new settlers.

    Friday, May 11, 2007 at 7:00 p.m.
    Dianne Thurston told the intriguing story of the long lost Diary of Deidamia Shepard, who lived on a rural farm in Barkhamsted during the 1800's.  When first found, the diary was shrouded in mystery.  It was not readily apparent who the writer was or where she lived.  Dianne told us how she discovered the person behind the diary and some of the details of life on a Barkhamsted farm over 100 years ago.
    Posted May 13 2007, 06:04 PM by Paul with no comments
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