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  • 317) Archeology students visit Squire's Tavern

    317)   Archeology students visit Squire's Tavern - May 31, 2007
                     Dr. Ken Feder, archeologist at Central Connecticut State University, visited the Squire's Tavern with a group of students.  Walt Landgraf gave the class a tour of the Tavern building and showed them pottery and glass shards recovered from a dig on the grounds of the Tavern.  The group then visited nearby sites in Barkhamsted that are potential areas for future summer field work.  One site is the Oakley foundation.  The Oakleys were the daughter and son-in-law of Daniel Bennett who is thought to have been the builder of the Squire's Tavern.  The other site visited was the Freeman Jacklin foundation.  Jacklin's son married Hannah Chaugham, daughter of James and Molly. 

  • 316) Third grade students visit historic sites

    316)   Third grade students visit historic sites - May 23, 2007
                     Barkhamsted Elementary School third grade students dressed in period costume spend the day visiting a variety of historic sites in the town of Barkhamsted.  Included on the itinerary is the Squire's Tavern and the Barkhamsted Center Schoolhouse, both operated by the Historical Society.  The students were involved with several activities at each location including a tour of rooms at the Tavern conducted by Historical Society President Walt Landgraf.  Walt discussed how the Inn was operated and also the fact that it was at the center of a large farm. 


    Walt Landgraf leads a group of third grade students into the Squire's Tavern.  The students spent the day learning about facets of the town's history at a variety of sites.

    Posted May 23 2007, 09:39 AM by Paul with no comments
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  • 315) Stencil Workshop at Squire's Tavern

    315)   Stencil Workshop at Squire's Tavern - May 15, 2007
                     Historical Society volunteer Linne Landgraf hosted a stencil workshop at the Squire's Tavern.  A group of seven people organized by the Salmon Brook Historical Society visited the Tavern to learn more about the wall stencils.  In 2004 Linne and other volunteers completed wall stenciling in the front parlor of the Tavern.  The stencil work was based on original stencils found in what is now the liquor keep.  Stencil work is now nearing completion in the ball room of the Tavern (see log entry #306 below).  During the stencil workshop on Tuesday, Linne provided insights on how the original wall stenciling were discovered, how layers of paint were removed that had covered the stencils, and the research that had been done to recreate the wall stencil patterns used in the restored rooms.  Linne discussed the input we received from historic building consultant John Curtis, paint expert Brian Powell and stencil consultant Mary Lou Davis.  

    Posted May 15 2007, 09:37 AM by Paul with no comments
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  • 314) Work continues on the Squire's Tavern woodshed floor

    314)   Work continues on the Squire's Tavern woodshed floor - May 9, 2007
                     Volunteers continue the project in the Squire's Tavern woodshed, installing floor boards to cover the dirt floor and match the floor in the first section.


    Photos above - Volunteers unload lumber and install floor boards in the second section of the Tavern woodshed.

  • 313) First regularly scheduled weekend hours at the Squire's Tavern!

    313)   First regularly scheduled weekend hours at the Squire's Tavern! - May 6, 2007
                     The Squire's Tavern opened on Sunday, May 6 from 1:00 to 3:00 for our first regularly scheduled weekend hours.  Each Sunday the Tavern will be open to the curious and those wishing to learn about a piece of Barkhamsted history.  Volunteers will be on hand to show you around the Squire's Tavern or to help you with other questions you may have on the people and culture of our fair town.  The Tavern is also open on Wednesday mornings from 9:00 to noon.  For sale at the Tavern are a number of items including the Barkhamsted Heritage book and a very colorful reprint of an 1874 map of the town. 

    Posted May 06 2007, 09:23 AM by Paul with 2 comment(s)
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  • 312) Work starts on woodshed floor at the Squire's Tavern

    312)   Work starts on woodshed floor at the Squire's Tavern - May 2, 2007
                     Volunteer workers begin work on the woodshed floor at the Tavern.  One section of the woodshed already has a board floor and we want to build a similar floor in the second section.  The initial work involves digging out material and leveling up the dirt floor so that the floor joists to be installed are at the same height as the existing floor.


    Photo above - Volunteers Mike Ream (at right) and Dave Ravasio (in shadows) level up the dirt floor in the second section of the Tavern woodshed.

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