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The Legend of the Barkhamsted Lighthouse

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    • Richard
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    The Legend of the Barkhamsted Lighthouse

    On Sunday, May 17, 2009 The Barkhamsted Historical Society will unveil a large exhibit about the Barkhamsted Lighthouse.  The exhibit features the facts and the legend behind the famous site where James and Molly Chaugham's cabin once stood. Molly a woman of European decent and James a Narragansett Indian man, married and then fled to the northwest hills of Connecticut in the late 18th century.  The Lighthouse and the community that grew up around it was located on East River Road between Pleasant Valley and Riverton and was excavated in 1990 by Dr. Kenneth Feder, an archaeologist from Central Connecticut University.  In December 2008 the Lighthouse was designated as an Archaeological Preserve by the Connecticut Historic Preservation Council. 
     
    At 1:00 on Sunday, May 17th, Dr. Kenneth Feder will give a presentation on the historical background of the Barkhamsted Lighthouse Community at Squires Tavern, 100 East River Road in Barkhamsted. After the presentation, attendees will board a bus and then be led on a walking tour of the Archeological site by Dr. Feder. The walking tour is over rough terrain and attendees should wear comfortable walking shoes.
     
    Space is limited and reservations are required. To reserve your space please call Charlie Lynes at 379-7362. A suggested $5.00 donation will be collected at the door. Don't miss this exciting opportunity to learn about some of Barkhamsted's earliest residents and the Legend of the Barkhamsted Lighthouse.
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