2008 program series continues with May 9 discussion on herbs and Colonial use of herbs.

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    2008 program series continues with May 9 discussion on herbs and Colonial use of herbs.

    The Historical Society is pleased to announce our annual program series for 2008 held on the second Friday of the month from February to May.  The programs are all at the Senior Center in Pleasant Valley, about a mile up West River Road from the bridge.  They start at 7:00 p.m. and refreshments are offered at the conclusion of each program.  This year topics include:

    Friday, February 8, 2008
    Colebrook Forge Archaeology.
      Dr. Marc Banks will discuss 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 will present 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 covers 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 will cover the residents of the river valley living there in an earlier time. 

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