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  • 303) Potash stone discovered at the Squire's Tavern

    303) Potash stone discovered at the Squire's Tavern - October 25, 2006 The Historical Society volunteer crew took time out from work at the Squire's Tavern to dig up an odd looking stone that was part of the walkway in front of the Tavern. The smooth stone appeared to be possibly an abandoned...
    Posted to Work Log (Weblog) by Paul on 10-25-2006
  • 278) Stair location discovered

    278) Stair location discovered - December 22, 2004 Volunteers scraping paint in the basement stairway discover the faint outline of what was probably the original stairway to the second floor at the Squire's Tavern. We know the existing stairway was not the original but were never sure exactly where...
    Posted to Work Log (Weblog) by Paul on 12-22-2004
  • 249) Squires Tavern research

    249) Squires Tavern research - February 5, 2003 Walt Landgraf continues research work on Bela Squire and the tavern and farm that he owned during the 19th century. US census records show that that Bela was first on the list of real estate value held by Barkhamsted residents in 1850 and again in 1860...
    Posted to Work Log (Weblog) by Paul on 02-05-2003
  • 139) Squires Tavern work party

    139) Squires Tavern work party - January 2, 2002 A major discovery is made: old wall stencils are uncovered in a closet off the front kitchen. Research indicates that the stencils are possibly from about 1815. Evidence points toward the possibility that the closet area originally was a part of the front...
    Posted to Work Log (Weblog) by Paul on 01-02-2002
  • 129) Research trip to Old Sturbridge Village

    129) Research trip to Old Sturbridge Village - December 12, 2001 Seven Squires Tavern committee members go to Old Sturbridge Village and meet there with experts Jack Larkin and Ed Hood. These two along with other Sturbridge Village staff provided some good background and addressed specific issues relating...
    Posted to Work Log (Weblog) by Paul on 12-12-2001
  • 124) Squires Tavern committee meeting

    124) Squires Tavern committee meeting - November 24, 2001 Major areas of discussion: 1) how to rebuild/repair the two bulkhead entrances to the cellar in an historically accurate manner; 2) decisions are made on how to proceed on construction details including the addition of a second flue and thimble...
    Posted to Work Log (Weblog) by Paul on 11-24-2001
  • 122) Squires Tavern support work

    122) Squires Tavern support work - ongoing Walt Landgraf and Dave Ravasio spend a significant amount of time on critical aspects of the project on almost a daily basis. This work includes materials research, working with contractors, meeting with potential contractors and historic experts, meeting with...
    Posted to Work Log (Weblog) by Paul on 11-19-2001
  • 103) Input from Simsbury Historical Society

    103) Input from Simsbury Historical Society - October 11, 2001 Leslie gets input from the Simsbury Historical Society on issues they dealt with early on in the work on the Phelps Tavern, including how important it is to have expert guidance in the proper restoration procedures.
    Posted to Work Log (Weblog) by Paul on 10-11-2001
  • 44) Building investigation

    44) Building investigation - April 9, 2001 Walt Landgraf and Fred Warner take a close look at certain features of the Squires Tavern building, especially the basement, crawl space and attic in an effort to determine the age and construction of the main house and ell. It appears that the main part of...
    Posted to Work Log (Weblog) by Paul on 04-09-2001
  • 41) Research effort produces another key fact

    41) Research effort produces another key fact - March 8, 2001 Walt Landgraf's team of researchers continues genealogy and land records work. One key fact that comes to light is the earliest reference found so far of a house at the site. In an 1801 deed from Bennett to Upson, the house is specifically...
    Posted to Work Log (Weblog) by Paul on 03-08-2001
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