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The 1822 Maine Grasshopper Plague

1822 maine grasshopper plague

In Maine, a dry summer meant an increase in locusts. In 1822, the conditions set the stage perfectly for the Maine grasshopper plague. The spring was drier than usual. Forest fires had swept across large swaths of the state driving ...

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The Six Oldest Courthouses in New England

Some of the oldest courthouses in New England have had revolutionaries argue cases in them. Patriots, heroes and traitors walked within their walls. One of the oldest courthouses served as the seat of state government. One was built to replace ...

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Six Revere Bells

What better way to ring in the New Year than with Revere bells – especially since Paul Revere was born on Jan. 1, 1735 (New Style). A Revere bell in Bath, Maine, will ring in the New Year as it ...

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Six Christmas Firsts for New England

New England is as unlikely a place as there is to celebrate Christmas firsts. After all, Puritans in Massachusetts and Connecticut officially banned the holiday. It wasn’t until the mid-19th century that most New Englanders took the day off, let ...

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Six New England Poorhouses

New England poorhouses are mostly forgotten today, but they were once a very real and often feared part of life in the region. Poorhouses evolved from the English poor laws, passed in the 16th and 17th centuries. They required the ...

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