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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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The Pet Names of Famous New Englanders

When the Pilgrims came to America on the Mayflower, they brought with them two dogs described as a spaniel and a mastiff. Though their names are unknown, the pet names of many famous four-legged New Englanders have not been lost ...

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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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6 Historic Haunted Houses in New England

Haunted houses belong to New England lore as Revolutionary battles or clipper ship races. New Englanders have been aware of the supernatural since Cotton Mather blamed earthquakes on the devil. New England. Ghosts, witches, devils and monsters in human shape ...

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6 New Deal Projects Still in Use

The New Deal put tens of millions of people to work and changed the landscape in every New England city and town. It put sidewalks on streets, bridges over rivers, hiking trails in forests, seawalls on beaches and public buildings ...

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