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29 Historic New England Apple Recipes - 1615 to 1960

Of course New Englanders love apples. Apple trees were essential to New England’s history, and today they’re part of both the landscape and the cuisine, featured in cider, fritters, dumplings, sauce, butter and, of course, pie. With the exception of a few crab apple varieties, apples are not native to North America. During the early 17th century, apple seeds, buds and small plants came to the American colonies from Britain. Soon the colonists covered New England with apple orchards, and the rest is history. Click to download.

32 of New England's Best Historical Halloween Events

We looked long and hard to find Halloween events for history lovers, and we came up with some good ones. We chose the best walking tours in New England’s biggest cities. We went off the beaten path to find fascinating presentations of local history with a Halloween spin. We cut through the crowds in Salem, Mass., to bring you the best interpretations of the Witch City’s storied past. Click to download.

Confession of the arsonist who burned the Ursuline Convent

Fifty-three years after the burning of the Ursuline Convent, in Charlestown, Mass., John Buzzell of Pittsfield, N.H., one of the leaders of the mob that destroyed the school for girls talked to a newspaper reporter about why he did it. Click here to read his interview.

Beer in the New England Colonies

From the first days of the New England colonies right up through today New Englanders have loved their beer. The stuff is brewed into our history. The Mayflower probably wouldn’t have even landed in Plymouth if it weren’t running out of beer and its crew afraid that supplies would not last long enough to make the run to Virginia (the intended destination) before the ship ran out. Click here to read more.

Vermont's Amazing Columbus Smith

The life of Vermont's Columbus Smith was filled with highs and lows. The pioneering lawyer built a fortune retrieving lost estates for Americans with British ancestors. He would see, however, that money did not guarantee a happy life for him or his children. Journalist Irving Bachellor recounted his experiences with Smith in one of his books. Click here to read more.


  1. George Brian Sullivan, Ph.D.

    I enjoyed my visit and shared my experience with my brother, Stephen who lives in Louisiana. I sent him two links: 1) The story about Innes the Newport film producer; and, 2) The 29 NE Apple Receipes.
    Thank you very much for the nice visit.

    George Brian Sullivan, Ph.D.

  2. I just got a contract for writing a book called THE HISTORY OF ITALIAN-AMERICAN FOOD IN NEW ENGLAND.
    I am researching people who came to the six New England states with a history of relatives who settled in small enclaves in these area. Looking for why they came there, stories, history and recipes. I come from a small community on Cape Cod. Most people like my grandparents and 2 aunts from Emilia-Romagna. If this interest you, please e-mail me at carafoli@me.com
    Let me know
    John F. Carafoli

  3. Does the NEw England Historical Society provide speakers for civic groups.? I am president of the local historical society in Hooksett and are looking for programs for our membership

  4. How does one submit information to the Society? I don’t see any contact info.

  5. Richard P. Plumer

    I’m in the final stages of writing a book entitled “The Peabodys: New England’s most accomplished family” on ten Peabodys, including Sophia Peabody Hawthorne and would like the Society’s permission to use your photo of Una, Julian, and Rose Hawthorne in the book.

    You might want to look at amazon.com and the four other books I have written under Richard P. Plumer. My middle name is Peabody and I am fourth cousins to Sophia Peabody Hawthorne.
    Thank you for your help,
    Richard Peabody Plumer

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