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Six Irish Landmarks in New England

Irish landmarks commemorate the history of Irish immigrants in places you might not expect throughout New England. There’s more to Irish-American history than the Great Hunger, the Kennedys and ‘No Irish Need Apply.’ Irish Catholics came to New England along ...

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Married to a Murderer, H.W. Mudgett

Clara Lovering eloped with 17-year-old Herman Webster Mudgett before a New Hampshire justice of the peace in 1878. She didn’t expect him to abandon her and the son born two years later. Nor did she realize until later that she ...

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Six Downtown Department Stores

New England’s grand downtown department stores served patrons all year, meeting routine needs for clothing and household items at prices for all budgets. The department stores didn’t all start out as grand emporiums, they mostly evolved from humble roots: hardware, ...

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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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Six Prohibition Speakeasies You Can Still Visit

When the 18th Amendment to the Constitution took effect on January 17, 1920, New England’s taverns suddenly became speakeasies. Law enforcement couldn’t keep up, and liquor and beer were easy to find. Many old New England homes, drugstores, restaurants and ...

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6 Stops on the Underground Railroad

The Underground Railroad was a network of people who hid fugitives from slavery in their homes during the day and moved them north by night to free states, Canada or England. New England was a natural destination for refugees. The ...

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