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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.