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A Drover’s Tale: Along Great Road and Turnpike, from Meriam’s Corner to the Wapack Range (Part 3)

NOTE: The third (and the longest) of three posts in a series titled “A Drover’s Tale” A “most novel and interesting walk” Henry David Thoreau was an exemplar and prophet of American pedestrian exploration. In his classic essay “Walking,” published shortly after his death in 1862, he famously declared “that in Wildness is the preservation…Continue readingA Drover’s Tale: Along Great Road and Turnpike, from Meriam’s Corner to the Wapack Range (Part 3)

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A Drover’s Tale: Along Great Road and Turnpike, from Meriam’s Corner to the Wapack Range (Part 2)

NOTE: The second of three posts in a series titled “A Drover’s Tale” Part 2: Stagecoach, Tavern, Turnpike After leaving Knops Pond, as Marion Davis later recalled, she and Frank Robbins would drive their herds through Groton, the relatively unsettled southern part of Pepperell, and the villages of Townsend Harbor and Townsend Center. “We’d .…Continue readingA Drover’s Tale: Along Great Road and Turnpike, from Meriam’s Corner to the Wapack Range (Part 2)

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A Drover’s Tale: Along Great Road and Turnpike, from Meriam’s Corner to the Wapack Range (Part 1)

NOTE: “A Drover’s Tale” will be published in three separate posts, of which this is the first. Part 1: “Pasture Day” “May twentieth was what they used to call Pasture Day–go get the cattle from down country.” Marion Buck Davis lived in New Ipswich, New Hampshire, in the hill country just to the north of…Continue readingA Drover’s Tale: Along Great Road and Turnpike, from Meriam’s Corner to the Wapack Range (Part 1)

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A Long Ramble on Little Compton Roads

I recently visited the Little Compton Town Hall to research the minutes of Town Meetings during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. While tracking the history of Town Meeting actions concerning bounties on crows, hawks, and foxes (a story I’ll relate in a later post), I was brought up short by a vote at…Continue readingA Long Ramble on Little Compton Roads

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“Do We Have Enough Water in Little Compton?”

In the mid-1990s, during sometimes contentious Little Compton public meetings about the activities of local land conservation organizations, the drafting of the town’s Comprehensive Plan, and various other issues involving the town’s natural resources, one long-time resident would sometimes offer an anecdote about the source of the town’s groundwater. Her father, she would declare, had…Continue reading“Do We Have Enough Water in Little Compton?”