The early days of Franklin County, MA, and its various towns and townships, are recalled through a mixture of colorful tales and factual data in this NEW 64 Page Booklet, reprinted primarily from two hard-to-find books: the 1839 edition of Historical Collections of Massachusetts by John Warner Barber, and Massachusetts, a Guide to its Places and People, a WPA project. The spiral-bound booklet is printed on 60# paper, with the print enlarged for easier reading. A sheet of clear vinyl has been added to protect the front cover. INSERTED IN THE BOOKLET is a copy of the Map of Massachusetts which accompanied the Barber book. The map is printed in black ink on natural parchtex paper. The communities mentioned include: Ashfield, Bernardston, Buckland, Charlemont, Coleraine, Conway, Deerfield, Erving, Gill, Greenfield, Hawley, Heath, Leverett, Leyden, Monroe, Montague, New Salem, Northfield, Orange, Plainfield, Rowe, Shelburne, Shutesbury, Spruce Corner, South Deerfield, Sunderland, Warwick, Wendall and Whately. The Barber history covers the development of this area until about 1839, while excerpts from the WPA book, give a nostalgic glimpse from a 1940 vantage point, including interesting historical notes, especially as they relate to sightseeing possibilities. The many and diverse topics in the booklet include: Early Settlers; Early Churches; Where names of Places Came from; Early Industries; Deerfield Academy and other Educational Institutions; King Phillip's War, the Battle Called "Fall Flight" and Land Granted 59 Years Later; Battle of Lake George; View of a Soldier's Life in 1755 from the Diary of Major John Burke; List of Tories in Conway; 116 Year Old Man; Disaster at Beer's Plain; Ambush of Capt. Thomas Lathrop at Deerfield; the Great Deerfield Raid of 1704 when Captives were taken to Canada; Natural Wonders; Tombstone Inscriptions; Graphic Accounts of Incidents in the French and Indian Wars - Muddy Brook or Bloody Brook?; a Religious Sect Called the Dorrellites; the Composition of Mount Toby and other interesting bits of history and trivia.
Franklin County, MA
Sources: Historical Collections of Massachusetts / Franklin County History
Authors: John Warner Barber
Original Publication Year: 1840
Original Publisher: Dorr, Howland and Co.
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