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June 2018 Source Guide
People: Finding Lost Towns
Places: Sequoyah’s Cabin Musem
From three trees and ancient ingenuity, any homeowner could fashion a well sweep to lift water from a shallow well without backbreaking work. Despite their usefulness, few sweeps remain in the landscape.
Though now remembered as a wedding night distraction, shivaree was a humiliating punishment inflicted on a bridegroom thought to have violated a community’s moral code, a custom brought to America by various ethnic groups.
A Visit to Old Wethersfield
Old Wethersfield preserves its heritage as Connecticut’s oldest town (1633), a seaport that blossomed with red onions then went to seed, fostering a new industry. Today residents take pride in their historic homes and open their doors for our visit.
Strawberries in America
American settlers discovered wild strawberries soon after they arrived, picking them in meadows and woodlands. By the 19th Century, cross-breeders were growing bigger berries for export, but at the cost of sweetness.
Crab Apple Gap: Population One
James Chandler didn’t just buy a 10-acre farm in North Carolina in 1996—he bought a village. While living in its old schoolhouse, he restored the main farmhouse and built a workshop in which he restores antiques.
Surveying & The Mason-Dixon Line
Determining boundaries proved crucial in a country where immigrants counted their worth in acres. Surveyors numbered among the elite—George Washington was one—earning their wealth in pounds and land.
Shirley Fox, born and bred in southeastern Pennsylvania, rescued and restored an 18th-Century stone farmhouse to National Register status and used the land around it for training horses and riders.
Golf Comes to America
When immigrants from Scotland came to America, they brought the game they developed—golf—with them. Despite scarce records, historians believe the game first took hold in Charleston, South Carolina.