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Bidwell Lore – Major General John Paterson

Welcome to week 81 of Bidwell Lore! This week we will be telling you about Major General John Paterson, Deborah Sampson’s commanding officer, who was briefly mentioned last week. Major General John Paterson: Commanding Office of Deborah Sampson More than 225 men from Lenox, Mass, participated in the Revolutionary War and those they left at home...

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Bidwell Lore – Letters from the Bidwell Family

Welcome to week 78 of Bidwell Lore! For today’s Bidwell Lore, we are sharing 3 letters from the family of Adonijah Bidwell, Jr (1761-1837). The first is from his son Lawson Bidwell (1791-1863), the second from his wife Melicent Dench Bidwell (1764-1860), and the third is from his son Barnabas (1796-1882). Adonijah, Jr., married Melicent Dench of Hopkinton in 1789,...

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Bidwell Lore – Laurel Cottage

Welcome to week 77 of Bidwell Lore! This week we share one more article about Laurel Cottage, written by Rick Wilcox in April, 2014. Laurel Cottage and the Bidwell Connectionsby Rick Wilcox, April 1, 2014 On Wednesday, September 16, 1953, the Berkshire Evening Eagle published an Op-Ed article penned by Grace Bidwell Wilcox, titled The Ghosts of...

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Bidwell Lore – Laurel Cottage’s Four-Star History

Welcome to week 76 of Bidwell Lore! This week we stay on the subject of Laurel Cottage in Stockbridge with an article written by local historian Bernard A. Drew. Laurel Cottage’s Four-Star historyby Bernard A. Drew This article originally appeared in The Berkshire Eagle, 10 September 2005. Lightning may seldom strike twice in nature, but it’s...

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Bidwell Lore: Harriet Beecher Stowe and Laurel Cottage Part II

Welcome to week 75 of Bidwell Lore! This week, we have the second part of Rick Wilcox’s story about Harriet Beecher Stowe and Laurel Cottage in Stockbridge. It is an interesting tale that you will definitely enjoy. The Ox, the Ass, and Judge Byington’s Gate: Harriet Beecher Stowe and Laurel Cottage Part II To read Part I...

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Bidwell Lore – Harriet Beecher Stowe and Laurel Cottage, Part I

Welcome to week 74 of Bidwell Lore! We have a new 2-part story from Rick Wilcox this week about Harriet Beecher Stowe and Laurel Cottage in Stockbridge. It is an interesting tale that you will definitely enjoy. The following story was gleaned from the files of the Stockbridge Library Museum & Archives and the Bidwell family...

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Bidwell Lore – Reenacting an American Life, Part IV

Welcome to week 73 of Bidwell Lore! We continue below with the final installment of the series “Reenacting an Early American Life” by our guest columnist, the esteemed Samuel Knight Professor of American History Emeritus at Yale University,  John Demos. This week Demos finishes the narrative as 1779 turns to 1780.  For today’s installment, we share  December...

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Bidwell Lore – Reenacting an Early American Life, Part III

Welcome to week 72 of Bidwell Lore! For part 3 of this series,  John Demos moves forward in time almost 30 years to imagine Reverend Bidwell’s life during the last week of December, 1779.  For today’s installment, we share  December 27, 28 and 29. The previous two installments imagined a week in April 1752, which you...