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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...

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Bidwell Lore – Reenacting An Early American Life Part II

Welcome to week 71 of Bidwell Lore! Last week we began a new series called “Reenacting an American Life,”  where John Demos imagines two weeks of diary entries for Reverend Bidwell, one for a week in April 1752 and one for a week in December 1779-December 1780.  For the first installment, which you can read...

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Bidwell Lore – Reenacting an Early American Life

Welcome to week 70 of Bidwell Lore! We took a few weeks off while preparing for a takeover of the property by the British and Continental armies. Things have now gone back to normal and we are happy to be back with a new series for the next few weeks called “Reenacting an Early American Life”...

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Bidwell Lore – The Meeting House Continued

Last week, we learned how Township No. 1’s Meeting House was finally constructed so it could be used by Rev. Adonijah Bidwell for weekly services and for town business. This week, we’ll see if we can figure out what the building may have looked like, and some of the formative events that were discussed and...

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Bidwell Lore – The Meeting House

Welcome to week 64 of Bidwell Lore. This week we share more information about the completion of the first Meeting House in Township #1. As we have learned over the past few weeks, it took more than thirteen years to build the first Meeting House in Township No. 1. But, finally, in October 1750, the Meeting House and...

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Bidwell Lore – A New Minister for Township #1

Welcome to week 63 of Bidwell Lore. This week we talk about the selection of Adonijah Bidwell as the new minister of Township #1 We learned in the last article that it took 13 years of struggles and effort—from 1737 to 1750—to make real progress toward completing the first meeting house in Township No. 1.  This was due...

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Bidwell Lore – The Meeting House and the Minister, Continued

Last week, we followed the efforts of the Proprietors—both the residents in Township No. 1 and the non-resident landowners who still lived in and near Watertown—who were trying to do what they needed to do to fulfill their dream for a City on the Hill: finish building their Meeting House on the hill, engage a...

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Bidwell Lore – The Founding of the City on the Hill, Part I

Welcome to week 59 of Bidwell Lore. This week we begin the story of the creation of Township #1, which later became Tyringham and was finally divided in the 19th century into Monterey and Tyringham. The Founding of the City on the Hill, Part Iby Rob Hoogs For the past few weeks, we have briefly outlined the Mohican...