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Bidwell Lore – 1745 Expedition to Cape Breton

This article was written by Bidwell House Museum Board Member and Bidwell descendant Rick Wilcox and edited by Heather Kowalski.  Thank you, Rick! The Rev. Adonijah Bidwell graduated from Yale College in 1740, and in 1741 taught school at Hartford and Hartford West Division (now West Hartford).  He was ordained 5 Oct. 1744, and in...

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Bidwell Lore – Old Light New Light

Welcome to the fourth week of Bidwell Lore! Last week we introduced you to a few of Adonijah Bidwell’s ancestors and took look at a poignant letter written by Adonijah’s father, to his mother, shortly before he died. For the next few weeks we will jump around Adonijah’s life a bit, starting today with an article about religious...

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Bidwell Lore – Adonijah’s Ancestors

Hello Friends,  Welcome to the third week of Bidwell Lore! Last week we told you how the Bidwell family traveled to the Massachusetts Bay Colony in the 17th century.  This week we will introduce you to a few of Adonijah Bidwell’s ancestors and also take a look at a poignant letter written by Adonijah’s father, to his...

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Bidwell Lore – From England to the Colonies in 1630

Welcome to the second week of Bidwell Lore! Last week we introduced you to Adonijah Bidwell, the man responsible for building the Bidwell House.  In this post, we are going to go back in time, even before Adonijah was born, to look at the history of the Bidwell Family name and how the Bidwells ended up...

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Bidwell Lore – Why Should We Care About History?

The Bidwell House Museum staff hope that you and yours are safe and healthy in this frightening and uncertain time.  Normally, in March and April the Museum is preparing for the season but this year is unlike any in the Museum’s history and we have had to cancel house tours, the opening concert and the Bidwell Country...