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The Last Skirmish of King Philip’s War, 1676 – Part II

Welcome to the ninth week of Bidwell Lore! Last week we read Part I of the essay  The Last Skirmish of King Philip’s War, 1676 from guest writer and local Berkshires historian Bernard Drew.  This essay has been adapted by Mr. Drew from a chapter in his book Henry Knox and the Revolutionary War Trail in Western Massachusetts (McFarland, 2012).  At...

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Rev. Adonijah Bidwell and the Siege of Louisbourg

This section of the series was put together by Rob Hoogs, President of the Bidwell House Museum Board of Trustees, and Heather Kowalski.  Thank you, Rob! Last week, Bidwell Lore introduced you to the regional history that led to the expedition to Cape Breton and the eventual Siege of Louisbourg.  To supplement the history, we...

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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 – 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...