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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...

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Bidwell Lore – The Mohican Nation and Removals Westward

Welcome to week 58 of Bidwell Lore. This week we continue to share the history of the region before the establishment of Monterey and Tyringham.  Today we discuss how the arrival of the colonists in this area changed Mohican life forever. The Mohican Nation and Removals Westwardby Rob Hoogs Wars Between England and FranceIn the 1700-early 1800s, European countries battled...

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Bidwell Lore – Mohican Territory and Loss of the Homeland

Welcome to week 57 of Bidwell Lore. This week we continue to share the history of the region before the establishment of Monterey and Tyringham.  Today we discuss Mohican territory and loss of land. Mohican Territory and Loss of Homelandby Rob Hoogs The Mohican lands extended from what is now Lake Champlain south nearly to Manhattan Island and on both sides of the Mahicannituck (Hudson River), west to Schoharie...

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Bidwell Lore – Early History of the Mohicans

Welcome to week 56 of Bidwell Lore! This week we continue to introduce our new series The Plan for the City on the Hill, Township No. 1 – Tyringham and Monterey, The Original “Hinterland Settlement.” Today we will share the early history of the Mohicans in this area, before the arrival of the Colonists. The Native Americans told and...