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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 – Correcting Persistent Myths and Linguistic Bad Habits

Welcome to week 55 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 be discussing persistent myths and linguistic bad habits often perpetuated by outdated stories and history texts. Correcting Persistent Myths and Linguistic...