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Volume 6, Number 3                         Kent, Connecticut                          December 2005

              What’s Wrong With the Swift House?
                    Will an X-Ray Tell Us?
 The venerable old Swift                                                 very special building.
 House, next to the Patco sta-                                           Emily Hopson rescued it
 tion, is ailing. The house is                                           once from the wrecking
 one of the oldest in down-                                              ball, and we must honor
 town Kent, and is in desper-                                            her commitment to it!
 ate need of much repair. In an                                          Secondly – HVP will ex-
 effort to assess the situation,                                         plain how the X-ray proc-
 the Board of Selectmen’s Kent                                           ess can help you make the
 Building Preservation Com-                                              correct decisions with your
 mittee has engaged the help                                             old house. So often, the his-
 of Hudson Valley Preserva-                                              toric integrity of an antique
 tion Corp. HVP is in the proc-                                          house is destroyed in the
 ess of doing what they call                                             process of updating and
 “An Old House X-Ray” to see                                             remodeling. HVP will
 just what the condition of the structure really       show you how you can make your old gem
 is. They are crawling through the house, inch         more comfortable without ruining the his-
 by inch, taking note of every little detail. When     tory of the house in the process. Kent is full
 they are done, they will present the results of       of ancient old buildings, but unfortunately
 the X-Ray to the public. This special program         many of them are being destroyed. Often
 will be at the Swift House on Sunday, January         this destruction is not intentional, but rather
 29 th, at 3PM (snow date February 12 th). Admis-      is simply done through ignorance of proper
 sion is free, and you should be here! If you own      alternatives. The Town of Kent, the Kent
 an old house, your really should be here!!            Historical Society and HVP would like to
      Why is this important? For two reasons.          help put a stop to this trend. We can’t do it
 First – the Swift House is owned by the Town          without you! So, please mark your calen-
 of Kent, and is a real treasure. It has a long his-   dars for January 29th, and plan to meet us
 tory, some of which just came to light during         here!
 the X-Ray process, and is a good illustration of         What follows is an explanation of the X-
 the history of the town itself. There is some         ray process, written by Mason Lord, of
 money in the town coffers for the Swift House         Hudson Valley Preservation. If you have
 upkeep, but it is not enough. We all need to          any questions, please feel free to call the
 get together to see what we can do to save this       Historical Society at 927-4587.
    The Purpose of an Old House X-Ray
You just bought an old home and want to make              problems, they can consider the impact of their
some improvements such as a new family room               design decisions on what the project will look
addition or renovated kitchen. You love the de-           like and how much it will cost. The homeowner
sign, settled on the financial investment and             can plan, and adjust their spending on the en-
signed an agreement with the building contrac-            tire project. Maybe the addition becomes
tor. You and your family are raring to go. Eve-           slightly smaller because $ 5,000.00 must be
rybody is excited because demolition is about to          spent to repair the rotten gable end framing.
begin. Wait. Your excitement is tempered by the           Remember, it is not a surprise if you can plan
voices in the back of your head. These voices             for it. This will keep the project on schedule,
are your friends and neighbors telling their              and the necessary resources available.
renovation stories/nightmares. The unexpected
problems that nobody knew about, not even                 Goals of an old House X-Ray
your trusted architect or builder. The honey-
moon phase quickly ends and the finger point-              §    Finding Problems before construction.
ing begins. Project is delayed, and who pays for                Architects and builders experienced with
the surprises? You of course!                                   old homes will have a sense if something
                                                                is wrong. Stained exterior woodwork
Who likes surprises when dealing with their old                 could point to a leaking roof. Spreading
home? Occasionally there are fun revelations;                   floor boards and cracking plaster could
like the time capsule we once found that was                    indicate structural movement. The idea of
left by the original builder in a column of an old              an old house X-ray is to go beyond the
home. Usually the “bolt from the blue” that                     cursory look, and understand the problem
people experience with old homes cost them                      completely. By making some inconspicu-
money. And the money spent on these surprises                   ous probe holes in the interior and exte-
is not for fun things like a new soaking bathtub                rior finishes (repaired after the look see, of
or beautiful stone countertop. The items that                   course), greater knowledge of the building
catch you unaware on old houses usually have                    can be gained. The objective is to know
to do with rotten structure, mold issues, and                   clearly what the problem is, how far it
mechanical failures. Why are these issues sur-                  goes, what mechanical systems will be
prises? Why can’t an experienced architect or                   affected by its repair, and what will it cost.
builder discover these problems before they be-                 Additionally there may be an A, B and C
come a bombshell? It’s because the problems                     way of making the repair with compro-
are hidden. Hidden from even the most discern-                  mises and cost differentials for each op-
ing eye. Just like a doctor can not get to the bot-             tion. The goal is to gain enough knowl-
tom of your aching back without some tests and                  edge of the problem so that the whole
probes, an old house requires deeper investiga-                 team; homeowner, designer and builder
tion than a cursory look to determine what is                   are comfortable with the approach.
really going on.
                                                               § Good surprises.
The purpose of an old house “X-Ray” is to dis-                   The initial ideas for a project are altered
cover the problems at the earliest stage of a pro-               when a fireplace and beehive oven is dis-
ject, even before the project design begins. If the              covered in an area full of built-ins and
design team understands the home and its                         closets.
                                                                                       Continued on Page 3


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The Purpose of an Old House X-Ray                        in a house. Two dimensional room layout sheets
Continued from Page 2                                    will help some people begin to comprehend
                                                         their home. Three dimensional computer aided
                                                         design drawings will bring the comprehension
       o Original molding from the eighteenth            to a new level. Today’s software has been de-
         century is saved and incorporated into          signed for better communication between de-
         the design of a renovation because the          signers, builders and homeowners can see a
         person performing the X-Ray under-              home from any perspective. Dollhouse view,
         stood the value of this historic find.          with the roof off, glasshouse view looking
       o Windows and doors are reused and relo-          through the walls, overlay view of the second
         cated because their historic value is now       floor on the first floor showing where walls
         understood by the homeowner.                    from one floor are in relation to the next are
                                                         only a few perspectives. Taken even further,
More than I need or want to know                         computer modeling can locate the “bones” of a
                                                         house in relationship to the mechanical systems.
Not all discoveries found during an x-ray will
need to be addressed. Not all areas of a home
will need to be investigated during an X-ray.            Summary
Maybe you only x-ray the areas of the home in
critical condition or where new work will be             Picture this
constructed. The doctor does not x-ray your el-          A homeowner lives in an old house and knows
bow when it is your knee that hurts, but he may          that there are problems. These problems may be
look further into the large misshapen mole on            design driven, or function driven. The home-
your back even if you don’t bring it up. If an ad-       owner will have ideas on correcting the prob-
dition is planned on the west side of your house,        lems, but not the expertise to design or imple-
maybe you don’t dig as deeply into the East              ment the solutions. What should the home-
side.                                                    owner do? One option would be to follow this 6
                                                         step process
Where the professional should look and, if
needed, probe                                               1) The Homeowner, Designer and Design
                                                               Builder look at the existing conditions.
   §    Areas the homeowner is worried about.
   §    Where the spiders, bats and rats live!              2) The Design builder Probes, Investigates
        Basements, crawlspaces and attics.                     and Measures
   §    Bouncing floors and shaking walls.
   §    Cracking plaster.                                   3) The Designer creates a 3 dimensional
   §    Mechanical systems, electric, heating and              computer model of the house.
        cooling and plumbing.
   §    Wood framing that bends, bows or                    4) Designer and Design Builder present the
        twists                                                 existing conditions to the homeowner.
   §    Discoloration on the interior or exterior
        of the house                                        5) The entire team understands the existing
   §    Roofs and Chimneys.                                    conditions and can now work together
                                                               designing solutions.
Computer modeling of the existing conditions
                                                            6) Once the entire team is comfortable with
A homeowner with experience in renovations
                                                               the solutions, and the financial invest-
appreciates the value a simple floor plan will
                                                               ment, the solutions can be built.
provide to help understand the layout of rooms

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                    A Story Teller of Kent
Among the many in-                                                                          boys) were supposed
teresting books we                                                                          to have the house
have for sale in our                                                                        open – and when the
Gift Shop                                                                                   train came in, they
“Bookstore” is one                                                                          were supposed to
entitled “Sherm                                                                             take the furniture
Chase Remembers, a                                                                          over to it.
Kent Life 1900 to                                                                           The train was due to
1982”. Published by                                                                         be in Kent at five or
the Kent Historical                                                                         six that night. We got
Society and the Chase                                                                       to Kent about two
Family in 1991, it is a                                                                     o’clock in the morn-
                                              Sherm Chase’s First Ford Truck
wealth of memories                                                                          ing. It was very cold.
from one of Kent’s                                                                          Joe and I walked
most fascinating citizens. In the introduction                 over to the house in Macedonia where we were
to the book, Emily Hopson wrote “Through his                   going to live and there was nobody there. We
life at lumbering he knew every road, every nook               went out to the barn and there was a lot of hay
and cranny of Kent and the surrounding area. He                there. So we crawled into the hay and stayed
had interesting contacts with “grass roots’ people             there until morning. Along a little after daylight
everywhere. His inventive mind brought him inter-              we went up to Grandpa Chase’s where he lived
esting experiences. In his late years Sherm was                up in the Kirk place in Bog Hollow. They all
confined to a wheel chair at his home in Flanders.             went down to the station and got the furniture
Alert and widely concerned with many things, he                out of the car and got everything going about
taped sixteen roles of recollections of life in the            the time Father and Mother came. We lived in
Kent area. The record of those tapes presents a                Macedonia for many years…..I got all my
vivid picture of the life of a self-made man in the            schooling at the Macedonia Schoolhouse. Miss
town in the 1900s with many glimpses of people                 Ramsey, who taught school, was an elderly
and happenings. Sherm Chase died in 1982 – one of              maiden lady. In the morning, when the children
the last of a special breed of grass roots elf-reliant
                                                               first went into school, they used to sing some
citizens.” We would like to share with you
                                                               religious songs. The old lady was very enthused
here a few excerpts from this delightful book:
                                                               when she was doing that. She was up front one
                                                               morning, singing – well, waving her hands. All
“Macedonia. The start of this story is 1900
                                                               at once her petticoat came down, and her under-
when we moved from Becket, Massachusetts
                                                               clothes with it. She was singing away and pretty
to Kent. Father rented a freight car, put the
                                                               soon she had to step back. She looked down and
cow in one end, the furniture in the other, and
                                                               she couldn’t step. She had an awful time gather-
Joe and I rode in the car with them. We were
                                                               ing up those clothes and getting them up so she
about seven and nine years old. My oldest sis-
                                                               could get out into the other part of the school
ter lived in Cornwall Hollow, or Cornwall
                                                               and hook them up….
Center, and Father and Mother with the three
smaller children drove down with the horse                     “We didn’t have much supervision when we
and wagon and stayed there until the next                      were kids. We had chores to do and we did a lot
day…My father had bought (rented) a house                      of work around home all the time, but we could
in Macedonia. Wheat, Ed and Al (the older                      go about as we might the rest of the time. We

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had guns and fish poles and one thing and an-                 Millard Soule’s farm (now the home of Don and
other. We were about nine, ten, maybe eleven. I               Leslie Connery). The adventures of the Chase fam-
remember one time we went up to a place where                 ily continued on the mountain, with Sherm be-
there was a fellow quite a little older than I was.           coming acquainted with the Pecks, Panes, Skiffs,
He had an old muzzle-loading shot gun. I thought              Kinneys, Tobins and Pratts. He remembered the
it would be a nice thing for me to have to shoot              old North Kent Road, down which the Skiff Moun-
woodchucks and things like that. I finally worked             tain dairy farmers took their milk to the creamery
it out to get the gun. The man showed me all                  on the other side of the river (the road that the
about how to work it and shot it once for me. He              townspeople of Kent just voted not to abandon).
would pour out a handful of powder and put it in              There was also a mill and a store by the creamery.
the gun. Then he had a ramrod that fitted on the
underside and you pulled it out and hammered                  “When the North Kent Bridge went out, they
down the powder and put it in the gun. Then you               [the Tobins] put a manure spreader on a cable
hammered in some wet or wadded paper and put                  and put their cans in that. It would be taken
in so many shot, hammered that in, put some pa-               up to the creamery and they’d get their gro-
per over it and packed it tight. I took the gun and           ceries and cans back across the river. If you
went home pretty proud that night. A couple of                had to go around by Kent, it was a long way
days later I went up the side hill, crept along the           by horse and wagon….
side wall and there was a woodchuck over the
wall a ways. I had the old gun all loaded. I figured          “There was a man named Hen Sterry used to
I needed about two handfuls of powder because                 work for different ones up on the mountain.
the other fellow’s hand was so much bigger than               This man Sterry lived down across from the
mine. I stuck the old gun over the wall and waited            Kent Furnace in Alder City. There were a
until the woodchuck sat up in his hole. I fired.              number of houses and families lived there.
Well, I don’t know where the woodchuck went,                  Smallpox broke out and everyone became
but I went right over backwards and I guess the               sick. I don’t know whether Sterry had rela-
kick I got in my shoulder is why I have rheuma-               tives there but it seems that he went down
tism there today....                                          and took care of the people. In the end they
                                                              all died of the disease. After that, I was told
“[Up in Bog Hollow] was the Schermerhorn place.               no one would live in those houses. Sterry was
Three old people lived there – two old ladies and             the only one who lived there….
their brother Egbert. The house was one of the nic-
est houses in town. They kept the neatest place.              “During the summer months we used to go
The women used to work outdoors and they’d                    down about twice a week to get the paper at
cover themselves with flour sacks. They used to               the Flanders Store. Joe and I would go down
wash them nice and clean and use them as aprons.              the Choggam Road [Skiff Mountain Road]
Egbert Schermerhorn was a tin peddler. He went                and cross the river at the “Riding Way”. This
all over the country as far as the Mississippi River.         crossed at the foot of the mountain to the tip
Then he’d come home and make up more tin. He                  of the island and up the bank by the Furnace.
had a long white beard and he had lost one arm.               There was one place where the water was up
They kept a horse and an old fashioned buck-                  to our shoulders. We’d take off our clothes
board with wooden wheels and axle. Egbert was                 and hold them across. Then we’d put them on
quite a story teller. Boy, you could listen to him all        and walk up to Gilbert’s store and get grocer-
day…”                                                         ies and papers. Then we’d do the same thing
                                                              going back, carrying groceries too.”
Sherm goes on to describe many more of his Macedonia          This is only a small portion of the stories in the book.
neighbors, all of whom he regarded with great affection       Sherm’s memories continue, as he recounts a life full of
and humor. In 1908, the family moved up to Skiff              activity. He eventually got mar-
Mountain, where his mother had bought her brother             ried and had his own sawmill.       Continued on Page 6

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                               Holiday Shopping at KHS
Have you ever thought of doing                                                      medallion commemorating the
your Holiday shopping at the Kent                                                   beautiful old barns we have in
Historical Society? No? Well, think                                                 Kent? The medallion can be
again! We have a wonderful selec-                                                   used as a Christmas ornament, or
tion of small books about the history                                               hung in a window, or made into
of Kent. The series is called “Kent                                                 a necklace. This medallion is the
Tales”, and includes “Barzillai Slos-                                               first in what will be a series of
son’s History of Kent & Other Bits of History”,                                     annual pewter ornaments offered
“Sherm Chase Remembers”, “Iron Fever”, “Rufus                       by the Kent Historical Society. Each year we
Fuller and the South Kent Ore Bed” and “The Pratts                  will feature a Kent scene or building. This
of Macedonia”. We also feature a memoir by                          year, since it is The Year of the Barn, we are
George Laurence Nelson about his life at Seven                      portraying John Lindberg’s barn on Bulls
Hearths, called “New Life for Old Timber”. An-                      Bridge Road. The medallions are also for sale
other very special book, for the artist on your list,               at the Town Clerk’s office.
is Robert Austin’s “Artists of the Litchfield
                                                                    We have turned many of our old photos into
Hills”. This is a superbly written and richly illus-
                                                                    magnets that would make great stocking stuff-
trated history of the Art Colony that made Kent
                                                                    ers or refrigerator magnets. For just a few pen-
famous in the early days of the last century. In
                                                                    nies, you can give someone a piece of old
addition, we also offer Phil Camp’s delightful se-
                                                                    Kent.
ries on farm life in Kent. For anyone who wants
to get a real feel for Kent’s rural flavor, these                   Finally, as a souvenir of our Barn Again! year,
books are a must!                                                   we still have the mini-bird house ornaments
                                                                    that sold like hot-cakes all summer. Come get
If books are not your thing, how about a pewter
                                                                    one while supplies last.


A Story Teller of Kent Continued from Page 5
In a freak accident, he cut his leg off, but it barely slowed
                                                                       The 5th Annual Colonial
him down. He made himself a peg leg, and kept on going.
His rich imagination led him to invent many fascinating
                                                                        Christmas Celebration
things which kept him occupied throughout his long, pro-
ductive life. He built trademark log cabins, many of which          The Kent Historical Society
may still be seen around town. His recollections truly il-
lustrate the way it was in Kent for the better part of the
                                                                    invites you to join us for
20 th century. His talent as a story teller brings the ‘good        our Open House. Wine,
old days “ of Kent back to life.                                    cheese and savory good-
                                                                    ies. Saturday, December
“Sherm Chase Remembers” is for sale, along with
the rest of the Kent Tales and many other items, at
                                                                    10th, 2005 at the Swift
the Swift House. As you plan your Christmas shop-                   House. No admission fee, but
ping, please stop by here. We have many gifts for                   donations are welcome. All proceeds
the historians on your list!                                        benefit the Kent Historical Society preser-
We also are very concerned about the condition of these 16          vation efforts.
roles of tape. If you have any advice about their preserva-
tion, or would like to make a donation towards the effort,          RSVP 860-927-4587 or
please let us know!!!                                               kenthistoricalsociety@juno.com

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          Thank you to ALL our 2005 donors*
Many non-profit organizations annually list the names of people who have supported the organiza-
tions during the year. We have decided to follow suit, because we are so grateful to each and every
one of you. You deserve to be thanked publicly. We will not differentiate between the large and
small donations. Every single penny is important to the Society. This has been the most successful
year we have ever had, thanks to all of you. We have resumed our curatorial work on our clothing
collection. We have properly sorted and sleeved our photograph and postcard collections. We are
embarking on an in depth restoration project at Seven Hearths. We are filling the 2006 calendar with
a number of interesting new programs and workshops. And last, but not least, we are adding new
items to our Gift Shop. None of this would be possible without member donations. You are the foun-
dation of our Society, and we thank you!

 Bruce & Holly Adams                 Bob & Betty Carlson              Nick & Janet Downes
 Edwin Adlam                         Glenn Carlson                    Elizabeth Durant
 Ky Anderson                         The Carlson Family               Sue Edgerly
 Jeanne Anderson                            Foundation                Roy & Bernadette Ellegard
 Lawrence and Jennifer Andrea        Marjorie Carmody                 George & Mary Elling
 Robert Austin                       Jack & Dorothy Casey             Charles & Mary Emerich
 Bill & Catherine Bachrach           John E. Casey                    Ed & Ruth Epstein
 Agnes Bailey                        Rob Casey                        Gertrude Ericksen
 David Bain                          Karen Casey                      Barbara Farnol
 Arthur & Phyllis Bargonetti         Adele M. Casey                   Phyllis Foster
 Anne H. Bass                        Ernie Cedar                      Edna Frisbie
 Ruth Batstone                       Sarah Chase                      Pat Gallagher
 Jo Bauer                            Andy & Karen Chase               Barbara & Minot Giddings
 Ann Davis Benson                    Al & Terry Coffill               John & Gerri Gleason
 Fr. Tom Berberich                   Todd & Suzanne Cole              Marcia Glynn
 Ronald & Gayle Berry                Jim Coley                        Eleanor Gobillot
 Betty Bertine                       Tom & Priscilla Coons            Ira Goldspiel
 Helen Bianchi                       Dick & Joan Crews                Peggy Goodsell
 Jim & Gini Blackketter              Denis Curtiss                    Ginny Goodsell
 Marcia Boserman                     Charlie & Eleanor Davis          Don & George-Ann Gowan
 Kathryn Boughton                    O.B. Davis                       Mary Grusauski
 Tom & Maureen Brady                 Fran deVillaFranca               Walt & Carol Hall
 Darlene Brady                       Elaine Debet-Fricke              Mark & Jane Hanley
 Mary Reid Brash                     Linda Nacinovich                 Emery Harper & Luigi Terruso
 Melode Brasher                      Vinnie & Lois DeMarco            Dexter & Joan Hawkes
 Austi Brown                         Deb & Doris Devaux               Harvey & Myrtle Hayden
 Jim Brownell                        George DeVilbiss                 Lynne Hicks
 Eli Burns                           Marc & Marilyn DeVos             Ben Hoffman & Vicki Chess
 Craig Burr                          Francois & Dorli DiGregorio      Edward Hoffman
 Nancy Bushnell & Vic Reiling        Robin Dill-Herde                 Mary Lou Holmes
 Karen Butler                        Randy & Tony DiPentima           Dot Hosterman
 Marie Camp                          Beth & Paul Dooley               Sue Howland
 Capital Management                  Leola Dotson                     Art & Judy Howland
         Corporation

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Inness Humphreys &           Jack & Wendy Murphy          Stephanie Wargo & Bill Arnold
        Merle Koblenz        Jim Neill                    Charles & Elsie Webster
Bob Indorf, Jr.              Bill & Charlotte Newton      Jerry & Judy White
Robert & Adeline Indorf      Marian Pacocha               Rev. Roger White
Helen N. Jacobs              Betty Pacocha                Ken & JoAnn Whitmore
George & Madeline Jacobsen   Doris & Jim Palmer           Charlie & Celie Whittemore
David & Carol Jalbert        Joanne Pappano &             Bill & Marion Whynott
Rusty & SunAe Jennings               Robert Norton        Larry & Margaret Wiener
Stan Jennings                CM Peake                     Susi Williams
Fran Johnson                 Don & Mary Peters            Nancy Hawley Wilsea
Margaret Kane                Karin Peterson               Alice Wolfe
Katherine Kane &             Bertha Petith                Ted Woodin
        Dennis DePaul        Debora Phipps                John & Diane Woodward
Linda Kaplan                 John Polhemus                Stuart Wurtzel &
Jane Kates                   Bill & Tammy Potter                 Patrizia VonBrandenstein
Charles Katzenstein          George & Elissa Potts        Wes & Nancy Wyrick
Pam Kempe                    Jim & Faye Preston           Tony Zunino
Georgianne Kent              Barbara Psarakis
The Kent Greenhouse          Bill & Susie Purcell         (If we have omitted your name,
Emily Krizan                 Walter & Ann Raynor          please let us know!)
Vilma Kurzer                 Harry & Jenny May Rehnberg   *Dues paid after October 2005
Jon LaFleur                  Andrew Roraback              will appear on next year’s list.
Louisa LaFontan              Robert Rothenberg
Diane Lang                   Dorothy Russ
Joan Larned                  Mario & Cherie Sapia             Help? We goofed!
Bob & Carol Lenz             Marcia Scholl                Several years ago, the state of
Bill & Patti Leo             Barbara Scott                Connecticut published a
Richard & Betty Levine       Tom Sebring & Steve Vaughn   “Historical and Architectural Sur-
Rick & Leslie Levy           Ed Servick                   vey of Kent, CT”. The KHS re-
Dick & Charlotte Lindsey     Sandra Shiflett              ceived a copy, which Emily
Halsted Lovig                Bette & Ralph Shufelt        Hopson immediately began to
Carol MacRitchie             Ginny Smith                  critique. Sometime in 2002, I
Elizabeth S. Mankin          Butch & Judi Soule           loaned our copy to someone,
Dr. Jeanette Marlow          Lisl Standen                 without making note of who it
Doug & Jackie Matson         Dawn & Scott Stone           was. We would like to get it back.
Eddie & Paddy Matson         Patsy & Jon Stroble          It is a thick, plastic spiral bound
Ralph & Fran Matson          Anne B. Taggart              book with a yellow cover. Many
Shaun & Marge McAvoy         Janne Tanner                 of the pages have notes by Emily
Carol & Frank McCann         Gail & Jerry Tobin           paper-clipped to them. Although
Barbara McCarthy             Dixie Todd                   the book is full of errors, it is still
Bob & Cheryl McDowell        Elmer Trombly                a valuable resource for us. I am
Emily McWhinney              The Herbert & Nancy Tully    hoping that the person to whom I
Henry Mellen                         Foundation           lent it will remember that they
Jeffry Morgan                Christine Utsogen            have it and return it to us.
Denise Morocco               Arnie & Carol Valentine          Thank you!
Sean Morris                  Katherine & James Vick       PS The Town also had a copy,
Bob Mott                     Mike Vreeland                which they lent out and would
                                                          like to recover…..

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             The Kent Historical Society BOOKSTORE
Kent Tales . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$10 each
     Iron Fever h Barzillai Slosson’s History of Kent
     & Other Bits of Historyh Sherm Chase Remem-
     bers: A Kent Life 1900 to 1982 h Rufus Fuller
     and the South Kent Ore Bed h The Pratts of
     Macedonia
Kent Tales (John Adam Journal) . . . . . . $40 each
                                      (By special order only)
New Life For Old Timber*. . . . . . . . . . . . . $6 each
Artists of the Litchfield Hills. . . . . . . . . . $32 each
A Register of Some Kent Families. . . . . . . $30 each
Farm Life series, by Phil Camp . . . . . . . . $12 each
Ornament/medallion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $10 each
Mini Bird Barn Ornament . . . . . . . . . . . . . $5 each
G.L. Nelson Note Cards*. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $6 for a packet of 8, or $1 apiece
      *These note cards and “New Life” are done by George Laurence Nelson, noted Kent artist,
       and previous owner of Seven Hearths
Photo card of Seven Hearths . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1 each         To Order from the Bookstore:
                                                                              Write to: Bookstore
Color Copy of 1874 Map of Kent . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $10 each                    Kent Historical Society
                                                                                         PO Box 651
                                                                                         Kent, CT 06757
                                                                              or Call: 860-927-4587
                           This medallion is the
                           first in what will be an
                           annual series of pewter
                           ornaments offered for                 Welcome New Members!
                           sale by the Kent Histori-
                                                                 Anne H. Bass, Marcia Bosserman, Tom &
                           cal Society. Each year
                                                                 Maureen Brady, Darlene Brady, Fran deVilla-
                           we will feature a Kent
                                                                 franca, George DeVilbiss, Francois & Dorli
                           scene or building. This
                                                                 DeGregorio, George-Ann & Don Gowan,
   year, since it is The Year of the Barn, we are
                                                                 Mark & Jane Hanley, Edward & Meg Hoff-
   portraying John Lindberg’s barn on Bulls
                                                                 man, Helen Nichols Jacobs, David & Carol
   Bridge Road. These are beautiful creations,
   made by Woodbury Pewter, that can be used                     Jalbert, Linda Kaplan, Charles Katzenstein,
   as pendants, necklaces, ornaments, window                     Bob & Carol Lenz, Ralph & Fran Matson, De-
   decorations, or any other decorative use you                  nise Morocco, Betty Pacocha, John Polhemus,
   can think of. Available from the Kent Historical              Walter & Ann Raynor, Elmer Trombly. We
   Society and the Town Clerk’s office at the Kent               are happy to have you all on board!
   Town Hall.


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                                                                   Answers to 2 previous Kent Quizzes

        Kent Historical Society                                    Vol 6, #2: Alder City. Marcia Bosserman correctly identi-
                                                                   fied the location of Alder City as being about ¼ mile from
               PO Box 651, Kent, CT 06757                          where River Road leaves Skiff Mountain Rd. Civil War vet
                           Est. 1954                               John Rogers lived there, and is thought to be buried there.
                         Officers                                  A new stone in his memory has recently been erected by
                  Fran Johnson, President                          anonymous donors. At one point, Alder City was home to 5
              Tamara Potter, Vice President                        or 6 families, many of whom were colliers or who worked
      Linda Hall, Treasurer Maggie Wells, Secretary                for the Kent Iron Furnace across the river. A smallpox epi-
                                                                   demic helped to end the life of the little hamlet. The founda-
                         Trustees                                  tion holes of the hoses may be seen in the woods on the
      Fr. Tom Berberich, Beth Dooley, Mary Grusauski,              other side of the road.
   Joan Larned, Jeffrey Morgan, Gail Tobin, Susi Williams          Vol 5, #4: The stone chimney. Stan Jennings correctly iden-
             Executive Director ~ Marge McAvoy
                                                                   tified the chimney standing in the field just north of Kent
                                                                   falls. It is all that is left of a roadside restaurant called “The
           Hours Tuesdays 9 AM to Noon                             Refectory”. An old post card published by the State Park
     Fridays 1 to 4 PM, Saturdays by appointment                   and Forest Commission shows a substantial one-storey rus-
                   at the Swift House                              tic building, with a wide porch and several clusters of tables
                                                                   and chairs for outdoor dining. In the first half of the 20th
         This newsletter is compiled by Marge McAvoy,
              designed by Lynne Hicks, South Kent,                 century, Rte 7 became known as a tourist road, and The Re-
     and sponsored by Moore & More Printing, Millerton, NY         fectory was a popular wayside rest stop for weary travelers.
                                                                          Next Quiz: Where, why and what is “Pigtail”?



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