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“The Hanging Judge” Samuel Sewall Repents | Footnote to History

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In July, August, and September 1692, Samuel Sewall with six colleagues presided over the Salem witch trials. “Judge... Read More »

400 Years of Seafaring History

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View a sampling of sites along New England’s “Maritime Trail.” CONNECTICUT Charles W. Morgan & Joseph Conrad Retired... Read More »

50 Years After the Death of John F. Kennedy | A Hometown Remembers

2 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (92% score)

  Fifty years after the death of President John F. Kennedy, those who knew him and his extended... Read More »

Andre the Seal | 25 Years with Andre

Andre the Seal | 25 Years with Andre

23 votes, 4.43 avg. rating (88% score)

Andre the seal — a world-renowned celebrity — may have been one of the longest-running, free, unadvertised attractions... Read More »

Best 5 Revolutionary War Sites in New England

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Norman Desmarais frequently escapes into the 18th century for reenactments, Colonial fairs, heritage days, school presentations, and talks.... Read More »

Classic Article | The Man Who Last Saw Abraham Lincoln

Classic Article | The Man Who Last Saw Abraham Lincoln

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The assassination of Abraham Lincoln at Ford’s Theater occurred on April 15, 1865. This somewhat gruesome though historically... Read More »

Classic: Ira and Ethan Allen and the Republic of Vermont

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From Yankee Magazine October 1981 (Also, read about the Ira Allen House, Yankee‘s House for Sale this month.)... Read More »

Earmuffs Invented in Maine

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When Chester Greenwood of Farmington, Maine, received a new pair of ice skates on Christmas morning (quite an... Read More »

Flying Horse Carousel

6 votes, 4.83 avg. rating (94% score)

In the Victorian-era seaside village of Watch Hill in Westerly Rhode Island, the Flying Horse Carousel claims to... Read More »

Isles of Shoals Murders | Horror on Smuttynose Island

26 votes, 4.19 avg. rating (83% score)

Excerpt from “Horror on Smuttynose,” Yankee Magazine, March 1980 Louis Wagner was working alone, barely scratching out a... Read More »

Judging Hannah Duston | Woman Scalped Captors

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It is hard to imagine scalping a person. There is adhesive tissue under the dermis that must be... Read More »

Madame Sherri | New Hampshire’s Most Eccentric Resident?

9 votes, 4.78 avg. rating (93% score)

Madame Sherri’s Castle Ruins Take a drive down the Gulf Road in West Chesterfield, New Hamphshire, some time.... Read More »

Mark Twain Rented Cats | Footnote to History

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Although she was only 13 when she wrote a biography of her famous father, Mark Twain’s daughter Susy... Read More »

Mohawk Trail Timeline | History Along the Trail

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PREHISTORY A rough pathway connects several American Indian tribes, who use it for trading, hunting, and, occasionally, warring... Read More »

National Tennis Court in Newport, RI | Real Tennis, Anyone?

National Tennis Court in Newport, RI | Real Tennis, Anyone?

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Yankee Classic Article from March 2000: In which the author discovers an unexpected knack for a medieval game... Read More »

Nelly Butler | America’s First Ghost

6 votes, 4.83 avg. rating (94% score)

It was August 9, 1799, when Abner Blaisdel first heard the “knocking noises” in his house in Machiasport,... Read More »

New England Inventions

New England Inventions

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Here we present three New England inventions that changed parties everywhere! Silly Putty In the early 1940s James... Read More »

Nuclear Fatality at Wood River Junction | Yankee Classic Article

Nuclear Fatality at Wood River Junction | Yankee Classic Article

6 votes, 4.83 avg. rating (94% score)

An empty factory in Rhode Island. An angry widow. A radioactive wedding ring. These are pieces of a... Read More »

Old Leather Man | A Connecticut Legend

4 votes, 4.25 avg. rating (83% score)

A local legend like that of the Old Leather Man — Connecticut’s most famous tramp — can easily... Read More »

Pullman Car at Hildene | Long Journey Home

Pullman Car at Hildene | Long Journey Home

2 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (92% score)

  At the Lincoln family’s Vermont estate, now a museum, an important piece of American history pulls into... Read More »

Ruth Wakefield & the Chocolate-Chip Cookie | Up Close

Ruth Wakefield & the Chocolate-Chip Cookie | Up Close

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For more than 35 years, the popular Toll House Inn in Whitman, Massachusetts, attracted prominent visitors, including actors... Read More »

Thanksgiving Holiday History | Footnote to History

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The country was still emerging from the depression when Franklin D. Roosevelt announced, in the summer of 1939,... Read More »

The Influenza Pandemic of 1918 | The Invisible Enemy

The Influenza Pandemic of 1918 | The Invisible Enemy

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Yankee classic from February 1982 Boston in the summer of 1918 was hot and very dry, with only... Read More »

The Lindbergh Baby | Who Kidnapped and Killed Charles Lindbergh III

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In the summer of 1990, Gregory Ahlgren had no idea that the next three years of his life... Read More »

The Royall House and Slave Quarters | Local Treasure

7 votes, 4.00 avg. rating (79% score)

Tucked away in a Boston suburb, the Royall House and Slave Quarters offers a sobering and singular reminder... Read More »

The Seven Sutherland Sisters | Barnum & Bailey Hair Show

The Seven Sutherland Sisters | Barnum & Bailey Hair Show

9 votes, 4.67 avg. rating (91% score)

In 1882 the Barnum and Bailey Circus signed a new act for the sideshow. It was called the... Read More »

Thomas Jefferson’s Mammoth Cheese

Thomas Jefferson’s Mammoth Cheese

5 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (96% score)

On the first day of 1802, the residents of Cheshire, Massachusetts, presented Thomas Jefferson with perhaps the oddest... Read More »



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