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

7 votes, 4.86 avg. rating (94% score)

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

A Modest Proposal for Columbus Day

8 votes, 3.50 avg. rating (70% score)

Welcome this edition of “Jud’s New England Journal,” the rather curious monthly musings of Judson Hale, the Editor-in-Chief of... Read More »

Andre the Seal | 25 Years with Andre

Andre the Seal | 25 Years with Andre

27 votes, 4.31 avg. rating (86% 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

Best 5 Revolutionary War Sites in New England

6 votes, 3.72 avg. rating (75% score)

Norman Desmarais, the author of The Guide to the American Revolutionary War series, picks the 5 best revolutionary... Read More »

Classic Article | The Man Who Last Saw Abraham Lincoln

Classic Article | The Man Who Last Saw Abraham Lincoln

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

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

1 vote, 5.00 avg. rating (89% score)

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

Down to the Sea | From Our Archives

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Martha Hale Harvey documented the landscapes and people of turn-of-the-century Cape Ann. Among Martha Hale Harvey’s hundreds of... Read More »

Earmuffs Invented in Maine

1 vote, 5.00 avg. rating (89% score)

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 »

How the Puritans Banned Christmas

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

In 1659 the Puritans banned Christmas in Massachusetts. But why? A short, easily-overlooked paragraph from an early law... Read More »

Immortal Phrases From the Birth of a Nation | New England’s Gifts

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How many of these immortal phrases do you recognize? “Taxation without representation is tyranny.” —James Otis (1725–83) Colonial... Read More »

Isles of Shoals Murders | Horror on Smuttynose Island

44 votes, 4.27 avg. rating (85% score)

No authoritative anthology of New England crime would fail to include the truly ghastly murders on Smuttynose Island... Read More »

Judging Hannah Duston | Woman Scalped Captors

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

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?

10 votes, 4.40 avg. rating (87% score)

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

Maritime Trail | 400 Years of Seafaring History

1 vote, 5.00 avg. rating (89% score)

View a sampling of sites along New England’s “Maritime Trail,” covering 400 years of seafaring history. MASSACHUSETTS Battleship... Read More »

Mark Twain Rented Cats | Footnote to History

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

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

2 votes, 2.50 avg. rating (59% score)

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?

0 votes, 0.00 avg. rating (0% score)

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

3 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (94% score)

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

New England Timeline | January & February

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January 1 1904. L Street Brownies take their first plunge into the frigid waters of South Boston’s Dorchester... Read More »

Nichols House Museum | Photos

Nichols House Museum | Photos

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A collection of photos from the Nichols House Museum, which offers an intimate look at turn-of-the-last-century domestic life on... Read More »

Nuclear Fatality at Wood River Junction | Yankee Classic Article

Nuclear Fatality at Wood River Junction | Yankee Classic Article

8 votes, 4.88 avg. rating (95% 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

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

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

Ordeal on Bay Ledge Buoy

Ordeal on Bay Ledge Buoy

8 votes, 4.88 avg. rating (95% score)

Just before a sudden winter squall swamped his 15-foot open boat, the young clammer managed to leap to... 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 the... Read More »



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