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Oyster Burn at Avondale

November 1, 2013
By EDWARD BAKER
Oyster Burn at Avondale

Chuck Royce is having an 18th house rebuilt on his property in Westerly, Rhode Island. Needing a large supply of lime for the mortar and plaster he told the contractor to do it the way they would have in the 18th century. So a lime kiln is being set up to burn oyster shells....
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a Christmas sermon

December 24, 2012
By EDWARD BAKER
a Christmas sermon

fryd 25 Cloudy and Windy. I was at home foren. aftrn I was in Town. I Recd of Capt Douglass £18 Interest &c. the Selectmen made up accotts with the Constable & Capt. Douglass. he gave us a Supper. a Great Concourse of people at the Church to hear Mr Seabury preach...
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Lisbon Earthquake 1755

March 22, 2011
By Deborah Donovan
Lisbon Earthquake 1755

Saturd 27.  A Snowy day. I went into Town to see the Boston News Paper, which gives an account of the Terrable Efffects of a Great Earthquake in Spain & Portugail.  The famous City of Lisbourn Destroyed.  Ye Houes all Shaked down but 3.  & Thousands of Pple killed.  The fire on...
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Thunderstorms

October 1, 2010
By Pat Schaefer
Thunderstorms

Thunderstorms Saturd 5  fair. I was about home all day fitting up Cask for Cyder.  I Rid out to Crossman Lot to water the Cattle.  Thundr & Lightning in the night & a Storm of wind & Rain. “Thunder and lightning” are fairly common with rain storms in this part of New...
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Mowing Down Assumptions

June 17, 2010
By Pat Schaefer
Mowing Down Assumptions

Thursd 16  fair & hot. . .I Stacked Some hay yt grew before ye door.  Thursd 22   fair.  In ye morning I Sowed Some white Clover Seed betwixt ye Barberry Bush & Cherry trees. . . . Saturd 11 fair. . . Adam Mowed the Little pasture before...
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March … brot home the mare & colt

March 8, 2010
By Pat Schaefer
March … brot home the mare & colt

Tuesd Mar .1. . . .wee got home Sun about an hour high and wee buried the Child at Sun down. . . . Saturd 5. . . I was at home al Day. Josh brot home the mare & Colt & left the young Horses. . . Mond...
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wee Run the Line & marked Trees

February 8, 2010
By EDWARD BAKER
wee Run the Line & marked Trees

  Tuesd 6 fair. I went with Josh to Mr Wm Wheelers & he went with us & wee Run the Line & marked Trees & put heaps of Stones in Every 20 Rod from the Wallnut Tree by Stantons fence the N E Cornner of Fannings 100 Acres & a Side Line...
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a publick Thanksgiving in this Colony

November 23, 2009
By Deborah Donovan
a publick Thanksgiving in this Colony

  Thursd 18 “fair. a publick Thanksgiving in this Colony.  I Set out in the morning with Joshua in order to go to Stonington purpusing to meeting att Groton but the ferry boat was gone over & Stayed there a great while and a small wind & Right against us that wee...
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Helpt mend ye highway

October 27, 2009
By EDWARD BAKER
Helpt mend ye highway

Saturd 8 fair & warm. I was at home all day. I finished Trimming Cask 5. hhds 1 Pipe 1 Terse 1. bb & wee gathred the Last Ld of apples in the orchard behind ye House. I helpt mend ye highway in Stephens Room in the foren. Brother Hartshorn gone to...
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Harvest Time

September 12, 2009
By Pat Schaefer
Harvest Time

  Mond .7.  fair. I fetched a turn of aples fro Holmes’s Lot Ab & Moley. . .Saturd 12 fair. I was picking apples. wee Carted 1 Load to ye mill. . . .Tuesd 15 fair. I was at home all day. I finisht Riming my wheell. Jo Bent & Jno Mowed Rowin...
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