Nine Men’s Misery – King Philips War


“….a strange incident occurred in relation to the nine men’s grave. It was either during, or shortly after the Revolutionary War. Some Providence gentlemen, led, it is said, by Dr. Bowen, went up to the place and dug open the grave. They had already stretched three of the skeletons upon the ground ere they were discovered. When the Cumberland people found out what was going on, a hue and cry being raised, and the farmers assembling from all the region round, the cessation of the robbery was compelled, the disinterment being regarded as a first-class outrage. It is not said whether the affair took place at night, by the light of lanterns in the windy forests, but the story is true as it is told, and well illustrates the peculiar place the tradition has in the minds of the Cumberland people. One fact was settled by the disinterment, and that was the identity of the men themselves who were buried. One of the skeletons dug up was of extraordinary size, and by the fact of it’s having a double set of teeth, was recognized as that of Benjamin Bucklin (Buckland), of Rehoboth. It is assured thus that the men were from other colonies than that of Providence.” ~┬áProvidence Journal, Jan. 20, 1886~

Tabitha Babbit, Common grave……

Tabitha, an American tool maker, Invented the FIRST circular saw blade used in saw mills around 1813. As a kid she was watching (men) cutting wood with a two-man saw (and probably thought to herself ‘man those guys are idiots – what a waste of time’), so she came up with an idea of the round saw blade cutting the time in half. SHE also invented a whole bunch of other stuff with no credit to herself because of her faith as a Shaker.┬áMan got to love those Shaker women! Only in New England……

Harvard Shakers

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A note of caution – When visiting Harvard try not to hit a yuppie jogging in the middle of the road. Field note: Harvard the town, not the school.

Enchanted Forest, Hope Valley, RI

Dutch Island and Fort Greble

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In the West Passage of the Narragansett Bay lies Dutch Island. This island, named Quetenis by its original owners, the Native Amercan Narrgansett tribe, was “sold to” the Dutch West Indian Company in 1636. They used the island as a safe location to trade goods with the Native Americans. Some time later it was used for sheep grazing by English settlers. In 1827 Dutch Island Light was built (and later rebuilt in 1857) marking the West Passage of the Narragansett Bay. Additionally the island was fortified to protect the West Passage from invasion. In the latter 1890’s the Army built Fort Greble. This post was active until 1924; then it was used for training purposes by the Army National Guard until around WWII.