By John White I thank God for the blessing of growing up in Cheshire. In 1950, when my family moved here to our home on Fernwood Lane, I was 11 years old. Cheshire had a population of 6,000, not counting the cows. My family had moved from a brand new community just south of Baltimore. […]
Author: John Fournier
Dr. Robert L. Chesanow (1935-2018) Cheshirepedia founding member and contributor
Cheshirepedia has lost a dear friend, founding member and contributor: Dr. Robert L. Chesanow (known to all as Dr. Bob). He was Treasurer of Cheshirepedia at the time of his death. Dr. Bob, 82, was born in Kearny New Jersey then traveled home to Great Barrington MA. After a reading test, at age 5, he […]
Farmington Canal Talk on July 17, 2018 7pm Cheshire Public Library
Hear ye, hear ye! Cheshirepedia is sponsoring a talk on the Farmington Canal by Carl E. Walker, an acknowledged expert on this historic structure – part of which went through Cheshire. Come to the Cheshire Public Library, to the large first floor Mary Baldwin Room, at 7 PM on Tuesday, July 17, 2018.
In Remembrance of Lee Pelz (Mrs. Seymour Pelz)
by Jeanné Chesanow, Gail Collins, and Sigrun Gadwa When in 1970 the Land Trust acquired its first piece of land, Lee was one of the first to explore the property. The formerly Helen Russell land is high on the West Ridge – adjacent to the Blue Trail on the ridgetop. At that time there was […]
Admiral Andrew Hull Foote: Cheshire Resident, Civil War Admiral
Cheshire resident John White gave this talk about Admiral Andrew Hull Foote at the Cheshire Historical Society in January, 2017. THE LIFE OF ADMIRAL ANDREW HULL FOOTE In speaking to you about my life history, it seems proper to begin reciting it by presenting some genealogical information, especially because some of my ancestors were notable […]
A House, A Home, A Home-Away-From-Home – The History of the Hitchcock-Phillips House
A House, A Home, A Home-Away-From-Home The History of the Hitchcock-Phillips House By Mitzi Romano The assignment was simple: Go to Town Hall and do a title search for the Hitchcock-Phillips House. How difficult could that be? We already knew the basics: Rufus Hitchcock built the house in 1785. The west wing was added around […]
2016 Cheshire Historic Tour Booklet for Sale!
The new booklet describing the Trolley Tour of the south end of town is now available for purchase: Tour of South Brooksvale and More. The book describes some of the historically significant homes and places that were on the 2016 Trolley Tour of this area! Included are descriptions of the 1733 Enos Brooks house, Northeastern Forestry Company, Cheshire Nursery, […]
Cheshire Timeline – Cheshire History
CHESHIRE TIMELINE Here is a timeline of Cheshire’s history. There are gaps in the chronology, particularly in the 20th and 21st centuries. Please feel free to email Cheshirepedia ([email protected]) to offer suggestions of additional entries or comments on the timeline itself. Or you can make comments at the bottom of the article. Seventeenth Century 1638 New […]
John Frederick Kensett 2016 Birthday Celebration
Renowned artist John Frederick Kensett, one of Cheshire’s most notable residents, was celebrated throughout 2016. Born on March 22, 1816, his 200th Birthday Celebration featured many activities all across town. On February 26-27, 2016 renowned PBS lecturer and artist David Dunlop was at ArtsPlace to discuss Kensett’s importance in the art world, and provided some painting demonstrations. Mr. Dunlop stopped […]
Cheshire Remembers Men & The Monument Book for Sale!
Cheshire Remembers Men and the Monument by Jeanné Chesanow. 128pp. with many illustrations, photos and index. Cheshire Remembers is the only book about Cheshire in the Civil War. It begins with a description of the small farming town of Cheshire, a peaceful place of dirt roads and quiet evenings. When in 1861 several Southern states leave […]