Pioneers of Liberty: Easton’s Soldiers in Connecticut’s 29th Colored Regiment

At the edge of the New Haven harbor in Fair Haven sits Criscuolo Park. Sports fields and playgrounds now occupy what was once a bustling port area where the Quinnipiac and Mill Rivers meet. While there is no trace of the Civil War training camp that existed at this spot, since 2008, Continue reading “Pioneers of Liberty: Easton’s Soldiers in Connecticut’s 29th Colored Regiment”

Constant Gardeners: the Founding of the Easton Garden Club

In June 1939, five Easton ladies were selected by the Federated Garden Clubs to represent Connecticut at the newly opened Gardens on Parade at the World’s Fair in New York.  Mrs. Katherine Rauschkolb, Mrs. Edith Duff, Mrs. Lillian Shook, Mrs. Rose Coon and Miss Esther Foote served Continue reading “Constant Gardeners: the Founding of the Easton Garden Club”

The Journals of John Adams

The title sounds like something from a PBS documentary. Perhaps something about the second president of the United States. But the John Adams in this article wasn’t born in Quincy, Massachusetts, but rather, right here in Easton in 1830. Beginning with his father Eli in 1805 and Continue reading “The Journals of John Adams”

Louise Bourgeois: Ma Maison à Easton

The neatly ordered jars set in the oak cupboard were a great comfort to Louise Bourgeois in the summer of 1942.  Food rationing had begun that same year as the Second World War heavily burdened US supply chains. Government posters encouraged women to preserve local harvests and help Continue reading “Louise Bourgeois: Ma Maison à Easton”

The Peculiar Trials of Mary Staples

It was said by Lucy Pell, the surgeon’s wife, that a witch had been living among them in Fairfield.  In 1653,  she claimed she heard such words herself from the condemned Goodwife Bassett who was imprisoned and awaiting her death.  Goody Bassett was a middle class wife, hence the Continue reading “The Peculiar Trials of Mary Staples”

Buried in an Easton Swamp

The trunk buried in the Easton swamp displayed at trial with murder weapons, Daily News photo, May 30, 1921

It was early on a Monday evening when the police pulled over just off Sport Hill Road next to the Union Cemetery. There, in the overgrown wetlands, a confessed murderer claimed Continue reading “Buried in an Easton Swamp”

Easton’s Ladies in White

Union Cemetery, Easton Connecticut

Like all small colonial towns in New England, Easton has its share of ghost stories, but few can compare to the tales told about our oldest burial ground, the Union Cemetery.  Set off by stone walls and wrought iron fencing, it sits at the intersection Continue reading “Easton’s Ladies in White”

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