Sunday, May 28, 2017

victorygardenThe Historical Society has sponsored military programs about various wars. While the men were fighting the wars, what were the rest of the population doing at home? During World Wars I and II, the government encouraged people to grow their own vegetables as part of the war effort. Planting a garden was considered a patriotic duty. At first they were called “War Gardens”. By World War II, they had become known as “Victory Gardens”. Elaine Massa’s presentation will include photos and information about the gardens, the government programs offered at the time, and the results of those programs. Following the program, go home and start your own garden!

“War Gardens”

Elaine Massa, Master Gardener & Hebron Resident

Thursday, May 18 -- 7:00 pm

Old Town Hall

The Program is Free and Open to All

lost mill

Hebron Mill Sites Author to Speak at Library

Dick Symonds, the author of Lost Mill Sites in Hebron, Connecticut, will speak about the mill research project on Wednesday, February 1st. at the Douglas Library of Hebron. The program, co-sponsored by the Hebron Historical Society and the Douglas Library, will begin at 6:30 and end at 8:00 with the closing of the library.

Symonds and the Hebron team of assistants researched over 25 sites which had been located on the Blackledge River, Fawn Brooks East & West, the Jeremy River, Raymond Brook and Foote Saw Mill Brook. Many miles were hiked by Symonds and the local team of Geoff Kirkham, Larry Zimmerman, David Morrison and Mary Ann Foote. Research, photos, measurements and shared thoughts of the entire group provided answers to the workings of these early mills.

A PowerPoint presentation of the mill studies will be given by Symonds, with an opportunity for questions at the end of the program. Books will be available for purchase and signing by the author. Books are also available in the Town Clerk’s Office at the Hebron Town Office Building. Proceeds from book sales will go to the Historical Society’s capital campaign for replacing the roof and exterior painting of Old Town Hall.

All are invited to attend this free event.

church grounds

St. Peter’s Church & Cemetery, Hebron

Historic Attraction added to St. Peter’s Pumpkin Fest

Prominent citizens from old Hebron, now buried in St. Peter’s Cemetery, were portrayed by members and friends of the Hebron Historical Cemetery. Cemetery tours began in St. Peter’s Church where the well-known Jim Mirakian played the old organ, and a brief history of the church was shared.

Cemetery visitors were then guided to the graves of some old Hebron residents where they will be met by the portrayers. Research has been done on Hebron citizens who lived in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Period clothing was worn. Visitors left feeling that they had met the individuals themselves. A selection of historic residents included Governor John S. Peters, his uncle, the Rev. Samuel Peters, Dr. Cyrus H. Pendleton and his daughter, Susie. Other people featured were Marjorie Martin (WW I & II librarian), Jim Batson (lost in Vietnam), Carrie Kellogg and her grandmother, Arethusa Gillett Arnold. Also met were Town Clerk Della Porter Hills, Charles Bissell (lost his arm in Civil War), and Lewis Worthington Phelps (relative of Hebron’s first settler). These people all “made a difference” in Hebron.

Cemetery tours were held Saturday and Sunday, October 1st and 2nd from 2-4:00 both days. This event coincided with the St. Peter’s Pumpkin Fest which included many other wonderful free, family oriented events and activities.