Ice Cream Social

We will be churning homemade ice cream.  There will be old fashioned kids games on the lawn outside. The building will be open for tours.  Come join the fun!

Date:  Friday, May 19, 2017

Time: 6:00 to 8:00 pm.


Finding William Lewis (1819-1897)

An Extraordinary Ordinary Man

Since February 2012, Bruce Craven and Christie Higginbottom have been getting to know William Lewis, a man who left an extraordinary record of 59 years of his life - written in over 300 documents penned between March of 1836 - when he was 17 years old - and December 1895 - 13 months before his death.  The documents include 142 journals and over 200 account books and farm records.  William was born in Wardsboro, Vermont, February 14, 1819.  As a young man he worked as a tanner and currier in New Hampshire , Vermont, Connecticut and Massachusetts.  Between 1840 and 1845 he lived and worked at the leather trade in Templeton, West Woodstock CT, Leicester, Millbury and Hubbardston.  In the 1850s he peddled books and Yankee Notions from his home in Barre, MA, visiting customers in the surrounding towns - including New Braintree.  In 1860 he bought a farm in Barre, and for the rest of his life he worked at dairying, raising poultry, raising and selling greenhouse plants, and growing fruits, vegetables, hay and grains. He was a dedicated record keeper, and - thanks to his devoted friends Mr. and Mrs. James N. Patterson and their descendants - his records survive to tell his story.  In their Power point illustrated program Bruce and Christie will introduce William Lewis through an examination of the many sorts of documents he wrote: his daily journal entries, accounts of clothing and provisions purchases, book sales records, accounts of wife Abby's work sewing bed ticks, and his farm books.  Their research project is ongoing and they are hoping to publish William's story.

Date:  Friday, September 8, 2017

Time: 7:00 pm.

New Braintree Historical Society Museum (1939 Grade School - 10 Utley Rd.)