My blog has been changed to make it more appealing for those who have New England ancestors and want to see the area through photos. Things I’ll include are typical white New England churches, libraries showing their genealogical collection, historical societies, cemeteries, war memorials, in general, anything to do with history.

For four years I’ve blogged mostly about my personal genealogy in New England (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire), New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, and the Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada. I still will, can’t forget my own roots.

Please check out the labels on the right side for articles. The header tabs at the top are a work in progress.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

New, No Old House in Concord, Massachusetts

Caesar Robbins House, Concord, Massachusetts
This lovely house is situated in a most unusual location. Practically in a parking lot, not any parking lot, but one that belongs to the National Park Service at the site of the Old North Bridge in Concord. For the better part of 2012-2013, I wondered what this was going to be, perhaps a visitor's center at the entrance to the Bridge. Last year, I finally noticed a sign, so my husband and I walked to it and around the house. When it opens this year, in late spring, I will take a tour, and post new photos here.
The Caesar Robbins House
Concord's African American and Abolitionist History Center
The below information about Caesar Robbins and the house came from the DrinkingGourdProject.

"The Robbins House is a home built by the son of slavery survivor and Revolutionary War veteran Caesar Robbins in the early 1800s. This house was originally located on a small farm at the edge of Concord’s Great Meadows, in an area where a handful of self-emancipated Africans and their families established their homes. The last African American occupants left the house in the 1860s, and in the winter of 1870-71 the building was moved to Bedford St. In 2011 the Drinking Gourd Project moved the house to land adjacent to the North Bridge parking lot, where it is prominently displayed for Concord visitors. It will serve as an interpretive center for Concord’s early African history."

What I saw, peeking into a window (above and below).

The house, taken from the parking lot, a few days ago.
 Article with photos of the house being moved.
 Some good pictures of the old house, before and after, thanks to Google Images.