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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.

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Saturday, September 26, 2015

In Westminster, Massachusetts -- The Forbush Library for Genealogy, Crackers and The Old Mill

The Forbush Memorial Library / aka Westminster Public Library
Above is the old original front entrance, and below is the back newer entrance. History of the Library may be seen HERE.
The newer book area is the first room you see entering from the above back door.
Below are four photos showing the beauty of the original part of the library. You feel as though you're visiting a museum. Every old area makes up for the ugliness of a new room.



The three photos below show the genealogy / local history in the locked, very small room. I didn't notice a table to work on!



 
The photos above and below are on the top floor, in the original building. During this day, the room was filled with many round tables topped with books for their book sale.

Looking out the front door to Main Street, Westminster, Massachusetts.
 
The Westminster Cracker Co. manufactures crackers and their famous oyster crackers, are made from the original 1828 recipe. The company had its beginnings in 1824, and is now headquartered in Vermont. (If you click on their link, you'll see an old photo of this building.) While researching this company, I discovered their facebook page. Apparently, the company still has ties to the town, and they are sponsoring The Westminster Cracker Festival in a few weeks.

No trip to Westminster would be complete without a meal from The Old Mill. Shown above is the old restaurant (enlarged so you can see it through woods), reached by a small covered bridge. Below is the scenic pond and falls.