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.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Norman Williams Public Library, Woodstock, Vermont

Norman Williams Public Library
10 The Green
Woodstock, Vermont

When we headed to the library I was quite concerned, because it was almost 6, their closing time. There was plenty of parking along the front street, as the farmer's market had just closed down. My timing wasn't right, because once I walked in, they were about to close. I managed to get the below flyer from the reference desk as I turned around to walk out with some patrons.

The library was built in was built between 1883-1884, and in 1999-2000, the Library underwent a $5 million renovation, restoration, expansion, and automation project. I believe one thing they did was to install massive large glass panels in front of the three arches, and add a middle door. Nice feature, because when the library is closed, you could still peek inside the library.

(Side view.)

From the steps of the library, I am facing The Green (just beyond the cars).
The following morning we returned, for a better picture, but not to go in, because they didn't open until 10, and we had to get going.

I called the reference librarian to ask what they have to offer for genealogical research. They have a history room that contains historical records, cemetery lists, the Vermont Standard newspaper on microfiche and other material. Heritage Quest is available online for Woodstock residents. She mentioned that most genealogy material is located at the nearby Woodstock History Center. I went to their website and thought perhaps the Woodstock Cemetery Index might be useful to researchers. When I told her why I was calling, and the fact that I couldn't find any good interior pictures, she gave me permission to use anything from their site, including facebook. I was pleased, because I had just seen the below picture online.

The flyer I picked up.

Woodstock was the terminus of the  Woodstock Railway, 1877-1933, which connected the town to the Central Vermont Railroad in White River Junction. Travelers coming to Woodstock via the railway established the town's reputation as a tourist destination, still prevalent today. Call "the prettiest small town in America" by a national publication, Woodstock is famous for the architecture of its houses and churches. It is the site of the first ski-tow in the United States, in 1934, home to the March-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park (see my blog with a lot of photos) and remains the only town in America with 5 church bells cast by Paul Revere and Co."

From the library grounds, looking right towards the center of town.
Walkway in The Green, across from the library.
Windsor County Court House (immediate right of the library).
A few steps away is the Woodstock Inn and Resort.
We did not stay here, but in the past, we've eaten there. For this June weekend, it was very quiet, so I asked if we could stroll around on the first floor. We didn't see anybody. However, in the paper, I read they were going to have a huge sale of their hotel furnishings, so I got the impression they were getting ready to have new stuff for the summer. Below photos taken around 6:30, not a guest to be seen!

Google map, showing location of the Library.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Stockbridge Public Library, Stockbridge, Massachussetts

 The Stockbridge Library, Museum and Archives
46 Main Street
Stockbridge, Massachussetts

Even though this Library building is old, it looked brand new in September 2016, when I first visited. You'll be able to tell by the photos, everything was white and clean. A major renovation had just been completed a few months prior. I don't have any ancestors or family members from this area, but I was curious to see the library Norman Rockwell used, and possibly my favorite sculpturer, Daniel Chester French since lived nearby in the summer. The library owns some artwork by Mr. Rockwell and sculpture by Mr. French. I learned this library is an association, it is not owned or run by the town. Perhaps that is why their website is one of the best I've seen and used; it is so user friendly, I loved the larger font size, and color photos.

Once I entered the building, I walked around the first floor, looking at it's huge windows, some books, sculpture and art work in the reading rooms and hallways. Read about the history of the library HERE.


Abraham Lincoln, by sculpturer Daniel Chester French.

Portion of the exterior wall of the old library
Jackson Library
A. D.
Photo showing the before renovation.
 The round enclosed fence like feature is an opening to see the lower level. You walk down a nearby staircase.

When you look down you'll see this nice circular tile design, so naturally, we went down to read it.
The Proctor Museum and Archives was around the hall, but unfortunately closed. I was a little bit disappointed, but knew I'd be back (well I did in December 2017, and the entire library was closed.) Third time will be a charm.
Procter Museum and Archives
Commemorative Medallion

September 2016
December 2017.

The genealogies for Stockbridge families only, and history of the town are in the Museum and Archives room. The curator, Barbara, gave me permission to copy their listing of records that is online.

Museum & Archives Collections

1. Institutional and Business Records

  • American Legion Records
  • Berkshire Republican Library Records
  • Brown Book of Deeds
  • First Congregational Church Records
  • Hill Water Company Records
  • Indian Hill Music Workshop Records
  • Interlaken Congregational Church Records
  • Laurel Hill Association Records
  • Stockbridge Bowl Association Records
  • Stockbridge Casino Records
  • Stockbridge Library Association Records
  • Tuesday Club Records
  • Williams High School Alumni Association Records

2. Personal and Family Papers

3. Miscellaneous Collections

  • Alice’s Restaurant Photography Collection
  • Cookbook Collection
  • Map Collection
  • Oral History Collection
  • Stockbridge Authors Manuscript Collection
  • Stockbridge Imprints Collection
  • Stockbridge Indian Collection
  • Stockbridge School Collection
  • Wilcox (Richard) Deed Research Collection

Posts I wrote, with photos about Daniel Chester French:

Where Was The Lincoln Memorial Made?

Daniel Chester French Led Me on a Trail

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

The Dole-Little House, Newbury, Massachusetts c. 1715

Dole-Little House
289 High Road,
Newbury, Massachusetts

I had to wait all summer, June 3 to October 6, 2018 to tour this house, because it is only open to the public twice a year. We were lucky enough to get a parking spot, because there were a lot of us anxious to get inside. It isn't the most beautiful or historic of houses, but we wanted the thrill of seeing inside.

It isn't like other houses, mostly because there are no original furnishings nor belongings inside. There is sketchy information, but it had character. It looked like it needs a lot of work to bring it up to snuff; a new roof, a major paint job would have improved the appearance. Also, new period windows. A new owner purchased the house in 1954 and it "was restored to a year later to reflect original period." "The paneling from one chamber was removed and reinstalled as an exhibition room at the National Museum of History and Technology in Washington, D.C." (From flyer below.)

Three windows, ca 1954.

I loved the size and shape of the windows, so I took plenty of photos, as well as one huge chimney in the middle of the house that was cutout into four fireplaces, two large ones on the first floor, and two smaller ones on the second floor. We were told that the base of the chimney in the basement takes up almost half the cellar. If you look at the first photo, you'll only see one chimney.
The first room was furnished for the caretaker and is his dining room. Of course, I couldn't resist some color, it was quite dark in there.

Second fireplace in 2nd large room, first floor.

Oh yes, another window with a view! Good thing the weather was warm.

There is a double staircase leading to the third floor. Glad we didn't have to go up there.

Example of 2nd floor room, see what I mean about the furnishings.

Two additional fireplaces on the second floor, much smaller in size.

Parker River, in front of the house, as shown below.
Nice view from Google maps, showing the Dole-Little House, Parker River and Rt. 1A.

Located a short distance away on another street, is this memorial.


For those who have interest in Newbury, here are a few posts I've written:

Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm and House since 1690 (June 2018)

Robert Adams Buried in Newbury, MA and a Nice Surprise (Aug. 2013)

First Settlers of Newbury, Massachusetts (Aug. 2013)

Where the First Settlers of Newbury, Massachusetts Landed and Lived (Sept. 2013)

I want to share a comment I received (note: my comment section is closed, so
Ryan sent me an email. Some of you might be interested in his genealogy.

"Ryan Noyes

Fri, Oct 12, 4:13 PM (18 hours ago)
to Barbara.trees4u
Dear Barb,
Greetings from Philadelphia.  Got your email address via your blog, which I discovered via your blog post via New England Genealogy facebook group.  Your images of Dole-Little house are fantastic!  -- much better quality than the one I see on the house's Wikipedia page.  Requesting if Paul Noyes and I use a few of your images for Richard Dole Jr.'s profile on, our family's online genealogy database?  
I descend from Richard Jr.'s sister, Jane, who married my 7th g-grandfather.  
I'll of course credit yourself for the images, if you allow us to use them. Great blog post btw!  Thanks for sharing!
Warm regards,
Ryan Noyes"

I have decided not to use the Comment feature for my blog. If you would like to leave a comment for me or ask a question, please write me at my email: Thank you.

My reason is because since November 2017 to May 2018, I received no comments, but upon investigating I found that I had indeed received 167 legitimate ones and 1,000 were in the spam folder. Google Blogger had made some changes that I was unaware of. Please be aware that I do not know who reads my blog, I may know who subscribes, but that is all.