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Town pounds

These structures, usually consisting of four low walls either of fieldstone or of rough-cut granite, were built as a temporary holding place for any livestock that escaped from their owners. In order to reclaim the pig or cow in question, … Continue reading

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Old Inns and Taverns

  In colonial times, there was an ordinance (in Massachusetts at least–I don’t know about the other colonies)¬†requiring that every town have at least one tavern or inn for the accommodation of travelers. Most of the surviving early¬†tavern buildings aren’t … Continue reading

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One-room Schoolhouses

In the 19th century, when kids had to walk to get to school, it wasn’t practical to have a single central school for an entire town–some kids would have had to walk four miles or more to get there and … Continue reading

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Village Greens

Not every town in New England has a village green or common. Of those that do, some have nothing more than a little plot of grass bounded on all sides by pavement. In compiling this list, preference was given to … Continue reading

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