Say I Do!

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T’is the season of engagements. For the past two years, I’ve known someone who’s gotten engaged over the holiday season and it’s certainly a popular gift. But then the fun starts… planning a wedding. This means dress shopping, tux rentals, engagement parties, bachelor and bachelorette parties, bridal showers, catering tasting, cake tasting, choosing colors, venues, […]

The Great Scandal of Spring Hill

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We’d like to thank MassMu Archivist, Mandy Altimus Pond, for uncovering this slightly scandalous part of our history. First, some backstory: In 1854, Arvine Chaffee Wales inherited Spring Hill from his father, Arvine Wales (or as we call him, Arvine One). A few months after his father’s death, his step mother, Nancy Shepherdson Wales, passed […]

Early American Christmas: Religious or Debauchery? Part Two

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**Notice: This post will include discussion of alcohol, intoxication, sexual misconduct, and cross-dressing. Nothing will be explicit, but please be aware before allowing younger history enthusiasts to read. Check out Part One of this post for information on the religious history of Christmas in Early America. While many people celebrate Christmas as a religious holiday, […]