Say I Do!

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

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…

(Queen) Victoria Mourning

After the death of her husband, Prince Albert, Queen Victoria of England plunged into mourning. A political match had turned into a beautiful, 21 year marriage, with the two clearly in love with one another. Victoria mourned deeply, wearing black for the rest of her life, including to some of her own children’s weddings. She…

Well-Intentioned White Abolitionists Men Ran the Show: #UGRRMyth

The Underground Railroad is an amazing story with people coming together to fight for one basic American right: freedom. Unfortunately, over the years, the idea of the Underground Railroad has become romantic and surrounded by myths. It makes it next to impossible for historians to weed through everything, let alone the the average American citizen.…

Underground Railroad in the South: #UGRRMyth

The Underground Railroad is an amazing story with people coming together to fight for one basic American right: freedom. Unfortunately, over the years, the idea of the Underground Railroad has become romantic and surrounded by myths. It makes it next to impossible for historians to weed through everything, let alone the the average American citizen.…