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A Few of FR's Finest....Every Day......Sept 26, 07....Massachusetts ~ "The Old Bay State"
Mama_Bear | JustAmy | The Mayor

Posted on 09/26/2007 12:02:52 AM PDT by Mama_Bear

A Few of FR's Finest....Every Day
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"On the Road Again"...

Please join "A Few of FR's Finest" as we make a cyber-visit to another state in this great Union of ours.

These are the states
we have presented to date:

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03-09-05 North Carolina
04-13-05 Arizona
06-15-05 Iowa
10-19-05 Alaska

"I shall enter on no encomium upon Massachusetts; she needs none. There she is. Behold her, and judge for yourselves. There is her history; the world knows it by heart. The past, at least, is secure. There is Boston and Concord and Lexington and Bunker Hill; and there they will remain forever." -- Daniel Webster, 1830

"By the sword we seek peace,
but peace only under liberty."

On November 19, 1620, a shout went up aboard the Mayflower: "Land!" Everyone rushed on deck. Barely visible many miles away a strip of shoreline could be seen. The Pilgrims dropped to their knees and wept with joy, thanking God. After sixty-six days and nights on the Atlantic, God had delivered them to the New World. Two days later the vessel reached Provincetown Bay in what would become the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

The 102 settlers aboard the Mayflower hold a rightly revered place in the history of America. Before disembarking, before even setting foot on the new land, these settlers blazed a new trail in participatory government, a trail that would guide a new nation toward democracy.

On November 21, 1620, the Pilgrims and other colonists met in the cabin of the ship and forty-one men signed an agreement that became known as the Mayflower Compact. This was the earliest attempt at self-government in the New World.

Click the graphic below....

From June through September of 1692, nineteen men and women, all having been convicted of witchcraft, were carted to Gallows Hill, a barren slope near Salem Village, for hanging. Another man of over eighty years was pressed to death under heavy stones for refusing to submit to a trial on witchcraft charges. Hundreds of others faced accusations of witchcraft; dozens languished in jail for months without trials until the hysteria that swept through Puritan Massachusetts subsided.

Fast-forward to 1775 and the
Revolutionary War

Click here for an excellent
Revolutionary War Time Line

***Touring Massachusetts***

Massachusetts is special in New England as the epicenter of several major chapters of Colonial and Revolutionary War history. Visitors can see the rock where the Mayflower supposedly landed in Plymouth; examine the sites of the 1692 Witch Trials in Salem; see where Henry David Thoreau developed his ideas about living close to nature in Walden; and walk the paths where the first shots of the Revolutionary War were fired in Lexington and Concord.

When visiting Boston, be sure to take "The Freedom Trail". It is a 2.5 mile red-brick walking trail that leads you to 16 nationally significant historic sites, every one an authentic American treasure.

Freedom Trail Information
Historic Homes and Sites
90 Great Things to do in Massachusetts
Visiting Salem
Massachusetts Beaches

Cape Cod lays claim to the majority of cranberry production in the United States. Its history began back when the Indians introduced cranberries to the Pilgrims in the early 1600s. The Pilgrims learned the benefits of cranberries quickly and began using them as a remedy against scurvy--similar to the way the English used limes. A recipe for cranberry sauce first appeared in The Pilgrim Cookbook in 1633 and forty-four years later ten bushels were sent back to King Charles II of England. The Pilgrims made other uses for cranberries including using the fruit to make dyes and poultices and whalers and residents used cranberries as a major source of Vitamin C.

More information available at Time for Cranberries

Thank you, JustAmy, for your research
and contributions on the subject
of Massachusetts cranberries! :-)

Apples and cranberries are a delightful combination!
Two-crust piecrust
12 oz. cranberries, fresh or frozen
1 cup maple sugar
6 cups sliced apples
1/4 cup arrowroot powder dissolved in 2 Tbsp. cold water

Line a 9-inch pie plate with piecrust dough and reserve the rest for making lattice. Place cranberries and maple sugar in a saucepan. Peel and core the apples and cut into 1/2-inch slices; add the slices to the cranberry/maple sugar mixture (which could also be called a syrup) as you go. Bring syrup to a boil and cook, stirring, for several minutes until cranberries begin to pop. Stirring constantly and quickly so not to create lumps, add the arrowroot/water mixture and cook another minute more, continuing to stir. Let cool slightly. Pour into pie shell. Make a lattice to cover the cranberry/apple mixture and bake at 350°F degrees for about 45 minutes.

  • 552 original documents pertaining to the Salem witch trials of 1692 have been preserved and are still stored by the Peabody Essex Museum.
  • Boston built the first subway system in the United States in 1897.
  • Although over 30 communities in the colonies eventually renamed themselves to honor Benjamin Franklin. The Massachusetts Town of Franklin was the first and changed its name in 1778.
  • Norfolk County is the birthplace of four United States presidents: John Adams, John Quincy Adams, John Fitzgerald Kennedy and George Herbert Walker Bush.
  • The Fig Newton was named after Newton, Massachusetts.
  • The visible portion of Plymouth Rock is a lumpy fragment of glacial moraine about the size of a coffee table, with the date 1620 cut into its surface. After being broken, dragged about the town of Plymouth by ox teams used to inspire Revolution-aries, and reverently gouged and scraped by 19th-century souvenir hunters, it is now at rest near the head of Plymouth Harbor.
  • The Basketball Hall Of Fame is located in Springfield.
  • The American industrial revolution began in Lowell. Lowell was America's first planned industrial city.
  • 1634: Boston Common became the first public park in America.
  • 1891: The first basketball game was played in Springfield.
  • Massachusetts holds the two largest cites in New England, Boston, the largest, and Worcester.
  • The creation of the Cape Cod National Seashore, which was formerly private town and state owned land, marked the first time the federal government purchased land for a park.
  • Robert Goddard, inventor of the first liquid fueled rocket, was born and lived much of his life in Worcester and launched the first rocket fueled with liquid fuel from the neighboring town of Auburn.
  • Quincy boasts the first Dunkin Donuts on Hancock Street and the first Howard Johnson's on Newport Ave.
  • Glaciers formed the islands of Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard during the ice age.
  • The first U.S.Postal zip code in Massachusetts is 01001 at Agawam.
  • Brewster has become the de facto "Wedding Capital of Cape Cod" because of its many small and larger inns that cater to weddings.
  • The birth control pill was invented at Clark University in Worcester.
  • The signs along the Massachusetts Turnpike reading "x miles to Boston" refer to the distance from that point to the gold dome of the state house.
  • Harvard was the first college established in North America. Harvard was founded in 1636.
  • In 1838 the Boston & West Worcester Railroad was the first railroad to charge commuter fares.
  • The Boston University Bridge on Commonwealth Avenue in Boston is the only place in the world where a boat can sail under a train driving under a car driving under an airplane.
  • John Adams and John Quincy Adams are buried in the crypt at the United First Parish Church in Quincy.
  • Princeton was named after the Reverend Thomas Prince, Pastor of the Old South Church in Boston, and one of the first proprietors of the town. Princeton was incorporated in 1759.
  • The Pilgrim National Wax Museum in Plymouth is the only wax museum devoted entirely to the Pilgrim's story.
  • In 1908, Miss Caroline O. Emmerton purchased The House of the Seven Gables - built in 1668 - restored it to its present state and, in 1910, opened the site to the touring public. The seven-gabled house inspired Nathaniel Hawthorne to write his famous novel of the same name.
  • The Boston Tea Party reenactment takes place in Boston Harbor every December 16th.
  • Balance Rock in Lanesborough is named in honor of a 25' x 15' x 10 boulder that balances upon a small stone below it.
  • The 3rd Monday in April is a legal holiday in Massachusetts called Patriot's Day, the day the Boston Marathon is held each year.
  • The first Thanksgiving Day was celebrated in Plymouth in 1621.
  • Charles Goodyear in Woburn first vulcanized rubber in 1839.
  • Elias Howe of Boston invented the first sewing machine in 1845.
  • The first nuclear-powered surface vessel, USS Long Beach CG (N) 9, was launched at Quincy in 1961.
  • The USS Constitution 'Old Ironsides', the oldest fully commissioned vessel in the US Navy is permanently berthed at Charlestown Navy Yard.
  • Revere Beach was the first public beach in the United States and is host to Suffolk Downs horse racing track, Wonderland dog racing track and a 14-screen cinema complex.
  • The official state dessert of Massachusetts is Boston cream pie.
  • Milford is known the world over for its unique pink granite, discovered in the 1870's and quarried for many years to grace the exteriors of museums, government buildings, monuments and railroad stations.

With appreciation to the following
websites for text and images...

Puritans Become Pilgrims
Visit New England
Massachusetts Facts and Trivia

And a special 'thank you' to JustAmy and The Mayor for
their contributions to our cyber-visit to Massachusetts.

03-27-07 ~ Hall of Fame #19 ~ Final


09-24,25-07 Military Tribute

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: history; massachusetts; oldbaystate; tribute
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To: jaycee

Reading through comment I see Your kind words re the chodwer ping,thank You!

61 posted on 09/26/2007 2:24:41 PM PDT by Majie Purple (I w s l m e t s m a p a/o p a s m o l a/o e i t t l f m...s i c l a o. *Note to self*Can't explain*)
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To: La Enchiladita
Thanks for the ping, Mama_Bear. It’s a beautiful thread, full of history and beauty.

Thanks so much, Dita.

Yes, Massachusetts looks beautiful and I love history. Someday I want to walk the Boston Freedom Trail. How cool to be in the place where our country began!

62 posted on 09/26/2007 2:26:10 PM PDT by Mama_Bear (My heroes wear camouflage!)
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To: Mama_Bear

Very well done Lori, glad to see you highlighting the states again. Spent the night in Springfield Mass while passing through New England on a return trip from Canada, it’s a very beautiful area.

63 posted on 09/26/2007 2:32:20 PM PDT by Aquamarine
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To: Purple Mountains Maj

I’m DYING for some of that chowdah!!! .. the best I ever ate was at a golf club in FL... the salt pork/pancetta made it so YUMMY.,1748,129183-246196,00.html

64 posted on 09/26/2007 2:33:26 PM PDT by STARWISE (They (Dims) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war-RichardMiniter, respected OBL author)
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To: Billie

That’s impressive Billie! Have this feeling I’ll be giving a Cyber Tour of my Home state Oklahoma one day. :)

65 posted on 09/26/2007 2:34:32 PM PDT by Aquamarine
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To: Wheelbarrow
As a person born and raised in Massachusetts (and a historical/government “buff” on the State), I’d like to congratulate you on a most complete and accurate presentation.

Well, thank you, wheelbarrow. How nice of you to say.

So, you are a native of Massachusetts too? My family is from the Framingham/Ashland area and my ancestors go back to the 1600's in Massachusetts.

Thank you so much for adding the information on the Thayer Academy, the first railroad, Bunker Hill, etc. There was so much more to say about Massachusetts that I could not include because it would have been WAY too long, so I really appreciate posts like this that add to the factual information about the state. It was truly a fascinating state to present. SO much history, it was difficult to know what to include and what to leave "on the cutting room floor". :-)

66 posted on 09/26/2007 2:35:03 PM PDT by Mama_Bear (My heroes wear camouflage!)
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To: Mama_Bear

Thanks for Your enthusiastic and thoughtful reply M B!

The only way I like the clams in any chowder is minced...barely there, but can taste the flavor of them still.

The only other clam dishes I’ve had are razor back clams; in shell;sauted in butter, at a restaurant.

I loved that way of clam prep/taste also and of course the clam strip w/diping sauce...

Chowda/razorback/strips love ‘em all!!!

& I love corn chowder too,like You do...I enjoy all kinds of homemade soup!

I’m sure You do to.

67 posted on 09/26/2007 2:36:19 PM PDT by Majie Purple (I w s l m e t s m a p a/o p a s m o l a/o e i t t l f m...s i c l a o. *Note to self*Can't explain*)
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To: All

Need to leave for awhile, but I will be back as soon as I can to answer the rest of my pings.

68 posted on 09/26/2007 2:37:33 PM PDT by Mama_Bear (My heroes wear camouflage!)
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To: Mama_Bear; JustAmy
Wonderful thread Lori and "assistant amy". It's great to see another state thread (and to see you two!). Plus another state I have yet to visit but certainly want to now. What a rich history! Thanks so much!

Need to work on John (won't post until tomorrow morning) Hope to stop back later. ((((((hugs)))))
69 posted on 09/26/2007 2:40:05 PM PDT by dutchess
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To: Billie

Hi Billie Thanks for the ping to Your # 37 map.

70 posted on 09/26/2007 2:46:45 PM PDT by Majie Purple (I w s l m e t s m a p a/o p a s m o l a/o e i t t l f m...s i c l a o. *Note to self*Can't explain*)
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To: La Enchiladita

Thanks for the clam chowder ping mention Dita!

71 posted on 09/26/2007 2:48:23 PM PDT by Majie Purple (I w s l m e t s m a p a/o p a s m o l a/o e i t t l f m...s i c l a o. *Note to self*Can't explain*)
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To: Purple Mountains Maj
(Going backwards on my pings)....

You are very welcome, Maj - hope you're feeling better, but if you're not - just know we care.

72 posted on 09/26/2007 2:49:09 PM PDT by Billie
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To: dutchess; STARWISE

"Walden Pond, Concord, Massachusetts - birthplace of the conservation movement.

Walden Pond is the site of H.D. Thoreau's cabin where he wrote his book Walden.

I didn't add much to the thread but I really enjoyed doing some research and remembering my vist to Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. Didn't get to spend enought time in the New England area.
73 posted on 09/26/2007 2:53:11 PM PDT by JustAmy (I wear red every Friday, but I support our Military everyday!!)
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To: Aquamarine; Mama_Bear; DollyCali; dutchess; GodBlessUSA; JustAmy; All
Heeeyy! It's Aqua! Would you do Oklahoma?!!! No rush - no timeline, no deadline. Would LOVE for you to do another state!

Thank you for the kudos, though it really wasn't that hard - it WOULD have been if Lori had not had all the states we've done (with dates) listed in her topper. :)

74 posted on 09/26/2007 2:54:23 PM PDT by Billie
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To: DollyCali

Hi MIss Dolly ... pleased to drop in, nice to see you ... the Finest IS the place to be.

75 posted on 09/26/2007 2:58:32 PM PDT by jwfiv
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Awww there’s Your reply T Y!

& Thanks for the link too!

I kid You not, I prefer saltpork/sidepork to bacon!
But the grocery stores around Here stopped stocking it on the shelves...drat!

As You know (taste wise) I love how much side pork tastes just like a pork chop in strip form!

*For those reading who don’t know this,side pork is uncured bacon...(Pre what makes it switch from pork chop flavor, to bacon flavor, prep steps.*

From what You wrote I know You already know this factoid Starwise.

76 posted on 09/26/2007 3:00:45 PM PDT by Majie Purple (I w s l m e t s m a p a/o p a s m o l a/o e i t t l f m...s i c l a o. *Note to self*Can't explain*)
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To: Billie; Aquamarine; DollyCali; JustAmy; GodBlessUSA; Mama_Bear; The Mayor
Hi sistahs...was just testing my text for tomorrow and saw you all here. GREAT to see you Aqua...and yippie...Oklahoma huh???

Great map biillie. So do you have a fave on dancing with the stars yet???

Dolly...yes...we need to do Ohio...I'll get with you soon!

Rus, Geebee and Dolly...this is the first I've heard about your gettogether (I've been AWOL lately obviously) Could one of you post a link to pictures, report?????

Again great job Lori and Amy...LOVE cybertravel (AND am also craving clam chowder!) Hope to BBL

(((((hugs all around))))))
77 posted on 09/26/2007 3:03:54 PM PDT by dutchess
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To: Mama_Bear; Aquamarine; DollyCali; dutchess; GodBlessUSA; JustAmy; Diver Dave
Thanks, Billie......and WOW what a lot of time you must have put into that map!! I cannot believe that so many states have been profiled. You're right, we really do need to finish them up.

I'd like to have dibs on Illinois and Montana. Wolfie can probably help me some with Illinois, since he has said he knows that state well, and my daughter-in-law is from Montana, so I can get some input from her on her state. I started on Kentucky but never finished it, guess I could finish that one up too. The rest of them I will leave to the other sistahs. :-)

Sounds like a deal to me! I think there are 15 remaining - if you do Illinois, Montana, and Kentucky; and Aqua does Oklahoma, GeeBee does New York, and Dutchess & Dolly do Ohio, that only leaves 9!

Hey, Dave, want to work on one - Washington maybe? You know how I like to put yours together. :)

I will do Kansas.

So....then there were 7.......c'mon, Sistahs!?

78 posted on 09/26/2007 3:04:06 PM PDT by Billie
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To: JustAmy

Thanks much Amy for Your pic ping etc...@ 45.

79 posted on 09/26/2007 3:06:39 PM PDT by Majie Purple (I w s l m e t s m a p a/o p a s m o l a/o e i t t l f m...s i c l a o. *Note to self*Can't explain*)
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To: MEG33

Sweet lil Chicadee pic ping,T Y Meg!

80 posted on 09/26/2007 3:08:59 PM PDT by Majie Purple (I w s l m e t s m a p a/o p a s m o l a/o e i t t l f m...s i c l a o. *Note to self*Can't explain*)
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