It is Good Friday and some things are CLOSED and also on Saturday! Boy how did I miss this as a holiday. That is two holidays that I was not prepared for actually three days worth, major glitch! Easter weekend and Patriot’s Day. Wikipedia has listings for each country including the USA so it is a start:
I do check Town Hall websites, County Government websites but State Websites might be a good idea too. Some holidays are regional or by state so this is important. If I had done a better search I would have moved my travel up a few days in the beginning and left New England earlier than the 24th of April…??? I was able to work around it and that was good. This was a big trip to prepare for!
Time to leave the Chester Bulkley B&B in Wethersfield. It is very quiet here. As I work on my computer I watch the sun set over the spires of the building across from the house. I like my little sitting room They have white wicker furniture in it and it is light and sweet with nicknacks here and there and litle foot stools. The house was beautifully decorated. My bedroom was roomy and the bed was inlayed wood with a rounded head on both the foot and headboard. It was very lovely. Very comfortable.
|I like the lavendor doors. His garden was just about ready to burst.|
|I watched night fall through this window, lovely spires to look at!|
My host was a young man who purchased the house and runs it on his own. He said he had decorated some of the house. This host was quieter but he was a good cook. I ate the omelette he made the day before and it was good. I usually don’t eat omelettes but I ate the whole thing! My breakfast was waffles with these peaches on it and it was good too. He did answer my questions and I did get a couple of laughs out of him but he was definitely quieter than the other hosts. He seems to think that gas will be $4 to $6 dollars in the summer and with the bad snowy cold winter tourism is down. I wish him and the other B&B owners luck and good fortune and I have excellent experiences in each place I have stayed this trip.
Today I am going to see the Ancient Burying Ground in Hartford. The librarian at CSL told me that I would probably have to park on the street or in a lot and walk to it. There is a church next to it.
The individual that I am visiting is a 10th great grandfathr Andrew Warner. No one really knows where he is buried but he founded Hartford along with many others. He is a forbear of the Scott family? I have been so focused on the Goss family marrying into the Cooley’s, Wolcotts, Bliss and others that I have not investigated these other lines of my family which are old and founding immigrants to America. I am getting mixed information on this man’s descendants and a lot of confusion. There is a book about the descendants of Andrew Warner compiled by Lucien C. Warner and Mrs. Josephine G. Nichols, 1919 at Ancestry. Lots of good information in this book. I need to do more digging.
I made my way back to Hartford and down Main St. stopping for gas and there were 5 police cars on the other side of the street. Awh city life! I past Capitol Ave and and spotted the church and the cemetery on the left. The cemetery and church are on Jewell or Atheneum St. I don’t remember if the streets were named differntly on each side? I turned left on Asylum two blocks north and parked in the lot on the corner. It was cold but partly sunny. There was wind. A Burger King was on the corner across from the Old State House. I wanted to also view the library and city hall but it was so cold even though it was sunny. Brrr…!!!
I made my way down a couple of blocks to the church and started taking my photos. There is a gate on the right side of the church were the cemetery is located. Several layers of iron fence surrounds it.
|The Church notice the tall building behind|
|First Church of Christ|
|Hartford name after Hertford in 1637|
|Entrance gates to the Ancient Burying Ground in Hartford|
|This statue greets you!|
|African American memorial|
|Daffodils are blooming along the edge.|
The names are alphabetized on each side. You just have to find the side of it that has the name you are looking for.
|An ancient cemetery in the heart of Hartford|
|Connecticut Historical Society|
|Entrance to the Connecticut Historical Society|
I had looked at the website and studied the catalog and other finding aids but was not real sure what I was going to do. Since it was open even on a holiday, I decided to go there and see what trouble I could get into.
I was greeted by the nice young lady that I had sat next to at the Friday night banquet a the New England Regional conference. She was very nice and helpful. Another lady was at the reference desk and she too had been at the conference. I am afraid that their names have escaped me. She was busy with moving microfilm and books and rearranging things so they could bring in more materials. Just know that all the librarians are very helpful and pleasant.
You can access many items in the research room but a lot of items have to be retrieved so you make your orders on the one order card and if you have any trouble filling it out you just ask the librarian and they help you.
I revisited the Goss file in the manuscript card catalog and I didn’t find anything in it that I had not already studied and obtained copies of. Sure wish Donald Lines Jacobus would have signed his letters it would make it more special.
They have WiFi so you can access that and it works wonderful. Ask at the desk for the code.
I ordered some old maps and studied Simsbury trying to see if I could find Simon Wolcott’s land in Simsbury. Do you think his treasure is still buried there? I wandered the stacks and pulled some books. This library is amazing so little time!
It closed a 5 pm. So about 4:45 pm I packed up and said good bye and thanked the librarians and headed out.
|Stacks at CSH|
|Entrance to the research center CHS|
It is time to head north Simsbury. Philip Goss of Brookfield and Mary Kendall Goss were in Simsbury before they headed up to Granby, Granville and then Becket. Actually Philip’s land was in North Granby. He had the births of some of his children recorded in Simsbury.
I had a reservation at Abigail’s south of Simsbury. It used to be Pettibone’s. They took me right into the dining room even though I was really early. I made good time and exited Hartford without too much trouble.
My dinner was tasty and Abigail’s was very fancy. The area I was in seemed new so I was a little surprised and had expected something older! A family (mother, son, father, her mother) sat down across from me and was very intent on planning their meals. Apparently they had been there before. The husband was very handsome but very serious. It was clear the mother was the focal point of this family.
|I was sitting on the right for my dinner|
I headed for the Simsbury House 1820 in the heart of Simsbury. I missed the sign and got honked at by acar on my bumper. Grrrr….! I found the Simsbury House by turning on Library St. and coming in from the side area.
The Simsbury house turned out to be more of a hotel than a Bed and Breakfast. There is a big porch and the entry way into the foyer. The stairs are to the right and up to the second floor. My room was down the hall to the right and looked out over the parking lot.
My plan was to empty the car and gather all my belongings to repack for the flight home on Sunday. That was two days away so I had some time to get things reorganized. It took 4 trips maybe 5. Once that was done I settled into the room. The room was a good size and had a wonderful desk with a view through the window. A bathroom was off the side wall. The walls were papered with toile in a light powdery blue and the curtains were a little darker hue but still in toile. I am providing a link for those who do not know their toile!
I climbed into the big soft bed. A little TV, a little wine! Good night!