Off the Path from New York to Boston

A Garden Of Books

May 8, 2020
Courtesy of The Book Barn

I don’t say this lightly – The Book Barn might top my list of all-time favorite establishments.

For one thing, I love books. Just about every available wall of my house is taken up by floor-to-ceiling bookshelves. And most of those books probably came from The Book Barn.

Thirteen brothers and sisters made up the Hutchinson Family Singers. They toured the United States and Europe. And they drew crowds of thousands of people.


Apr 3, 2020
Courtesy of Jesse Nasta

Cesar Beman marched and fought with black and white soldiers during the Revolutionary War up and down the Hudson River. But he wasn’t supposed to be there.

“He fought in place of the man who enslaved him,” says Jesse Nasta, a visiting professor of African American Studies at Wesleyan University. He says Cesar was one of thousands of enslaved people in New England. “It was sort of a compensation that he would be manumitted.”

There were almost 300 African American soldiers in the Revolutionary War from Connecticut alone, Nasta says.

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An economic genius is remembered for predicting the 1929 stock market crash that led to the Great Depression. His last words of wisdom live on – stenciled on a series of boulders in a Massachusetts ghost town.

Courtesy of New England Historical Society

Note: The area today known as “Boston Corners” was once known as the singular “Boston Corner” – no “s.” To avoid confusion, this story refers to the area by its contemporary name throughout.

If you look at a map of Massachusetts, there’s a little slice missing from the far southwest corner.