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Nov. 9 Program with Lucy Allen

posted Oct 16, 2017, 2:44 PM by Barre Library

Lucy Allen, a Barre resident who is a local historian and genealogist, will present a program at Woods Memorial Library of “Tales from Bygone Days in Barre” on Thursday, November 9, at 7:00 P.M.  The program will be held in Allen Hall.

Spanning the first century or so of European settlement in Barre (from the late 1730s to about 1850), Lucy’s program will introduce you to some of Barre’s pioneers.   We may envision our predecessors as stern and humorless, but that was not true in many cases.  There were saints and sinners, trailblazers and troublemakers. Lucy will tell stories of the successes of our early families.  They endured hardships, too, and the courage with which men, women and children faced their challenges will be described.  You will hear about how they found time for entertainment through music and dancing, traditions that have carried forward in Barre to current times.  Some of the early settlers had slaves to help them, and Lucy will tell tales of some of these individuals, too.  While most of Barre’s early residents were honest and hardworking, some were notorious for their criminal activities.  Their stories may surprise you.

Lucy has spent most of her life researching and documenting our town’s history.  Here she is pictured at Caldwell Cemetery in Barre with the gravestone of Sarah (Morrison) Caldwell, a Barre pioneer, who died in 1777 at the age of 96 years.  The program is free and open to the public.  It is sponsored by the Barre Library Association.