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The week’s challenge topic is Monument. Here is a gallery of monument photos I have featured in the past, plus a couple of new ones.

The Boston area of the U.S. has a lot of history, though we are really a “young” nation compared with Europe. So, none of these monuments are really “old.”

The Library at Peacefield is from the 1800s.

So too, is the statue of Washington in the Public Gardens.

The original “Mayflower” that brought the pilgrims to America is long gone; the Mayflower II is a replica built in the 1950s.

 

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Jake’s topic this week is Natural Resources.

My favorite natural resource is trees. I absolutely love old trees. Next to my neighborhood they are taking an old farm and renovating it into a new senior center. One of the most precious natural resources of the old farm is its trees, which are hundreds of years old. They planted a lot of new bushes and trees as part of the renovation, but preserved some of the old trees that were still healthy.

Old Tree at Sachem Rock

Old Tree at Sachem Rock

Old trees show a life lived and have character, just like human faces, don’t you think?

The Satucket River winds through the woods around the farm-turned-senior center, another natural resource that originally made the land very desirable. This piece of land was settled early in American history. It was “purchased” by some of the first European settlers from the Native Americans who lived there in 1649; there’s a monument on the property on top of a giant rock. “Sachem” is the word designating a Native American “chief” or leader.

Sachem's Rock

Sachem’s Rock

The natural water was one important reason why certain pieces of land were desired when the Europeans first came to America. The abundant rocks in the area were another natural resource used by the farmers to make walls around their property and build structures. All these natural resources made the area great for farming and a perfect place to make a home.

Stream

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Massasoit monument

Massasoit monument

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I admit, I struggled with Jake’s latest topic. I think of villages as something they have in other countries, not the United States where we have towns and cities. To that end, I went to the “shoe box” to try to find a photo from an old trip to Europe that I could scan –nothing I liked. Then I thought a little harder. Within our small towns, there are areas of a few streets or a few blocks with their own names; these areas used to be “villages.”

I took this photo a year ago with the intention of showing the note on the window. (I don’t want to give away why…one of these days I will get a good shot; that’s for another blog post.) I took the photo from my car as I rode by, so I didn’t get the quality I wanted, but this little post office is important for another reason. It has historical significance; it is part of an area within our town called Elmwood.

The Elmwood church, kitty-corner across the street, recently closed and will be torn down. It used to be a bustling place where people gathered, and it also housed community theater. There’s a tribute at the library describing this. As for this post office, as far as I know, it still has post office boxes, but I think with recent post office cutbacks, they let the postmaster go. A local historian named Thomas Turner explained its connection to Abraham Lincoln in a 2009 interview:

Lincoln came back through the area in 1861 when his son Robert was attending Philips Exeter Academy in Andover. Robert continued his schooling at Harvard during the Civil War.

The Elmwood section of East Bridgewater was a very busy shoe factory area during the Civil War. Abraham Lincoln sent a request to the factory to have their own post office so they could ship the shoes directly to the Union soldiers.

Turner believes the little post office is still in use.

“Most places don’t have a small post office anymore,” Turner said. “In most other towns it would have been long gone.”

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