Over 80 years ago, a blacksmith at Lowell's Boott Mills wanted a career change. He saved his money, bought a dairy farm on Stevens Street, and a plot of swampy land no one wanted not too far away in Chelmsford. He started his dairy farm, and used his revenues to cart in tons of dirt…Read more The Birth of a Chelmsford Landmark
Over five years in and I've finally gotten around to creating a Facebook page for Forgotten New England. Please stop by, like the page, peruse the posts, and enjoy! I'll be posting regular content as we build the page, and community. https://www.facebook.com/forgottennewengland/
We made the November/December issue of Merrimack Valley Magazine, with an article on Chelmsford's Thanksgiving Forest, just one of the many impressive open spaces in this Merrimack Valley town. Located just a few minutes south of Chelmsford's town center, the article on Thanksgiving Forest is especially timely, with the Annual Day before Thanksgiving Walk approaching this…Read more Merrimack Valley Magazine Feature – Chelmsford’s Thanksgiving Forest
As far as hiking trails go in Eastern Massachusetts, Groton's Gibbet Hill offers an interesting story, as well as spectacular views. Pronounced "jib-bet" and meaning 'gallows,' the name for the hill off Groton's Route 40 comes from another hill in England and was named by Groton's English settlers when they first came to the area in the 17th…Read more Groton’s Castle of Broken Dreams – Bancroft Castle on Gibbet Hill
In November 2014, the inspiration came to Mark. He was listening to the 99% Invisible podcast, which was running a story on how the city of Portland, Oregon wanted to redesign its municipal flag. Proponents of the change complained that the city’s flag was, basically, a city seal on a bed sheet. Mark thought about that, and wondered what Lowell’s flag looked like.