Saturday, May 21, 2016

Society Saturday- Colonial New Hampshire Stories Your GrandmotherDidn't Tell You

The Order of the First Families of Maine and the Order of the First Families of New Hampshire held a joint tea for their business meetings.

Member Sumner Hunnewell regaled us with interesting tales from Colonial New Hampshire.
- He told us of the Great Carbuncle, a legendary precious stone hidden somewhere in Mount Washington.  It is guarded by an Indian curse, and has not been found to this day.
- He spoke of the Dover massacre during King William's War.  The female Indians would shelter inside the fort at night.  One night, they acted like the Trojan horse and let the warriors in, who massacred many of the colonists.
- one colonist, Samuel Stone, was shot 9 times, and hatchetted twice, but lived to tell about it.
- there was a naval battle between a New York colonial ship and a Massachusetts colonial ship.
- and of course, the story of Lithobolia, or the stone throwing devil of Great Island.  This is a famous story of witchcraft, a land dispute, a disliked government official, and family strife. 

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