Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Wadsworth Diary - Feb 21, 1858

Very Pleasant & cool 15 above All staid at home except Jos. He went to Franklin. After supper went to Uncle Richardsons to see Grandmother with Mother & Abbie. Mother staid. Went to Aunt Hannahs and got her to watch. Went with the sleigh for the first time this winter.

In the 1850s, on a busy working farm in the southern part of Franklin, a man named George Wadsworth started writing in a journal about everyday events. When he filled that journal, he bought another, and filled that up too. Two dozen journals, and 27 years later, he had written about almost everything that can happen in a small New England town. His words were lost to history until 1986, when town resident Gail Lembo came across some of the journals at a yard sale. 

From the Franklin Historical Museum website

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