Sunday, October 26, 2014

Caves Whitcomb Farm Magic & Witchcraft Littleton MA

Whitcomb Farm (cave on the hillside, burial, barn & shale), Littleton, Massachusetts, May 31, 1932. From The American Antiquarian Society (AAS) library

House built by Jonathan Whitcomb. Nine generations of Whitcombs owned and operated the property as a farm. It remained in the family for 262 years, until 1963. Five members of the family served during Revolutionary War; two were killed at the Battle of Bunker Hill.

Read about field investigation, Dudley 1720 Witchcraft Affair, Rev John Eliot, and William Miller at Nashoba Hill: The Hill that Roars Vision Quest and Nashoba Praying Indian Village
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Picture Glossary of New England Lithic Constructions Featuring Nashoba Valley Area LithicsHistory of Middlesex County, Massachusetts: With Biographical Sketches of Many of Its Pioneers and Prominent Men, Volume 2 
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Littleton, MA Historic Plaques and Markers

J H D Whitcomb of Beaver Brook Stock Farm Littleton Mass was born June 15 1861 upon the farm. This farm has been in the Whitcomb family for no less than eight generations and the various members of the family have been prominently identified with agricultural matters In the fall of 1879 Mr Whitcomb completed the course of study at the Bryant and Stratton Commercial School at Boston acted as his father's foreman until 1883 He then purchased the herd of Ayrshire cows owned by his father and began business

In January 1984 he visited the Lakeside Stock Farm the great Holstein Friesian breeding establishment of Smiths & Powell Co at Syracuse NY and selected two very choice animals a bull and a heifer These animals were fine representatives of the breed and from the Aaggie and Alexander families the bull being Sir Rupert of Aaggie and the heifer Amy Alexander These constituted the foundation of the now widely known Beaver Brook Herd of Holstein Friesians which has been gradually increased until at present it numbers about fifty pure bred recorded cattle fifty pure bred Mr Whitcomb found in his early experience with the breed that it was considered too large for New England pastures but with trial and investigation this unfounded prejudice disappeared and he now finds it difficult to supply the demand As milk and butter producers Mr Whitcomb considers the breed has no equal and probably no family in New England has had longer or greater experience in milk producing than the Whitcombs For the past few years Mr Whitcomb has been a large and successful exhibitor at the Bay State and New England Fairs The high quality of his herd has here been demonstrated to the public by the many prizes awarded to its members by expert judges of the breed The blood lines followed in the breeding of Beaver Brook herd are those whose performances have been the means of their popularity as great producers Most prominent are the Aaggie Netherland Queen of the Hill and Clothilde families The leading sire of the herd Sir Netherland Soldene Clothilde is also of these lines and has the additional qualifications of much beauty and symmetry of form In the public competitions at the various fairs this grand bull has never failed to bring the highest award to Beaver Brook.

1 comment:

  1. Amazing! I grew up in Little ton and never heard this story. Thanks!