Ruby Devol Finch: Westport’s Folk Artist

Westport’s Ruby Devol Finch (1804 – 1866) is considered to be “one of the most uniquely creative female American folk artists of her time” (Donald R. Walters, “Ruby Devol Finch, Recent Discoveries,” Antiques and Fine Art Magazine 2012). However, with only 15 known works, it is not surprising that she remains somewhat obscure. Yet her […]

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Voices from the Past

Voices, some of which have not been heard for many decades, will once again come to life! A project to preserve and provide access to interviews conducted in 1976 is moving forward with assistance from a Community Preservation Act grant. During Westport’s Bicentennial celebrations in 1976, oral histories were obtained from numerous residents. Many of […]

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Tannery account book 1769-1777

Account book details tannery activities, approximate dates 1769-1777 Calf skins, hides, leather, bark, horse skins, dog skins, sheep skins. Includes a list of initials used to identify the owner of the skins. Accession 2018.009 To view larger images, click once on image.  

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Herb Hadfield

Herb Hadfield 1928 – 1989 “I’m going to turn around 180 degrees and take a big step forward. I’m building a log cabin in the woods and I’m not going to have any electricity, no telephone. I’m going to try to do it myself, and if I succeed in some of these areas, I can […]

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Now and Then at Hix Bridge

The recent Now picture was taken at the top of the boat ramp at Hix Bridge. You will note the house on the right in the background on Drift Rd appears in both the Then and Now photos. The cape to the south of the first house in the Then photo is blocked by trees […]

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