The Life of a Westport Farmer

Date: November 14, 2020
Time: 2:00 pm  to  3:30 pm

A virtual round table with local historians

2 PM Saturday November 14

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By a fortuitous chain of events, an old journal returned to Westport, Massachusetts.  It is the diary of Frederick Allen (1819-1874), who apparently lived his whole life on Hix bridge Road, where the Buzzard’s Bay Brewery is today.  For 59 months from early June 1833 through the end of April 1838 he kept a journal almost daily.  For the first 47 of those months he lived the life of a young, unmarried Westport farmer and recorded the wind and weather and his various activities of work and play.  For the last 12 months of the journal he shipped out of Westport Point and went a-whaling and recorded his trip around the Atlantic Ocean.

Many volunteers have helped to transcribe the journal. Join us for a virtual round table of local historians who will discuss the journal and how it illuminates the life of a farmer in South Westport.  Learn more here: