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Historical Walking Trail - Pittsfield NH

 

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5.  Proceeding south along Broadway you will come to the Old Meeting House Cemetery. Most of Pittsfield's early settlers are buried here including its founder, John Cram. Among the Revolutionary soldiers are Enoch Blake who also served in the War of 1812, Enoch Butler, uncle of General Benjamin Butler of Civil War fame, "Jockey" Fogg, Pittsfield's first soldier, who helped carry the fatally wounded General McClary from the Battlefield at Bunker Hill and later participated in the ill fated march to Quebec, and Bradbury Green who officiated as drum major at the execution of Major Andre, the famous British spy who plotted with the American traitor Benedict Arnold.

 

 Also buried in the cemetery are Bridget and Josiah White. Bridget was the sister of Grace Fletcher who married Daniel Webster. It is because of this relationship that the "Great Expounder" frequently came to Pittsfield and actually owned property here.

 

 6.  Proceeding up Broadway we turn left onto Main Street and come to the Old Stage Depot. This Greek Revival house, c1840, was purchased by Jackson Freese in 1865 and it was from here that this highly esteemed "Knight of the Whip" operated one of the three stage lines in Pittsfield, the Pittsfield-Dover route. Pictured is one of the famous   Concord Coaches pulling up to the Depot across the street.

 

Concord Coach Across From Old Stage Depot

Concord Coach Across From Old Stage Depot
Courtesy Walker Transportation Collection, Beverly, MA Historical Society

 

 7.  Next door is the Grammar School, one of five Pittsfield buildings designed by renowned architect William A. Butterfield. It was completed in 1890 and served as a schoolhouse for nearly a century. The original plaque noting those involved in developing and constructing the building, including Governor Hiram A. Tuttle, is found in the atrium. In 1995 the building was substantially reconstructed to serve as Pittsfield's Town Offices. Interestingly, the slate floor in the entryway is made of the blackboards used in the old school.

 

Grammar School, c1900

Grammar School, c1900

 

 8.  Returning west on Main Street you will come to the front of the Old Meeting House, completed in 1789. The first minister of the church was Christopher Paige, step-father of the wife of Daniel Webster. He was succeeded by Rev. Benjamin Sargent who for the next 18 years, in an extremely unusual arrangement in the annals of church history, ministered simultaneously each Sunday morning to a group of Congregationalists under the leadership of Deacon Jonathan Perkins and to a group of Calvinist Baptists under the leadership of Deacon Jabez James.

 

Old Meeting House 1845-81

Old Meeting House 1845-81

 

9.  Beside the Old Meeting House, near the cemetery, is a sign noting the famous encounter in 1842 between Frederick Douglass and U. S. Senator Moses Norris, Jr. Douglass, the famous escaped slave working for abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison, came here to explain the horrors of slavery. Norris was widely known for his anti-slavery sentiments including having the Reverend George Storrs illegally arrested in Pittsfield for making an anti-slavery speech in the Pittsfield Baptist Church. When Norris discovered that Douglass had been left out in the rain after his noon address, the Senator took the abolitionist to his home and offered food and shelter. Douglass was so impressed that he wrote at length about the event in his autobiography .

 

Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass

 

Moses Norris, Jr.
Moses Norris, Jr.

 

 

 


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This trail data/booklet was prepared by Larry Berkson, President of the Pittsfield Historical Society.  Without his diligence this material would not be available.

 

 

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