The most exciting find of the day was our visit to Cogswell's Grant. John Cogswell was my 10th great-grandfather, and he was given a grant by the King of England to 300 acres of land in, what is now, Essex, Massachusetts.
He built a home on the property. Over the years, it was added on to, until the original house was torn down. What remains now is the house built by his grandson (not in my blood line). But the land, though diminished in size and no longer in the family, is still a working farm.
The older barn on the property, which I believe dates to 1728.
The house, c. 1732, is open for tours during the warmer months of the year. But being quiet and having the place to ourselves, it provided a lovely spot for our picnic!
Springtime arrives, and each year I am just so eager to go on a picnic! This year, I could hardly wait to get outside for one. I've spent some time researching the history of picnics, and hope to share that with you someday soon.
- Menu -
Crackers and Quark
Sliced Strawberries & Tangerines
Croissant Sandwiches with Black Forest Ham, Lettuce, Sliced Brie,
and Sliced Strawberries (super yummy!)
The front yard of the property is terraced into three levels, with the house and a large maple tree sitting at the top. The yard, a little wider than the house is encompassed by an old, stone wall. And at the bottom of the yard was a simply gorgeous patch of blue springtime flowers. Ahhh...we felt positively transported to England!
It was all so pretty, it was difficult to leave. But we had more exploring to do, so off we went to nearby Ipswich. Here we studied hundreds of gravestones in one of their old graveyards, in an attempt to find the graves of about six different relations.
All of our searching resulted in just one find, but we were thrilled to find that! John Tuttle was my 8th great-grandfather. We laid flowers on his grave and left, determined to return another day and renew our search at another graveyard.