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WHATE

THAT is known to-day as “the old an increasing regret that with the changes

meeting house," built soon after in the church body, it was deemed wisest the Revolution, was so truly for the suc

to leave the old building. ceeding fifty years the centre of the town The present church, finished in 1847, life, that it seems a fitting point from is pleasant and convenient, and it may be which to begin an account of Haddam's but the glamour of the past that makes second century. It was planned before the departed structure seem the more the division of the original society into precious. In the old church it was that the three of Haddam, Higganum and Watt's Psalms and Spiritual Songs were Haddam Neck. Boatloads of parishion- lined off, and the tuning fork held its final ers then came across the river and tramped sway. There sounded the clarionet, the through the meadows. Ox teams brought bass viol and the fiddle. To the old families from Johnson's Lane near Dur- church, on the death of Mr. May in 1803, ham and from Turkey Hill near Killing- came David Dudley Field, whose desworth. In the sketch of the First Con- cendants figure in every history of Amerigregational Church, written by the present can jurisprudence, literature or enterpastor, Mr. Lewis, there is a charming prise.

Dr. Field held three pastorates description of the structure. It stood at in the town, two to the original church, the head of Haddam street, crowning a from 1804 to 1818 and from 1836 to hill ; surrounded by buttonballs ; "a 1844, when he became the pastor of the stately building," of the dignified style of church then newly formed at Higganum. the time. Three stone steps, leading to During all these twenty-seven years Dr. the green on which it stood are all that Field's efforts for the town were enthusinow remain. Nothing of the building has astic and effective, and his interest in the this generation seen, save a few bits of the place and the people to which his earliest decorations, the "cookies," as the chil- and his latest labors were given is evinced dren called the mouldings that softened not alone in the faithfulness of his pastothe terrors of the sounding board. It is ral work, but in his three volumes con

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cerning the region ; “ History of Middle- nals as the result of the “cold water
sex County," “ History of the Towns of raisin'.” In those days, neighbors gath-
Haddam and East Haddam," and the ered to put up the frames of buildings.
“Brainerd Genealogy.” Among those of The labor was made the occasion for
his children born in Haddam, were merrymaking and New England rum fig.
David Dudley, the eminent jurist; Step- ured in the entertainment. The parson-
hen, long senior justice of the Supreme age was built for Dr. John Marsh, the
Court; Matthew, who bore an important clergyman between the two pastorates of
share in the successful laying of the first Dr. Field. Dr. Marsh was famous as a
cable; and Emilia, whose son, Mr. Jus- pioneer in the temperance movement that
tice Brewer, sat with his uncle, on the later swept over the country. No rum
Supreme bench at Washington.

could be expected at the "raisin'" of his
parsonage, and many were the prophesies
that the timbers would never be in place
on such terms. The staunch minister won
however and no stouter building faces the
street to-day, than that of the “Ma'sh
place."

Some twenty years ago, the four sons of Dr. and Mrs. Field, proposed a memorial for their parents. A park was contemplated on the site of the church where their father had preached, and below the parsonage, but the space was small and finally, not only that was bought, but also a larger tract opening in the centre of the village and running behind the "Brainerd Academy," in the founding and success of which, Dr. Field was deeply interested. Drives wind through the grounds. Young trees and shrubs mingle

with the veteran growth that stood in the CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH, HADDAM. pasture lots before the park was planned.

Frowning on the village, Isinglass Hill The unpainted walls of the dwelling rises from the midst of the lawns. Toward which the Fields first occupied, and in the street, great boulders make its end a which David Dudley Field, Jr., was born, clift. Behind the Academy, its steep stood until five years ago, opposite the side rises, clothed in dark undergrowth present schoolhouse.

Further up the and slender trees that reach upward for street was the second home, a square the sunlight. On its summit two ragged white house, built by Dr. Field, the site

pines keep watch. Every child of the of which is yet made beautiful by the elms

town has gathered mica from the loose set out by the preacher. On Dr. Field's stones of its steep pathway and has crept return for his second pastorate, he went to the edge to peer venturesomely over to the new parsonage, beside the meeting the ledges. Each, when older grown, has house, the building noted in village an- returned to look on the serene sweep of

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ure grounds for the people of Haddam in ings and is well represented. Started as all time to come.” David Dudley Field a Sunday School in the home of Mr. Wm. had delivered great speeches before great C. Knowles, the present rector, the Episaudiences, but never words more eloquent copal church in eastern Ponset is now than were the few spoken on this seventy- housed in a pleasant little structure and fifth anniversary of his parents' marriage, forms a needed center for the scattered "to those and the descendants of those households of the region. A Roman whom they loved and among whom they church building has been erected at the dwelt."

entrance of Higganum street. The ConFrom the one of early times the church gregational church of Higganum, a plain organizations in the town have increased white edifice, crowns Big Hill, whence the to nine with Swedish services at intervals. surrounding slopes of lawn and pasture and forest spread in a wide picture, and from Efforts for a town library were made as the crest of which upper Higganum seems early as 1791, when a library society was tumbled, willy nilly, into the hollow at its formed. This was short lived but twentyfeet. The little white church of Haddam five years later a literary society owned Neck turns its back on the world across eighty volumes. Other attempts to colthe river in order to face its village street. lect books have left traces in odd volumes There is not a point whence the Neck can bearing the marks of the different clubs, be seen that does not show the tiny spire remnants of these small gatherings being facing unsociably to the east, with no sign now included in the twelve hundred books of excuse, for the Neck, from the west, of the present free library. Originally looks one steep hillside with here and the Association having the care of the there a farm house set in woods. The library charged a fee of one dollar a year longest of recent pastorates, however, for its use. Since this fee was dropped, have been in the original society and no the circulation of the books has increased

tenfold, but all support must now come from gifts, and the funds are at present nearly exhausted. Aside from the amount needed yearly (one hundred dollars) the collection has outgrown its present quarters and a building for its accommodation, making possible also a reading room, is the dream of those interested.

In ripping an old THE OLD FIELD PLACE. (Birthplace of David Dudley Field, Jr.)

needle case, recently,

the stiffening was found account of the town is complete that does to be ancient ball invitations. One card not mention these. Mr. Cook, known in decorated at the top by an olive branch theologic circles for his “ Theory of the and the word “Peace” reads: "Miss Moral System” and “Origin of Evil,” Zeruiah Brainerd is requested to honor served some few years after the division

the company with her attendance at the of the society. Later came Mr. James L. Ball at N. & J. Brainerd's Hall on WednesWright, the beloved pastor, in memory of day the ist March, 1815, at three o'clock, whose sixteen years of beautiful service, afternoon.” The windows of "N. & J. the present communion table was given. Brainerd's Hall ” still look down on the In 1871, on the death of Mr. Wright, village street from between the heavy succeeded Mr. Everett E. Lewis, whose hemlock boughs. The house, now that of earnest endeavor for the welfare of the Mr. G. A. Dickinson, is a fine specimen town has been through all these eight and of the hip roof looking to-day as staunch twenty years as unflagging as it has been

and comfortable as on that March afterbroad minded, thoughtful and devoted. noon when its walls echoed to the figure

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