250 Years – in Gingerbread

The house we live in was built in 1768, so this year we are celebrating its 250th anniversary. Our celebration so far has consisted of eating foods from our Colonial cookbook, and designing our New Year’s gingerbread village in the style of Cheshire, 1768.

According to our Cheshire history book, our house was built by a man named Merriman Cook, when he was in his seventies. He later moved to Ohio when he was in his nineties, traveling by ox cart.

We don’t know for sure if Jonathan Trumbull was running for governor in 1768, but he was elected governor of the colony of Connecticut in 1769, and remained governor through the beginning of the American Revolution.

The Abijah Beach Tavern was a local gathering place in the 1700’s and is still standing today, though it is now a private residence.

“Remember the days of old, consider the years of many generations: ask thy father, and he will shew thee; thy elders, and they will tell thee.” Deut 32:7