Exeter: Historically Speaking

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In March 1841, as townspeople flocked to the Exeter Courthouse to view a state-of-the-art diorama of the Conflagration of Moscow, the courthouse itself went up in flames. What was dubbed the "Conflagration of the Courthouse" is just one of the intriguing events revisited by historian Barbara Rimkunas in this collection. Exeter was also home to a score of eccentric personalities-including Dick the fire horse, whose obituary in the town paper ran longer than that of the fire chief, and the mysterious Dr. Windship, ...
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Overview

In March 1841, as townspeople flocked to the Exeter Courthouse to view a state-of-the-art diorama of the Conflagration of Moscow, the courthouse itself went up in flames. What was dubbed the "Conflagration of the Courthouse" is just one of the intriguing events revisited by historian Barbara Rimkunas in this collection. Exeter was also home to a score of eccentric personalities-including Dick the fire horse, whose obituary in the town paper ran longer than that of the fire chief, and the mysterious Dr. Windship, a surgeon in the American Revolution who later earned the epithet of "thief, fraudster and attempted bigamist." From scandals and Scotsmen to revolutionaries and river rats, Exeter: Historically Speaking reveals the many different threads with which Exeter's vibrant historical tapestry is woven.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596294868
  • Publisher: History Press, The
  • Publication date: 9/5/2008
  • Pages: 126
  • Sales rank: 1,396,798
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents


Introduction 7 Exeter's Working Waterfront 9 The Piscataqua Gundalow 12 Exeter's River Rats 15 Was the String Bridge Ever Made of String? 18 Streets and Their Names-Court Street and Pine Street 20 Leather Tanning in Exeter 23 The Exploding Cannons of Gilman Park 25 Dick the Fire Horse 29 Exeter Nurses Training School 33 This Old Outhouse 36 Scottish Prisoners in Exeter 39 The Mysterious Doctor Windship 41 Lewis Cass 43 In Search of the Sunbeam 47 General Marston's Missing Statue 51 The Innovative Mind of Benjamin Clark Gilman 55 Daniel Chester French and the World War I Memorial 59 How to Change a Dump into a Park 62 Exeter's Uncommon Dentist-Charles Gerrish 64 Doctor Alice Chesley 68 The Chestnut Street Jail 71 Scandal in Exeter, 1873 73 The Brickyard Riot of 1891 77 Crime of Passion 80 Temperance and the New Englander 85 The Anti-Suffragettes 88 The Ladies of the Frauenverein 92 George Washington Stepped Here 95 Robert Todd Lincoln's Big Flunk 98 Presidential Visit, Summer of 1889 101 War of 1812 105 The End of the Established Church 109 A Day at the Beach 112 Hampton Beach Disaster, 1898 115 Hurricane of 1938 118 The Elephant on Water Street 120 The Ghosts that Haunt the Historian 123 Acknowledgements 125 About the Author 127
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