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General Information

  • Quakertown -- Anna Williams's history of Quakertown, originally published as one chapter of THE ROGERENES

  • Lambtown School -- Over the years, many Quakertown young people attended this one-room school before its closing in 1949. Memories by Irene Watrous Schultz; information from Ledyard Annual Town Reports; information about Samuel S. Lamb, long-time teacher; school photographs

Before 1900

  • The Mystic Oral School -- TheWhipple Home School for Deaf-Mutes (later, the Mystic Oral School) was begun in 1869 in a farmhouse in Quakertown by twenty-year-old Zerah Whipple

  • The Old Rogerene Cemetery -- Located in what is now forest, this cemetery was the site of Quakertown burials for nearly 150 years. This page contains historical background, a list of burials, photographs, and maps showing the cemetery's location

  • A Handle for the Battle-Axe -- A satirical poem published anonymously in Groton, Connecticut, in 1842 in response to the publication of the second edition of The Battle-Axe in 1841 by Silas Watrous of the Quakertown Rogerenes

  • Quakertown's Poet -- Ida Whipple Benham, born in Quakertown in 1849, published a number of poems in national periodicals. This page contains biographical infomation and a selection of her work

  • 1870s Journal -- The journal of Fanny Watrous Whipple (1821-1900) provides interesting infomation about life and personalities in Quakertown in the late nineteenth century. Included is a listing of local deaths, 1871-1883

  • Clara Hammond McGuigan Letters -- In Dr. McGuigan's possession for many years, these letters tell the story of her parents' 1860 courtship. It was Dr. McGuigan who compiled the authoritative genealogical work on Quakertown families, The Antecedents and Descendants of Noah Whipple (Ithaca, New York: John M. Kingsbury, 1971)

  • "Clara M. (Hammond) McGuigan, M.D." -- Biographical sketch that appeared in B. T. Marshall's Modern History of New London County (New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1922). Includes genealogical information about Dr. McGuigan's Hammond antecedents

Ca. 1900-1950

  • Abiah Chapman Phillips Letters -- Letters written by her family between 1890 and 1911, including the period of the "revival" of 1903-04: "How good it would seem to have the people united as they were last summer and the winter before... most of us have learned some valuable lessons since then"

  • Remembering Quakertown -- Doris (Whipple) Whipple (1906-2000) tells the story of her Quakertown childhood. "One time I begged to stay all night so I could listen to Grandpa’s stories. He had a long white beard and I would sit on his lap and listen to him tell about the families that started west"

  • "Flag Dispute Ruffles Ledyard Quaker Colony" -- Three articles that appeared in The Hartford Courant during May 1921. "[The Rogerene-Quakers] describe their faith as inculcating peace and good will, forbidding the taking of an oath, as opposed to war and everything which savors of it and even forbid their children taking part in any ceremonies or patriotic exercises which seem to have a bearing on war"

  • The Hurricane of 1938 -- Ruby Watrous (1920-2007) narrates her experiences in Quakertown during the worst storm to hit New England in the twentieth century. "That day seemed like a dream, and I could hardly believe everything was so changed." Edited by Mildred Allen

  • Quakertown Hall and Its Choir -- Memories of Roy Phillips's all-cousin Young People's Choir, a part of Quakertown Hall during the 1930s, before the Hall was destroyed in the Hurricane of '38. By Edna Crouch Cooper

  • Burning Bush Meetings -- The Metropolitan Church Association of Waukesha, WI, held meetings in Quakertown during the 1920s in the chapel on the ledge; in 1925, Floyd and Doris Whipple were married there

  • Brother Whipple's Early Life -- John S. Whipple (1884-1930) served for many years as a missionary to India, sent by the Metropolitan Church Association. He had been converted in revival meetings held in Quakertown during the early 1900s. This account of his early life was written by his wife, Jessie (Crouch) Whipple, and published in The Burning Bush, Oct. 30, 1930

  • Thanksgiving 1940 -- Thanksgiving celebration of the family of Timothy Levi Crouch (1879-1949) of Ledyard; a photographic record by Jack Delano for the Farm Security Administration. "Mr. Crouch is a stonemason by profession and lives on his farm where a little farming is done"

Ca. 1950-Present

  • Fourth of July Picnic -- For many years, a family and church picnic on the Fourth of July was a cherished tradition. "If you didn’t have a ride or way to get there, you could go up to the church about 10 o’clock in the morning and ride up on the back of a truck which had been outfitted with deacons' benches." By Irene Watrous Schultz

  • Christmas in Quakertown -- Memories of the annual Christmas program held for many years at Quakertown Church (now Ledyard First Assembly of God). By Irene Watrous Schultz

  • "The Boys on the Cliff" -- 1961 Reader's Digest article about the deaths of Freddie Whipple and Sidney Crouch during their attempt to climb the cliff below the Old Man of the Mountain, August 1959; also, local newspaper coverage of the tragedy

  • "The Field Car" -- A poem written and illustrated by Paul Crouch. "As a young boy in Quakertown, I along with many of [my] cousins, spent many happy hours driving in the fields behind the old barn located at the junction of Lambtown Road and Route 27"


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