Colrain, Massachusetts …where, in 1812, the American flag first was raised over a schoolhouse
The Colrain Historical Society, 8 Main Road, Colrain, will present an illustrated talk by Prentice Crosier on the life of Elder Edward Davenport, using projected images. The program will start at 7:30 after the society’s monthly business meeting.
On the Saturday following Flag Day and in keeping with longstanding tradition, the Catamount Hill Association invites you to hike to the monument and flagpole at the site where, in May of 1812, the American flag was first raised over a schoolhouse, and where we will once again raise our flag. On the way to the monument we will have lunch where Peter Shippee’s house once stood (No. 22 in The Puzzle and Cellarholes*) next to the beaver pond and the nearby mill. On the walk up Catamount we will pass the cellar holes of the Farley, Shippee and D. F. Daniels families. According to Emily Stacy, “When rumors of war (1812) first reached this lonely spot, Mr. Shippee, a prominent Democratic-Republican felt it his duty to “duly instruct” the Federalists in patriotism, as this was the first call to protect our newly formed Union. So to show his feelings of loyalty, as well as to inspire others, he conceived the idea of making the United States Flag.”
Weather permitting, we will meet at 9:30 AM Saturday, June 17 at the corner of Rt. 112 and Charlemont Road, in the Shattuckville section of Colrain. In addition to bringing lunch, water, and insect repellent you will want footwear appropriate for the old woods roads and trails that may be wet in places. To register call Muriel Russell at 413-624-3311.
* See these and other publications are available from our Historical and Genealogical Resources page.
We are pleased to announce that the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Association will again be held at the First Baptist Church, 81 Foundry Village Road in Colrain, on Saturday, August 12. Watch for details to be posted in the coming weeks and send a message to email@example.com to have such information emailed to you.