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Block Island Manissean Ancestral Stone – Need donations~

This stone is the one that Pam Gasner is asking for donations on –

she was just informed the stone will cost over $2500.00

Any help would be appreciated!
Block Island Sign Donation Info:
Donation for the sign for the Block Island Native Americans can be made to:
Block Island Historical Society/Pam Gasner
PO Box 79, Block Island, RI 02807
Phone: 401-864-4357

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Email from Pam Gasner for the Block Island Tribute for June 26th 2011

Connie- received approval from Town of monument to read “in honor of the Manissean’s   Their ancestors and descendants”. I will email you a drawing this weekend. The 350 committee is paying for the stone to be located near the Indian cemetery at Fresh Pond. The other stone for the village site is being funded by the historical society and we are hoping to receive pledges towards it. The cost is $500.  If you can put the word out that would be great. It will be a natural stone located on the trail where we can  add the memory piles. “Manissean village site.  500 BC” dedicated 2011 will be inscribed. Looking forward to your visit.
Pam Gasner

Address:     18 Old Town Road & Ocean Ave.
Block Island, RI 02807 USA
Phone:          401-466-2481
Additional Phones  research: 401-864-4357
fall hours: 11 – 4 weekends or by appt. weekdays
Directions:     The Museum & Shop are located across from the bank at the 4 way intersection (Bridgegate Square) in the Victorian Red Mansard Roof building

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Block Island Trip

For June 26th – Block Island Trip I will be making plans to be at the Lighthouse Inn on June 25th – We will be taking the Point Judith Ferry to the Island (getting times and dates together) on the 26th~ Info on Inn: Across from the Block Island Ferry, the Lighthouse Inn is a fun, casual Beach Hotel located in an authentic fishing village of Galilee, RI. It’s the perfect Location to relax and enjoy southern Rhode Island! Great beaches, seafood houses, riverboat cruises, fishing charters, the Pt. Judith salt pond, ice cream and gift shops, local pubs with live music and plenty of sea air, seagulls and sunshine are waiting for you at the Lighthouse Inn of Galilee. Lighthouse Inn of Galilee:307 Great Island Road Narragansett, Rhode Island 02882

Phone: (401) 789-9341 or (877) 789-9341 Webpage:

Block Island Ferry Schedule:
2011: June 25th – August 28th
Days: M-Sun
Departs Pr. Judith: 7:15a, 9a, 11:10a,1:10p, 4:35p, 6:45p
Departs Block Island: 7:55a, 10:05a, 12:05p, 3:30p, 5:45p, 7:45p
Note from Coni: I do believe we should try for the 7:15 am trip to the Island – gives us more time and we will leave at the 7:45 departure and we will be staying at Lighthouse Inn for the 25 and 26th – Head to Long Island for the 27th~

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Barkhamsted Historical Society is now on Facebook!!

Barkhamsted Historical Society

Is now on Facebook!!

~Link to the left to websites~

2011 Lecture Series
7:00 pm, Barkhamsted Senior Center

Feb. 11, The Wild and Scenic Farmington, with Liz Lacy, Farmington River Coordinating Committee

Mar 11, Westering Home, traditional music of Scotland and Ireland, Laura Mazza-Dixon, Mattie Banzhaf, Linne Landgraf

April 8, Center Hill History, with Paul Hart

May 13, Carpentry with Old-time Tools, with Mike Day

No admission is charged for these events, but donations are gratefully accepted.

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Barkhamsted Historical Society – 2011 Lecture Series

Barkhamsted Historical Society – 2011 Lecture Series
7:00 pm, Barkhamsted Senior Center

Feb. 11, The Wild and Scenic Farmington, with Liz Lacy, Farmington River Coordinating Committee

Mar 11, Westering Home, traditional music of Scotland and Ireland, Laura Mazza-Dixon, Mattie Banzhaf, Linne Landgraf

April 8, Center Hill History, with Paul Hart

May 13, Carpentry with Old-time Tools, with Mike Day

No admission is charged for these events, but donations are gratefully accepted.

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Planning a Genealogy Trip for June 20th – Middle of July~

Block Island Historical Society is planning a Event to honor the Native American‘s from Block Island – I know that date so far is set for June 26th on the Island – and then I’m planning a trip to Long Island for some sightseeing and then we are gonna head to Barkhamsted Ct. to camp for a few days – As things progress and plans are made I will post them here – just giving heads up to anyone that would like to join us on this trip!

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Chauvin Sculpture Garden by Artist Kenny Hill

4/20/2007 I went to the Chauvin Sculpture Garden, I can’t explain the beauty of this artist’s talents (Pictures in the photo album) Will be a place I visit often….I had meet this artist about 10 years ago and had just started on the tower..AMAZING!

History / Biography on Artish Kenny Hill:

Little is known about the reclusive Kenny Hill, a bricklayer by trade, born around 1950. In 1988, he settled on some property on the bayou in Chauvin (pronounced show-van), Louisiana — population 3,400. Hill pitched a tent as his home and, over time, built a small rustic home that demonstrated an interesting use of space and attention to detail. Then in 1990, without explanation, he began transforming his lush bayou environment into a fantastic chronicle of the world is seen through his eyes.

Less than a decade later, more than 100 primarily religious concrete sculptures densely pack the narrow, bayou-side property. The sculptures are a profound mixture of Biblical reference, Cajun colors, and the evident pain and struggle of the artist’s life. Most are guided, supported, or lifted by seemingly weightless angels — black, white, male, female, baby, or soldier. The angels, each unique, some inviting passage, others prohibiting, vary from blue skinned, bare-footed, and sightless to regal angels clad in medieval garb with the black boots of the local shrimp fishermen.

The most prominent piece is a 45-foot-tall lighthouse, composed of 7,000 bricks, with figures clinging to the outside: cowboys, soldiers, angels, God and Hill himself. A walk through this sculpture environment is an emotional experience, evoking a sense of deep spirituality but also personal pain.

Hill placed himself in many of the scenes: he rides a horse; carries Christ’s cross; stands with long hair and a beard, his heart bleeding; and shows his face painted half black and white, suggesting the artist’s struggle between good and evil.

During the ten-plus years he lived on the property and created his art, he was adamant that the work was just for him — he felt no need to share it. Hill repeatedly denied requests for access to photograph or publicize his work but reportedly declared it a “story of salvation” for the local residents.

Neighbors have created a picture of Hill as a man who, by the time he abandoned his art in early January 2000, was deeply troubled and left not only his art and his home, but also abandoned the religion that had come to dominate his life. Evicted by the parish for not keeping the grass and weeds under control, Hill disappeared on foot, but not before knocking the head off of the sculpture of Jesus.

The site has been gifted to nearby Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana. When former NSU Art Professor Dennis Sipiorski tried to prompt Hill to expound on the site’s meaning by asking, “Is this your vision?” Hill replied, “It’s about living and life and everything I’ve learned.”

In 2002 the site was officially opened to the public with the dedication of the new Nicholls State University Folk Art Studio, a gift of Kohler Foundation. For information or to arrange a tour of the site, call the NSU Folk Art Studio at 985-594-2546 or Jenny Authement, Coordinator Chauvin Sculpture Garden and NSU Art Studio. (985) 688-4752.


The Kenny Hill Sculpture Environment is located near Chauvin in the Parish of Terrebonne, Louisianna, on the left descending bank of Bayou Little Caillou, about 19 miles below Houma, Louisianna — roughly 90 minutes south of New Orleans.

From New Orleans, take I-310 West, then Exit I-130 via ramp at sign reading "US-90 W to Houma" and go southwest for 21.5 miles. Continue on access road at sign reading "US-90/LA-3198 to Houma/Raceland" and go west for 0.4 miles. Turn left on US-90 and go southwest for 90 feet. Continue southwest on LA-182 for 4.4 miles. Turn left (southeast) on LA-316 for 2.5 miles. Turn right (southwest) on LA-3087 for 1.9 miles. Turn left on LA-24 (East Main Street) and go southeast for 2.8 miles. Turn right (northwest) on Marie Lane for 120 feet to Chauvin.

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Plantation Homes

Plantation Homes I’ve Visited
Just click the name to go to their website
Post Office Box 950
2646 Hwy. 44 (River Road)
Saint John the Baptist Parish
Garyville, Louisiana 70051-0950

Phone: 985/535-2341
Fax: 985/535-5450
Toll Free 1 (888) 509-1756


Was one of the prettiest plantation homes
I’ve ever seen!
Photo’s in: *My Louisiana*

Oak Alley Plantation, Restaurant & Inn
3645 Highway 18 (Great River Road) Vacherie, Louisiana USA 70090
Phone: (225) 265-2151 or 1-800-44ALLEY Fax: (225) 265-7035


This is a beautiful home!
Lined with 28 live oak trees…just breathetaking!
Photo’s in: *My Louisiana*
Laurel Valley Village/Plantation Museum and Country Store
595 Hwy. 308 Thibodaux, LA 70301
(985) 447-2902 to arrange tours
(985) 446-7456 -Country Store
This is located in my home town of Thibodaux
I love the quiet but eerie drive thru this plantation~
Photo’s in: *My Louisiana*
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Swamp Garden/ Morgan City

Morgan City Swamp Garden
725 Myrtle Street,
 Morgan City, LA 70380
(985) 384-3343
Cost: $4.00
Went on 4/21/06
Was a beautiful tour,
Had Indian huts and
a real boat house showing cajun living
from the old days.
One of my favorites was
the 600 year old Cypress!
Pictures in: "My Louisiana"
Description: A walking guided tour through
3.5 acres of natural swamp depicting life
in the great Atchafalaya Swamp and animals
native to the swamp.
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Brownell Memorial & Carillon Towers/ Morgan City

Brownell Memorial & Carillon Tower
Closed Mondays & Tuesdays
3559 Hwy 70
Morgan City, LA 70380
Phone (985) 384-2283
I went on 4/20/06
Had a wonderful walk and was able to hear the Carillon Bells
play 2 different songs….was very beautiful
Pictures in *My Louisiana Album*
The Largest (bourdon) bell contains the inscription:
"This Carillon Given by Mrs. Claire H, Brownell
In Loving Memory of her parents,
Charles Horace Brownell &
Frances Pierson Brownell"
Verses of the Twenty-Thirld Psalms are engraved
on the next largest 13 bells.
A 9.5 acre park in a natural setting located next to Lake Palourde.
The 106 ft. tall carillon tower contains 61 bronze bells,
One of the world’s largest and finest cast-bell Carillons,
which were cast in Holland,
representing five full chromatic octaves,
range in weight from 18 pounds for the smallest to
4730 pounds for the largest. 
The park is a designated bird sanctuary.

Info from Louisiana Office of Tourism 

& Brownell Memorial park pamplet