There was a brief British occupation in Salem this past weekend as a joint collaboration between the Salem Maritime National Historic Site and Minute Man National Historic Park brought Redcoat reenactors to Derby Wharf. On Saturday, General Thomas Gage and his troops arrived and made camp, in commemoration of then-Governor Gage’s short-lived attempt to move the capital of the Massachusetts colony to Salem (away from very agitated Boston) in the summer of 1774. This plan was unsuccessful, and the resistance to it set in motion the events of the following year. Gage wasn’t in Salem for very long. The 2011 Redcoats departed on Sunday afternoon.
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- Not happy with the chapter I'm writing on Town House Square for our Salem book so put it aside and started fresh. There wasn't enough context so buried myself in the histories of colonial town planning all weekend---very interesting field. Apparently we have another sin to lay at the feet of the Puritans: they were poor planners! Those towns that were laid out around a common and meetinghouse did ok, but those that were not established a poor foundation. Salem's Common was developed relatively late. Quoting one source: while the Puritans were the greatest colonial town founders, they were conspicuous failures as town designers and town builders." This could explain a lot about Salem's planning history, or lack thereof! I just happen to like the illustrations of Hugh Thomson for the 1920 edition of the #scarletletter and #becausepuritans.
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