Woods of the Past #2 – Rev. William Blaxton, a New England Pioneer

In my last post I mentioned the founder of Providence, Roger Williams. However he was not the first European to settle in Rhode Island.  That title belongs to Rev. William Blaxton. William Blaxton was an Anglican Priest who was frustrated with the established Church of England. This resulted in him leaving England and serving as … Continue reading Woods of the Past #2 – Rev. William Blaxton, a New England Pioneer

Woods of the Past #1 – Intro

Many people think of pre-colonial New England as an “untouched” wilderness; however the various Native American people who lived here were excellent farmers and land managers. Primary sources tell us, when the first Europeans began to arrive, they found acres upon acres of land cleared for agricultural purposes and paths through the woods, which were routinely … Continue reading Woods of the Past #1 – Intro

Fall Foliage Camping Trip – The Willey’s – Part 1

As we drove south through the notch, heavy rain and dime sized hail were pounding the exterior of the jeep. Visibility was down to almost nothing but to my right, I could still see the historic marker where the Willey house used to stand. I remember visiting the area in my childhood and learning about … Continue reading Fall Foliage Camping Trip – The Willey’s – Part 1

The Woodsman School, LLC Basic Survival Course

It was early last Saturday morning around 3am, I got in my car and began making my way towards South Attleboro, Massachusetts. The Friday nightlife had spilled over onto the streets of Providence and into the fast food places and 24hr gas stations. I maneuvered my vehicle through the intoxicated, carefree drivers, dodging potholes and … Continue reading The Woodsman School, LLC Basic Survival Course