|31 May 2012
After a 12 day jaunt across the US via parts of interstates and a few old US highways, I fell into the New Jersey pre-wedding beach lifestyle. I watched bridesmaids come and go and groom and groomsmen dash about all while I wandered the beach and canoed ponds and estuaries.
The wedding was a beautiful event and Amber is now a newlywed.
I left with a northern destination for more Knowlton historical sites. So here I am near Templeton, Ma and I’ve discovered the oldest church and searched the gravesites to find a memorial stone for Capt. Ezekiel Knowlton. Kelly now has the proof she needs to join the D. A. R. (her 5th G. Gf.) in direct lineage.
The troubles I’ve had are my appointment on the refrigerator diagnosed a needed part and may need to be removed from the trailer and a weeks time to get the part. I was not going to wait and will still have to stay in electric campgrounds as I travel. Then the truck started belching smoke last night after a long rainy day on the road and a tired driver attempting to back the trailer into a small camp. Tomorrow I’ll get an oil change and see if the smoke was brakes only (fingers crossed) or a burning clutch (which means I could be living near Templeton for a time). Keep your fingers crossed!
Back to Templeton, I wandered into an antique shop and bought a 250 Anniversary calendar and T-shirt. They are sold for donation to the anniversary festivities. I told the woman at the front our history and she immediately introduced me to a woman who runs the small museum. The antique shop owner showed me the house that the shop occupies which was built in the 1700’s and was a home for abused boys. The upstairs bedrooms were 7x9 and it also had a second floor domed ceiling ballroom.
The “town” was short, just the church and a row of buildings. I hope to find more info at the museum tomorrow.