Schoolhouse Lost & Found

If you’ve taken the first floor “before” tour, you’ve seen the bathroom and “fish” room (named for it’s whimsical wallpaper). We didn’t think much of them at first, but as demolition progressed, the rooms increasingly appeared to belong to an entirely separate structure.

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George Washington meets an obstacle

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The cottage was originally built by Thomas Munsell in 1831. While I’m sure that Thomas had many interesting and enviable traits, the star of this story is his father, Jacob Munsell. You can read the story in its original form above, but if you need a modern day rendition, continue reading. 

During the Revolutionary War, Jacob Munsell was a farmer who lived in East Windsor, CT. He would frequently deliver supplies to the Revolutionary Army just outside of Boston. One time, while near Cambridge, MA, he found himself on a rough, narrow road with a full cart of supplies. He found that two carriages were approaching him, both carrying American Army generals. The first officer told Munsell to “Get the hell out of the path!” Munsell said “No f’ing way! You move instead!” 

The officer tried to force Munsell off the path to no avail. The second carriage approached Munsell and said “My friend, the road is bad and it is difficult for me to move over. Can you please let me through?” 

Munsell, in as falsely obsequious tone as he could manage said “With all my heart sir, but I won’t be damned out of the path by any man.” 

That second officer was George Washington.