History comes alive in Groton graveyard

Full story: Lowell Sun
Eleanor Gavazzi, center, former Old Burying Ground commissioner, explains to Florence Roche School third-graders how the bodies were laid to rest during the 18th century. Full Story
Acre Lad

United States

#1 Jun 15, 2010
Great job, Eleanor.
As somebody who fought in wartime to preserve our freedoms; it is great to see youngsters be exposed to the history and sacrifices of our earliest Patriots.

The city of Lowell should be inquiring how they can schedule the same history field-trip for all their recent-arrival Americans (Vietnames - Lao - Cambodian - Dominican, etc) so that they can learn about THEIR country.
The Cemeterian

Tewksbury, MA

#2 Jun 15, 2010
This is great! Teaching children about the value of these historic sites is wonderful. There should be programs like this in Lowell. Especially since graveyard vandalism happens so much here.
Grot-Nun

Pittsburgh, PA

#3 Jun 15, 2010
Great job, Eleanor!
I have to mention a book I read when I was young, growing up in Lowell.
You're doubtless aware of the historical marker/boulder on Longley Road that relates the Indian attack on the Longley farm (early 1700"s?) and the massacre of most of the family.
Several were taken captive, and the eldest daughter, Lydia, was sold to a French-Canadian family in Montreal. She went on to become a nun--"Lydia Longley: The First American Nun" was the book of my youth. I'm sure it's out of print, but I hope that, for the benefit and interests of the youth of Town, Groton's library has a copy.
Keep opening their eyes!
Eleanor Gavazzi

Boston, MA

#4 Jun 15, 2010
Thank you for you post and kind words. For your information, Lydia Longley's brother John, who was also taken by the indians and returned, is buried in the Old Burying Ground in Groton. Thanks again, Eleanor
Grot-Nun wrote:
Great job, Eleanor!
I have to mention a book I read when I was young, growing up in Lowell.
You're doubtless aware of the historical marker/boulder on Longley Road that relates the Indian attack on the Longley farm (early 1700"s?) and the massacre of most of the family.
Several were taken captive, and the eldest daughter, Lydia, was sold to a French-Canadian family in Montreal. She went on to become a nun--"Lydia Longley: The First American Nun" was the book of my youth. I'm sure it's out of print, but I hope that, for the benefit and interests of the youth of Town, Groton's library has a copy.
Keep opening their eyes!
Lauren

Rutherford, NJ

#5 Feb 21, 2014
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