Wednesday, September 07, 2011


An old post - led to a newer post - which leads to this from The History of the Old Town of Derby, Connecticut, 1642 -- 188O by Samuel Orcutt and Ambrose Beardsley - Published: Press of Springfield Printing Company, Springfield, Mass., 1880: " In laying out land this year on the Neck, the locations are designated by Paul's Plains, East hill, Indian field. Bar Plains; which last is supposed by some, to have meant Bare plains, but as there was another name for land a little further up the river, apparently called Baren plains, the former may have been called Bear plains, where the bears came to obtain grass (Pg 69 - 70)," another opinion of what "Bars" meant. Now I wonder what bears did with the grass in those days...

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