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Early Groton Industries: 2014 Ramble Sponsored by Groton Historical Society on July 15

On Tuesday, July 15, the Groton Historical Society will sponsor a talk and trip exploring facets of Groton’s past.

Archeologist Marty Dudek will speak on “Smoke-Out on Smoke Hill and More: Early Industry in Groton” at the Groton Historical Society’s newly reopened headquarters at Boutwell House at 172 Main St. in Groton at 7 p.m.

His illustrated talk will highlight charcoaling, potash production, the bog iron industry and tanneries and include sawmills and the soapstone quarry.

Dudek is the senior project manager and principal archeologist at John Milner Associates, historic preservation and cultural resources management firm. His 2012 tour of the Groton soapstone quarry established him as a popular and knowledgeable speaker.

After his talk, participants are invited to carpool to the home of Job Shattuck who led Shay’s Rebellion in 1786 for a tour of its early architectural details from its owner, and to enjoy traditional and delicious homemade ice cream. Directions and address information will be given that evening.

Thanks to a grant from the Commissioners of Trust Funds, this program is free and open to the public.

For information, go to GrotonHistoricalSociety.org or call 978-448-0092.

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