The Salem News
---- — A peek at the past
In 1828, the population of Hamilton was about 700 people, and there were fewer than 150 dwellings in the entire town. There were no trains, trolleys, cars, drugstores or telephones, and the stage coach came by only once or twice a day. Yet, according to a small diary penned by a young woman named Caroline Whittredge, the seemingly dormant town was quite active. Tomorrow at 1:30 p.m., Dallas Bradel, the transcriber of Whittredge’s diary, will speak about this small artifact found in the archives of the Hamilton Historical Society and the brief, yet interesting, picture it portrays. The event is presented by the Hamilton Historical Society and takes place at Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., S. Hamilton. Refreshments will be served, and everyone is welcome to attend. For more information, visit www.hamiltonhistoricalsociety.org.