SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

Opinion

November 13, 2012

Letter: Feasting on nature's bounty in Ipswich

To the editor:

The Ipswich Museum held its annual Harvest Supper on Oct. 24. Sixty people feasted on the bounty of the season: turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, stuffing, butternut squash, and a variety of pies, cakes and squares.

It was the 114th annual Harvest Supper that the museum, formerly the Ipswich Historical Society, hosted — almost every year since its original founding.

The very first supper was held on a Tuesday evening, Dec. 20, 1898, in the Whipple House.

At that time, it was located in Depot Square where the railroad station is today. The house was later moved to its present location on South Village Green. The Society had recently purchased the Whipple House, which had fallen into decay as a boarding house, with the intent to repair and restore it. Society members not only raised funds to save the house, but also provided themselves with a new home and exhibit space.

The invitation was written in old English, and was signed by Edward Kavanagh and Lewis R. Hovey, representatives of the Committee of the Historical Society of Ipswich.

A special note at the end of the invitation gave details of the event. It read: “Na Be — This gathering will hold for 2 and 1/3 hours beginning att half after five and ending att 8 o’clock. A bounteous repast of beans baked with porke, rie and Indian breade, boiled meat and vegetables, hasty and Indian puddins, appel dowdy, and other delicacies will be provided for ye pleasant companie.”

And what do you suppose the cost of this bountiful meal was? “Twenty-five pennies or ye monie to ye equal amount will be left at the doore by ye Gentlefolke.”

A special thanks to Pat Tyler, town historian and museum collections chair and researcher, for finding this historical gem!

Wendy Evans

Director

Ipswich Museum

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Opinion

AP Video
Raw: Lawmakers Scuffle in Ukraine's Parliament The Rock Finds His Inner 'Hercules' Michigan Plant's Goal: Flower and Die Raw: MH17 Passenger Remains in Kharkiv, Ukraine Raw: Israel Hits Gaza Targets, Destroys Mosques ShowBiz Minute: Hoffman, Oberst, Box Office WWII Vet Gets Medals, 70 Years Late Raw: Israel Bombs Multiple Targets in Gaza Veteran Creates Job During High Unemployment Raw: Cargo Craft Undocks From Space Station Widow: Jury Sent Big Tobacco a $23B Message New Orleans Plans to Recycle Cigarette Butts UN Security Council Calls for MH 17 Crash Probe Obama Bestows Medal of Honor on NH Veteran Texas Sending National Guard Troops to Border Hopkins to Pay $190M After Pelvic Exams Taped Foxx Cites Washington 'Circus Mirror' NASA Ceremony Honors Moon Walker Neil Armstrong
Comments Tracker
Roll Call
Helium debate
Helium