Manchester, the Queen City

Manchester, the Queen City

The first time I visited Manchester, the largest city in New Hampshire (pop. 110,000), was back in 2006 when hubby and I came up from NYC to attend our first PorcFest, which you should do too! It was a Sunday, it was dreary out, and Elm Street, the main downtown drag,...
Pine Tree Riot: A History of Rebellion

Pine Tree Riot: A History of Rebellion

Today is the anniversary of Weare’s Pine Tree Riot of 1772, which took place 17 months before the Boston Tea Party and three years before “The Shot Heard Round the World.”

You can read more of the history here, but the gist is the British Crown overreached by mandating that New Hampshire white pine trees of a certain size remained the property of the King of England. You see, England had a navy and these ships needed masts. England had also greatly deforested its lands by now, so, like good overlords, decided to steal stuff they needed to invade and kill and wage war from the colonialists who were trying to get away from it all.