A Grand Barn Opens Its Doors for a Day!

DATELINE: Mill Circle’s Treat

 Great Barn

For the first time in many years, the Great Barn of Mill Circle was opened to the public.

And, crowds came out for a “barn sale,” of many items collected over the past four decades by the previous two owners.

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Of all the curios, we were able to purchase a replica signage of the Old Homestead Tavern that graced Mill Circle from 1820 to 1827 when the stage depot and inn that catered to peddlers went into folklore as a haunted house. The original draw was a mineral spring called immodestly, “The Virtuous Spring.”

The house is long gone, but its companion barn still stands, impressive. Many visitors were extremely curious about its age and history. We were able to tell a few that we had written the barn’s history a few years ago. The book is available to those interested on Amazon under the modest title The Great Barn of Mill Circle.

A new book is forthcoming that details the barn’s role in the infamous murder of a peddler on the Fourth of July in 1826. It is called, not surprisingly, Murder at Mill Circle.

Those who came on this lovely June day were able to buy antiques, bric-a-brac and assorted junk, as suited their tastes, but they were not able to do a full tour of the barn. Its back section was shut. Its tack room closed to viewers who could not see inside. The stairs up to the loft and stable-boy’s apartment was blocked. A view directly up to the cupola was closed to audiences.

And yet, the visitors were awestruck by the architecture and solid construction that has weathered two centuries as the focal point of Mill Circle.

We think a murder victim was hidden in the cellar in 1826—and though his bones have escaped detection, we think the early graveyard of the neighborhood is in the rear. We’d need ground-penetrating radar to be sure if it is a cemetery of a few long-forgotten residents—and one murdered peddler.

And we want to share our extraordinary experience today with you.

Mill Circle Quartet

FOURTH VOLUME NOW AVAILABLE ON AMAZON!

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Works about historic Mill Circle in Winchendon Springs, Massachusetts, by Dr. William Russo:

 

HAUNTING NEAR VIRTUOUS SPRING

TALES of a TITANIC FAMILY

THE GREAT BARN at MILL CIRCLE

A GRAND MAPLE TREE on MILL CIRCLE

 

The old maple tree on Mill Circle is the last giant standing from the landscaping architecture of Nelson Davis White in the 1850s. He designed a private park near the family business and his renovated mansion, once the Old Homestead Tavern.

The last standing maple tree remains deeply rooted along the roadside of Mill Circle. Perhaps it has survived because its roots were fed by the famous mineral spring of the village. Now nearly 180 years old and standing a mammoth 100 feet tall, we catalogue the life of the old maple for all to enjoy and for a certain role in posterity. The tree is now in the autumn of its life.

 

IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS!

The Great Barn at Mill Circle

DATELINE:  Recommended book

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For the first time in 2016, and for the first time in its 200+ year history, the interior of the Great Barn at Mill Circle was photographed and documented. Mill Circle has been a favorite haunt for generations of residents and visitors, but most have only seen the barn from a distance on the outside.

Impressive as its exterior is, the inside of the fancy horse stable for wealthy owners remains a time capsule of New England life within layers. Built as a utilitariathe Great Barn at Mill Circlen barn before 1800, it underwent two major renovations in 1845 and 1965.

Today we can at last see the hidden interior, visible only to a handful of residents over two centuries. Included in this book are over 100 photographs, many in color—some never seen by the public. This book offers insights and sights of Mill Circle’s barn, the private sanctuary of two important local families—the White’s and LeClerc’s of Winchendon.

This is the third book in a series about the extraordinary neighborhood of Mill Circle. Previous works have looked at the notorious mineral spring and its legendary ghost in HAUNTING NEAR VIRTUOUS SPRING. The second work chronicled the two most famous residents, Percival and Richard White, who perished on the Titanic’s maiden voyage, TALES OF A TITANIC FAMILY. Now comes the story of Mill Circle’s stable, where a governor kept his horses, where a stagecoach line may have been the final stop for murder, and where the glimmering barn still stands.

Dr. William Russo puts together this collection of history and images, based on his personal view to the historic Mill Circle barn and his experiences as a resident of Mill Circle. A biography of The Great Barn at Mill Circle emerges from these pages.

Now available on Amazon.com.The Great Barn at Mill Circle