On February 10, 2009, archaeologist Dr. Ken Feder and Historical Society volunteers Linne Landgraf and Paul Hart met to discuss a proposed exhibit on the Barkhamsted Lighthouse community. The exhibit will be a temporary feature at the Squire's Tavern. It is our hope to have the display set up in the spring or early summer.
The Lighthouse site is an important part of Barkhamsted history not only for the popular legends, but also because the community that became established there was a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic group of Native American, African American and Caucasian settlers that lived a different life than that of most of the other residents of the town. The Lighthouse community persisted until the mid-1800s. All that is left now are a few small cellar holes and a tiny cemetery with simple grave markers. The site is located in People's Forest and was recently designated by the Connecticut Historic Preservation Council as an archaeological preserve.
Photo above- Archaeologist Dr. Ken Feder and Historical Society volunteer Linne Landgraf inspect artifacts from the Barkhamsted Lighthouse site. Dr. Feder visited the Squire's Tavern to help plan for a new exhibit on the Lighthouse community.