Archive for August, 2011

Shoes Hidden in Old Houses to Ward off Evil Spirits…

August 22, 2011

From our Inquiries from Readers page (received today)

Early 19th c Shoe (Concealment Piece)

Chris M. from Indiana writes:

I am a graduate student at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. As part of my Master’s thesis, I am researching objects deliberately concealed in buildings for good luck. I am particularly interested in the practice of concealing old shoes or boots in buildings, which seems to have been brought to the U.S. from Great Britain.

It is my understanding that a shoe was found in a house in Rocky  Hill, CT. I am trying to find out more about the shoe, where exactly it was found in the building, when it might have been concealed and by whom. If you know anything about this object or any other unusual objects found in the walls, ceilings, floors, or chimneys of other historic buildings in the area (horseshoes, old garments, bottles with unusual contents, strange animal remains, iron tools, coins, etc.), I would greatly appreciate it if you would contact me or forward my email to someone who may be able to help.

I look forward to your reply.

We replied:

“You are in luck as I was one of the persons finding the old shoe hidden as a “concealment piece” (as such things were then known) in the Rocky Hill home where I lived until ten years ago. The shoe was found some 15 years or so ago and after examining, photographing, and exhibiting it to society members we replaced the shoe behind the panelling next the hall fireplace where we found it. (see attached photo 18C Parlor…) The room in the photograph is actually what is known as the hall and the shoe was found behind the panelling near the upper left side of the hearth. The date of the house is c 1750; here is a view from 2006.
The shoe may be viewed in this composite view made in 2009. Other, more detailed views (you can enlarge the images for greater detail) are here,here,and here. If you learned about this shoe from these photos on the web then  you may already have seen them. The shoe is made of leather and is fastened together with wooden pegs.”
Her followup message:

…would it be possible to use the photos of the shoe and house in my thesis? If so, how would you like me to credit them?

“I also wanted to let you know that I sent the photos of the shoe to the cobbler at Colonial Williamsburg and he identified the shoe as a “man’s or boy’s, 1820s-40ish, round toed w/pegged repairs. Waxed-calf with “dog-leg” side seam.” Which is interesting because it post-dates the house, suggesting the shoe was concealed at a later date, perhaps during an episode of repair or remodeling.”

Save the Ferry Public Hearing Tonight!

August 22, 2011
Please  attend tonight!

DOT Public Information 
on the Rocky Hill-Glastonbury Ferry
August 22,  6:00 
RH Town Council Chambers
Written statements suggested.
Ed Chiucarello

CT DOT Announces Hearings on Ferry Closures – Rocky Hill on Aug 22 & Aug 25 at Chester

August 8, 2011


Please note: The location of the hearing in Rocky Hill will be posted as soon as we receive such information.

Save The Ferries Volunteers Needed

The Conn Department of Transportation is soliciting public comment & response to its proposal to close the Connecticut River ferries at Chester/Hadlyme and Rocky Hill/Glastonbury.

The public has two opportunities to make submissions to the DOT – (1) by mail and email, and (2) at public hearings scheduled for Aug 22 (at Rocky Hill) and Aug 25 (at Chester).
There will be a meeting of volunteers on Tuesday, Aug 9, at Hadlyme Public Hall at 7 PM to organize the community’s response to DOT’s request for submissions.
Volunteers are needed for many tasks in this effort.
This is an opportunity to make a contribution of your time to Save the Ferries.
If you can’t attend the meeting but would like to volunteer, please send an email to no later than Wednesday 10 August. Please include in the email your phone number and preferred return email address

If You Don’t Have Time To Volunteer ….

 ….. Please Send DONATION$$
Hadlyme Hall’s effort to prevent the closing of the Connecticut River ferries has cost more than $1,500 so far, and expenses are continuing to increase. Please consider sending a donation to help in covering these costs.
Make checks out to: Hadlyme Public Hall
Send to:  Save the Ferry Fund
PO Box 25
Hadlyme, CT 06439 

Please forward this email to friends and/or neighbors who might be interested in giving either of their time or a donation.

Thank You

(You may receive this message more than once. If so, please accept our apologies. We have not had time to purge our email lists of duplicates.)

Humphrey S. Tyler

401 Joshuatown Road
PO Box 430
Hadlyme CT 06439
Phone: 860-322-4021
Mobile: 518-253-4844

Here is text of hearing announcement for Chester on Aug 25:

Public Information Meeting August 25

Chester-Hadlyme Ferry Service closure

The Connecticut Department of Transportation will hold a public information meeting to discuss the Chester-Hadlyme Ferry closure. This closure has been necessitated by the state budget crisis.  The public is invited to listen to a brief presentation about the ferry service and will be allowed make brief statements, which may include ideas and thoughts that may assist the Department regarding strategies for ferry service and operation.

August 25, 2011; 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

The Chester Meeting House

4 Liberty Street

Chester, CT

Free parking is available.

This facility is ADA accessible. Individuals requesting language assistance or accommodations due to a disability may contact the communications office at (860) 594-3061; or (860) 594-3090 (TTY).  For consideration your request should be submitted 7 days prior to the event. The department will make every reasonable effort to provide assistance when possible.

(Urgent!) Volunteers Needed to Distribute Fliers at Rocky Hill Ferry Landing.

August 6, 2011

Ed  Chiucarello is coordinating the efforts to “Save Our Ferry”. This weekend’s action is to pass out fliers at the ferry landing. Volunteers needed today (Aug 6) for 12-1, 1-2, and 2-3 time slots and tomorrow (Sunday Aug 7) for the 3-4 and 4-5 periods. Contact Ed at <>.

Credit Sean Conor Rocky Hill Patch - Rocky Hill Ferry Landmark


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