June 1st – June 7th

"She was singing about pirates. It's bad luck to be singing about pirates with us mired in this unnatural fog. Mark my words." ~ Pirates of the Carib...

Week Forty-One…

That quote was running through my head as I drove around the island in the late Spring fog and tried to capture the pure mystique that the island was wrapped in yesterday.

This is Taggart’s Ferry which is a public access way on the eastern side of the island.  The Middletown historical society gives us this excerpt: “A ferry service was started, probably in the eighteenth century, at a landing at what is now the east end of Green Avenue. Known as Taggart’s Ferry, it carried produce from Little Compton destined for Newport and ran until about 1870.”  This parcel of land was sold by Clarke and Isaac Taggart to Joshua Peckham on April 18th, 1799.  And true to Rhode Island nature, 211 years later, we still call it by it’s old name.  I know this detail for I am lucky enough to own the original deed to this 16 acre and 30 rod parcel of land.

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2 Responses to “June 1st – June 7th”

  1. That’s also the original site of Taggart’s house, which he made from his ferry ship when he retired. That house now sits on Third Beach road (at Ogeedankee!), about a mile from it’s original location, a place where wee-Garrett grew up playing long before he had any idea he had the original deed to the land the house originally sat on in his families possession!

  2. Beautiful and love the little history lesson too. Nice

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