Another bit of Abington's past - and also Abington's present - that I slowed down to take in is this: the Abington Social Library.
Today it is a regular free library, open to the public. But physically it retains all the charm of a time when the institutions we're now accustomed to were still being worked out, and things were done just a little differently. In much smaller buildings.
Pomfret Library, which for years held the title of smallest library I'd ever seen. That is, until I found...
website, which also provides this improbable description of 18th century life in Windham:
"exceedingly hilarious and enjoyable...Good cheer abounded...Merry-makings of every description were frequent. The residents of Windham Green were especially noted for love of fun and frolic, bantering and jesting."It is true that while I was parked outside this library, a small army of children and adults on bicycles swarmed around my car shouting happily. But the extent of the exuberance in the above account still takes some doing to imagine.
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