This is part of a series of Hamilton and Wenham, Massachusetts, oral histories of the towns, produced by William Heitz and Edmund Josephs from 1986 through 1995. It was originally taped in the spring of 1989. It was converted to .m4v format by library volunteer Robyn Luna and uploaded to the Internet Archive by Sarah Lauderdale, Head of Reference at Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, on Tuesday, January 12, 2016. Our thanks to William Heitz for permission to upload this content to the Internet Archive. Our thanks also to volunteer John Brucker for his description of the interview, included below.
Summary: Introductions and brief bio for Al Dodge, History of Fairfield Cemetery, Original will of William Fairfield, Actions taken to protect Fairfield Cemetery, David Dodge’s Eagle Scout project to clean up the cemetery, Photographs of cemetery headstones taken by Harold Boothroyd, Wenham citizens who helped preserve Fairfield Cemetery, Importance of cemetery preservation, Old Wenham depot and railroad spur, Pictures and stories of the Timothy Pickering house, Brief bio and military career of Timothy Pickering, Frederick Prince Estate present-day site of Gordon College, Frederick Prince’s business career and interest in Polo, Purchase of the Prince Estate by Gordon College, Pictures of Gordon College, Estate of Mrs. John Nightingale
The following names and terms were used in this interview: Wilbraham Academy, Dodge Associates, Elizabeth Wallace, A. W. Dodge Nursery, Fairfield Cemetery, Dodge family cemetery, David Dodge, Ancient County Highway, Headstone inscriptions: William Fairfield Esq., Sara Fairfield, Lydia Fairfield, Lydia Fairfield(daughter), Eunice Fairfield, Tabitha Fairfield, Esther Fairfield, Timothy Pickering, Alexander Hamilton, Jim Reynolds, Society for Promotion of Agriculture, Ebenezer Giles, Abby Prince, Norman Prince, Frost Hall, Coy pond, Round Pond, Chebacco Lake, Chebacco House, Villa Veranda, Princemere, Weeping Willows, Grapevine Road