George Boutwell (above) met Ulysses Grant (below) when Grant arrived in Washington to be promoted to Lieutenant General by President Abraham Lincoln and was given command of the Union armies. Thus began a 20-year friendship that developed during the tumultuous years of Andrew Johnson’s presidency and impeachment. Boutwell led fight to protect Grant’s reconstruction policies. George Boutwell being one of 12 pallbearers, along with Generals Sherman, Sheridan and others, at the New York City funeral procession and burial of Ulysses Grant on August 8, 1885 witnessed by more than one and a half million Americans.
by Jeffrey H. Boutwell, Ph.D.
One hundred and fifty years ago this month, Groton’s George Boutwell took an historic ride with Ulysses S Grant up Pennsylvania Avenue to Capitol Hill and helped initiate the process by which Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani and others are today the targets of...
by Robert Stewart
After more than a year struggling to stay in business through the ups and downs of shutdowns and government restrictions, a Groton business owner is facing the ironic and perhaps tragic prospect of closing his business while signs of hope appear on the horizon and optimism...
“That is one good thing about this world...there are always sure to be more springs.” Anne of Avonlea, L.M. Montgomery. With the sun high and snowbanks receeding, perfect conditions for a run along Farmers Row. Photo by Steve Lieman
A paddle on the Nashua is on the list of great summer activities unique to Groton. Photo by Steve Lieman
Blue-spotted Salamander photo taken at Great Brook Farm SP in Carlisle, March 26, 2016 by Tom Murray
by Mary J. Metzger
All year they have been leading solitary lives under a rock, or somewhere damp enough to protect their sensitive skin. Now they are waiting for cues to emerge and congregate, social distancing be-damned. It’s time for the salamanders Big Begetting Night!
Groton Conservation Trust hike to the Matisse Forest Bells led by Ursula Flury. Photo by Steve Lieman
Groton's "Forest Bells," installation, also known as "the Matisse Bells", consists of six aluminum bells, in the shape of organ chimes, hanging from the limbs of oak trees in a forest in Groton. They ring quietly when someone pulls an attached rope, and ringing several together or in quick...
For an edition of the newspaper that reviews the important role of the Conservation Commission in town, it seemed perfect to have this beautiful image of a Red-bellied Woodpecker [Melanerpes carolinus] taken December 7, 2019 in Groton by Tom Murray.
Mute Swans [Cygnus olor] - Photo taken January 31, 2021 at the Marion Stoddard Conservation Area in Pepperell by West Groton resident Tom Murray. "Swans in the winter air/A white perfection have." – W.H.Auden.