1. In March 1882, residents were alarmed by something at the West Suffield Hotel. What was it?
a. A group of ex-Confederate soldiers who were spending the night
b. A six-horse team laden with 400 kegs of gunpowder
c. Native Americans who pitched a tent on the grounds of the hotel
2. Also in 1882, the Suffield school board issued a circular ordering all teachers to…
a. Be able to teach students ranging in age from 6 to 13
b. Teach needlework to girls
c. Instruct students on the evils of intoxicating beverages
3. Alexander King, whose home is now the King House Museum, was a witness to the American Revolution and was an active participant in politics locally and in the new country. He…
a. Was a signer of the Declaration of Independence
b. Fought in the Battle of Lexington and Concord
c. Was a delegate to the state convention which ratified the United States Constitution in 1788
4. What last name was not one of the original grantees of Suffield who received land in 1674-1682?
5. What is Suffield’s connection with Texas?
a. Texas longhorn cattle were first bred in Suffield
b. Anthony Austin, an original Suffield grantee had descendants who founded Texas
c. Robert Allen, a Suffield resident, fought and died at the Alamo
6. How did the Suffield Historical Society obtain the Alexander King House?
a. Samuel Reid Spencer donated it
b. The Town of Suffield confiscated the property when it became derelict and subsequently donated it to the Society
c. Alexander King bequeathed it to the Society in his will
7. What is an “original proprietor” in Suffield’s history?
a. The person who acquired the grant of land from Eng-land
b. A recipient of one of the first 121 land grants
c. One of the first settlers in Suffield who owned the entire tract of land in common with the other proprietors
8. Suffield is connected to the early history of this country in many ways. Joseph Fuller, the father of an early Suffield settler also named Joseph Fuller, bought land in Suffield but never lived here. The father, however, participated in two of the following events. Which ones?
a. He helped to hide the Connecticut Charter in the Charter Oak.
b. He participated in the Battle of Turner’s Falls during King Philip’s War.
c. He arrested a witch in Ipswich who was hung by her feet.
9. A family still living in town bears the name of one of the original settlers. A branch of the family moved away and started a company which manufactured firearms and ammunition. What is the name?
10. The descendants of one of the original settlers built several treasured Suffield antique houses which are still standing. What was the name of the original settler?
a. James King
b. Launcelot Granger
c. Joseph Harmon
1. b. A six-horse team laden with enough gunpowder to blow up the town.
2. c. Instruct students on the evils of intoxicating beverages.
3. c. Was a delegate to the state convention which ratified the United States Constitution in 1788
4. b. Fuller
5. b. Anthony Austin, an original Suffield proprietor had descendants who founded Texas.
6. a. Mr. Spencer bought the house in a state of neglect in 1910. He slowly restored it and donated it to the Society in 1960.
7. b. A recipient of one of the first 121 land grants
8. b. He participated in the Battle of Turner’s Falls during King Philip’s War and c. He arrested a witch in Ipswich who was hung by her feet.
9. b. Remington. Remington is America’s oldest gunmaker and is claimed to be America’s oldest factory that still makes it’s original product.
10. a. James King