1. Suffield currently boasts one of the highest concentrations of farmland in the state. What is the percent of active farmland in the town?
2. The MacDougall-Walker Correctional Institution in Suffield is the largest correctional facility in New England. What year was it built?
3. Suffield’s Historic District, 2.5 miles in length from South Main Street to the intersection of Mapleton Avenue and North Main Street, was listed on the National Historic Register in….
4. Suffield Community Aid provides many services for the town. Which one is not provided?
a. Food Pantry
b. COVID-19/Crisis Relief Fund
c. Backpacks and Supplies for School-Age Children
5. Broadleaf and shade grown tobacco have both been grown in Suffield. Which statement is correct?
a. Broadleaf has leaves that are thicker and coarser than shade tobacco and is used for the cigar wrapper while the thinner and finer shade tobacco leaves are milder and used for expensive cigarettes.
b. Both types of tobacco are chopped at the base of the plant and hung in tobacco sheds to cure.
c. Currently, Connecticut Valley broadleaf tobacco is more in demand than the Valley’s shade grown tobacco.
6. Judge Erastus Granger, a cousin to Gideon Granger, Jr. who was the Postmaster General under Thomas Jefferson, was also appointed to an important position by Jefferson. What was it?
a. The 1st Superintendent of West Point
b. The 1st mayor of Washington D.C.
c. An Indian agent, who, with the Seneca Indian nation and their allies, successfully repelled the British and the Mohawks during the War of 1812.
7. In a Suffield home, on July 6, 1741, two hundred men and women gathered and fervently listened to a much anticipated speaker. Who was he?
a. Jonathan Edwards, a fiery revivalist preacher
b. John Winthrop, Jr., governor of the Connecticut colony
c. Ben Franklin
8. In 1940, Jack Delano, a photographer came to town. What was his focus?
a. As part of Connecticut’s Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), Delano’s mission was to photograph areas which would be suitable for natural conservation projects, which included planting groves of trees and implementing soil-erosion controls.
b. As part of the Farm Security Administration (FSA), he photographed workers’ lives in the Eastern seaboard states.
c. As part of the Federal Arts Project (FAP), he photographed the works of artists throughout New England.
9. W. Bruce Lincoln (1938-2000) is one of Suffield’s notables. He is known for being a….
a. Member of the U.S. Olympic luge team
c. Russian historian
10. Which answer below is false regarding Sylvester Graham, a dietary reformer known for his emphasis on vegetarianism and graham crackers?
a. Today’s commercially produced graham crackers use Sylvester Graham’s original recipe.
b. His health reforms spawned Graham boarding houses and restaurants.
c. He provoked a riot in 1837 among Boston bakers and butchers.
1. b. 10%
2. b. 2001
3. c. 1979
4. Trick question! All answers are correct.
5. c. Currently, Connecticut Valley broadleaf tobacco is more in demand than the Valley’s shade grown tobacco.
6. c. An Indian agent, who, with the Seneca Indian nation and their allies, successfully repelled the British and the Mohawks during the War of 1812.
7. a. Jonathan Edwards. On the previous day, Edwards administered the sacrament to more than 500 Suffield communicants, 97 of whom joined the church that day. This may have been the largest one-day church admission ritual in colonial New England.
8. b. For the FSA, Delano took nearly 500 photographs of workers throughout the state, including the Connecticut Tobacco Valley, shortly after the end of the Great Depression. In Suffield, he focused on tobacco farmer William Andrew Colson and family. His photographs capture the dignity of the “Yankee” farmer much like the more famous photographs of Dorothea Lange and Walker Evans.
9. c. Russian historian. In prose that rivaled accomplished novelists, he brought Russian history to life. One of his many books, The Romanovs: Autocrats of All the Russians was selected by the World History Book Club and the Book-of-the-Month Club.
10. a. Today’s commercially produced graham crackers use Sylvester Graham’s original recipe.