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Friday, January 2, 2009

Taking the High Road to Scotland

The names of the towns on this sign remind us of the influence of the British Isles on the much contested hunk of geography that came to be called New England. Scotland, Connecticut, for one, was settled first in 1700 when Isaac Magoon bought land, and in 1857 the Town of Scotland was incorporated.

You don't need to travel to the original Scotland for a highland fling. Scotland, Connecticut hosts its Highland Festival every Columbus Day weekend. Isaac Magoon might not even be able to tell the difference.

For more on Scotland, Connecticut, have a look at this website.


sojourner said...

Thank you for the info about the Highland Games. I will plan on attending next October.

Jacqueline T Lynch said...

You're welcome, Sojourner. It's a lot closer than Scotland.

John Hayes said...

Interesting-- they have a similar tradition in the little town of Athena, Oregon-- high school band with bagpipers & highland games. Great blog.

Jacqueline T Lynch said...

Thanks, John. There are quite a lot of ethic festivals around here. I hope to cover some of them sometime. Trouble is, you show up for the music but you end up gaining ten pounds from the food.

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