Tuesday, May 06, 2008

The Legend of Nonnewaug Falls

William Cothren is the author of the legend. I have read it and heard it repeated in several different versions, based on this first recording of it:
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Is this a true story?
I don't know.
A legend is defined as: "a nonhistorical or unverifiable story handed down by tradition from earlier times and popularly accepted as historical. "

This Legend is found in Cothren's "Ancient History of Woodbury (Vol. I).
This purchase below does have Womoqui's signature or "marke," but the one's after that don't.
It may have happened and it may be related to a treaty or Land Purchase Deed of May 16, 1701, that is missing the signature of Womoqui, just as Cothren says.

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