Glen Horse Barn: Field Hospital during War

Posted January 3, 2017 by portsmouthhistorynotes
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glen-barn World War II the Portsmouth Civil Defense organization was looking for a place a field hospital could be set up and ready if was needed. The infirmary of the Portsmouth Priory could serve the west side of the town. Mrs. Edith Taylor Nicholson, owner of Glen Farm and director of the Portsmouth Red Cross thought she had a place. A horse barn built in 1911 had been vacant for 3 years since Mrs. Nicholson had decided not to breed thoroughbred racehorses any more.
Funded by Mrs. Nicholson, an equine maternity hospital became a modern (for World War II standards) casualty center. The harness room became a supply room with the harness cabinets filled with blankets, sheets and other hospital equipment. The first stall had fluorescent lights over an operating table. There were cabinets filled with surgical tools. Across the room was an “ether room” where patients would “come to” after surgery. Each of the six remaining stalls held cots. A Portsmouth resident, Dr. Stanley Hart (a retired commander in the U.S. Navy Medical Corp) was on call 24 hours a day to swing into service if the field hospital were required during war or for the community. The hospital was never needed, but Red Cross workers were trained there and kept at ready. Portsmouth was ready for medical emergencies. (information from ProJo article in a scrapbook kept by a PHS member- circa 1939).

Caring for the Glen: Proposals

Posted September 21, 2016 by portsmouthhistorynotes
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Reflection of Horse Barn through window of pump house.

Reflection of Horse Barn through window of pump house.

Rich Talipsky – Director of Business Development for the town – has sent me this proposal.
The Town has issued a Request for Proposals for the follow-on lease to the property. The RFP can be downloaded at . Response to the RFP is due on Oct 10. We have already had a large number of serious inquiries about the RFP.

The Objective of the RFP are:
· Provide funding source for Town operations, primarily recreation activities at Lower Glen Farm Complex.
· Continue to use the Town-owned property as, primarily, a recreational complex (although the current use is for equestrian activities, other uses, including mixed uses, will be considered).
· Ensure adequate staffing to maximize use and protection of facilities
· Ensure the safety and convenience for the users of the complex
· Protect the natural and cultural resources of the complex.
· Establish and maintain a long-term relationship with the Town with continued Town ownership of the property with public access and use.
· Stabilize and improve the conditions of the property.

Can you please see that this is posted with the most recent comments about concerns with Glen Farm preservation.

Caring for the Glen: Preserving the Barns

Posted September 21, 2016 by portsmouthhistorynotes
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p1060888 p1060892This barn complex was once highlighted nationally as cutting edge technology for 1910! Through the years it has been neglected. The more we let things deteriorate, the harder it is to restore them back to usefulness. How do we as a town assure that the barns will be preserved? This “gentleman farm” is part of our unique heritage in Portsmouth.  It represents a part of our history.  Can we look for new ways to preserve it while protecting town finances?

Caring for the Glen -Cundall-Slocum Graveyard

Posted September 19, 2016 by portsmouthhistorynotes
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p1060673As I walked through Glen Farm last week, I was saddened to see the condition of this historical cemetery.  This is the resting place of brave Portsmouth families – the Slocums  who were original settlers and a pioneering mill family, the Cundalls.  This graveyard is on town property, but vegetation is unsettling the gravestones that have stood here for so many years.  How do we care for this part of the Glen?p1020787


Tales of Portsmouth: Our History and Our Stories

Posted September 4, 2016 by portsmouthhistorynotes
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cover:tales.001TalesofPortsmouthRhodeIsland:  Click on the link to the left to open the pdf file.  This booklet of stories and history will still be edited, but this is a first copy for now.

A Walk Through the Glen

Posted May 28, 2016 by portsmouthhistorynotes
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Glen Map

Walking through the Glen pdf:  Click on the blue link to see a slide show of an imaginary walk through the Glen.  It starts at the stone gate posts on East Main Road – to the Brown House – to the Glen Barns – to the mill area – walking through the mill run – to the Glen Manor House – to Glen Ridge Farm and ending at the sheep barn at Glen Park.  Melville students are asking questions about the Glen, and this is the way I am organizing my thoughts in order to share just a little of what I know about the Glen.  It has photos of what students can see now and vintage images of what those places looked like in the past.

Then and Now – The Barns

Posted May 27, 2016 by portsmouthhistorynotes
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The Glen - Then and Now.001Vintage images give us a rare view of the past.  The 1928 image seems to show a barn that is missing now. The stone wall seems to have been moved over as well.