WE DOODED IT!
A Citizen’s Success Story!
A huge tree beautifully shaded the grave of Revolutionary War General George Thurston for centuries. This year a monster branch fell off the now rotted tree and demolished a stone wall. The remaining bulk of the tree threatens the historic cemetery and must be removed. In Rhode Island, the towns do not own the cemeteries, the people do. That means the cost to safely take down the tree falls on all concerned citizens, not the Town Hopkinton. The Town Council tasked the Hopkinton Historical Association with the responsibility of raising the $3,000+ expense.
The need was publicized in the Westerly Sun, The Chariho Times, in Town Hall, on a Rt. 3 Sign & the Hopkinton Historical Association’s Web Site. (Please see “Donations To Save Gen Thurston’s Grave”)
The response was wonderful!
The people of Hopkinton and the surrounding communities were Very Generous! Rocky’s Tree Service cut down their own bid!
EVERYONE’S DONATIONS, FROM A FEW BUCKS IN THE JAR TO THE BIG CHECKS DID IT!
George Thurston opened the first General Store in Hopkinton prior to the Revolutionary War. With the outbreak of hostilities, he joined the Continental Army with the rank of Captain. When he returned after the war, his merit had earned him the rank of General.
He went back to minding his store in the quiet little village in the woods for many years.
(Please see “Touring General Thurston’s Mansion”)
As a result, Hopkinton uniquely had an genuine General running the town’s General Store!
Who says History is dull & boring!
As the tree comes down, and later on, when the Cemetery wall gets rebuilt,
HHA will post additional pages covering the progress of this COMMUNITY SUCCESS STORY.