Try, Try, Again

No Winner for Last Weeks Crier Contest

The Crier has launched a weekly photo quiz to acquaint readers with the many beautiful parts of our town.  Crier photographers will publish photos of Stratford’s gems and ask readers to identify the location. First right response will be honored with a free ice cream cone from Goody Bassett, a Stratford Mecca for ice cream lovers.

Last week’s photo quiz did not produce the enthusiastic response the picture of Shakespeare Garden had generated two weeks before. But don’t lose heart.

The marker, honoring the memory of William and Mary Beardsley, and the other settlers of Stratford, is nestled, almost hidden, under trees at the intersection of South Avenue and Elm Street.

The Beardsleys and their three little children boarded the vessel Planter in London in 1635, bound for New England. They settled first in Concord, Mass., and then came to Stratford with the Rev. Adam Blakeman and other “first families.” In the 1800s, their descendents in New York State claimed that William Beardsley came from Stratford-Upon-Avon and gave our town its name, according to Lou Knapps’ In Pursuit of Paradise.

Next time you walk by Elm and South, stop and pay your respects.

This week’s photos are from another part of town. The first one to identify the location will win a delicious ice cream cone from Goody Bassett. Yum!

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