The 2016 Gallup Family Reunion took place on Gallup Hill Road in Ledyard, CT. Once again, Bill and Jane Pearson have graciously hosted the event. The day started off with a Board of Trustees meeting and the GFA annual meeting and elections. The meeting was followed by a luncheon that included BBQ chicken, ribs, potato salad, coleslaw, summer salad, and corn on the cob, desserts and beverages.
Connecticut State Historian Dr. Walter Woodward and his Band of Steady Habits gave a musical performance on “What Makes Connecticut, Connecticut?” A slide show of notable places throughout Connecticut accompanied the music.
The second guest speaker was Lindsay Randall and her presentation, “Udder Destruction.” Ms. Randall provided a historic and entertaining look at the role of dairy farming in the creation of 17th Century New England. She first developed an interest in early ceramics discovered during excavations at Plimoth Plantation. Many of the discoveries included remnants of redware that was often used for the storage of dairy products. One of her favorite discoveries was that you could even pay your taxes with butter. The arrival of cows was historically very important because it was the end of the period of starvation for colonists.