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Cape Cod Without Spirit

For a long time the raising of rooftrees on Cape Cod was a merry occasion, and then for long it was a sober, businesslike time, as witnessed by this dispatch from Wellfleet, August 30, 1829:

We have taken down and removed an old Meeting House, 56 feet by 48, and raised a new one, 65 by 46, without the use of ardent spirits. No accident occurred; the labour was performed without noise, and in a shorter time than it used to be when stimulated by the use of ardent spirits. The cornerstone was laid August 5 and the meeting house was dedicated this day.

Rooftree: ridge or beam in between the two sections of roof, provides an attachment for the upper ends of roof rafters.

Ardent Spirits: strong alcoholic liquors.

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Posted by Cape Cod - (website) on 07/10/06
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