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According to Pat and Dick Millar,  these arrowheads were found while plowing an alfalfa field.   The land, on Hillsdale Road and Route 138 was purchased by the House family in 1912, when they moved from Chatham, Connecticut.   Pat’s mother. Eleanor House, grew up on that farm and later married Earl Smith, whose family moved  from Providence in 1911, to a farm further up on Hillsdale.

According to James Turak, chairman on the Richmond Conservation Commission, an archeologist,  from viewing the photo, has provided a preliminary description of the arrowheads:

The top left point is a quartzite Squibnocket Triangle-Late Archaic- 5,000- 3,000 years old.
Top middle is a quartz Squibnocket stemmed point.  Also Late Archaic- 5,000-3,000 years.
Top right is possibly a quartzite  Wading River point.  Late Archaic to Woodland- 4,000- 2,500 years.
Bottom left is a rhyolite Otter Creek style scraping tool/ knife.  Late Archaic- 6,000-5,000 years.
Bottom middle is a rhyolite Lamoka point.  Late Archaic – 5,000-3,000 years. Relatively scarce in this area- many more in New York.
Bottom right is  rhyolite Otter Creek projectile point.  Late Archaic -6,000- 5,000 years.

The Conservation Commission is presently working on information plaques to be placed along the Richmond Heritage Trail and are considering including photos of these arrowheads.

We welcome sharing items such as this, and other things in our collection, along with their story.


Clark Library

We are fortunate for the generosity of Clark Library in allowing us to use some of their space for our archives.  It has proven to be an asset for us both.

Eleanor Smith, one of the  founders of the Richmond Historical Society (and mother of our archivist), left us a mountain of newspaper clippings.  It is an ongoing project to sort through these.  She is pictured here in 1987 commemorating a special anniversary at the library.

Clark Library 100th Anniversary

In 1990 we have a captioned news photo of volunteers getting ready for a book sale.   These continue to be part of Clark’s fund raising.

Clark Library Book Sale

During one of those quieter days when there was time for “the clippings”.  To my amazement, one  was  a youthful picture of one of our archivists doing a project at the library in 1992.

Kate Desrochiers


As we look forward to 2017, it seems like a good time to both recognize and thank our benefactor, Clark Library, and to share part of our genealogy.