The winter of 1887-1888 was the mildest one in Connecticut in almost 20 years – until March 11, 1888. When people went to bed that Sunday night no one suspected that just 72 hours later 400 New Englanders would have died and more than 300 ocean going vessels would have been sunk or capsized. Using excerpts from letters and diaries of area residents and photographs from the area Beth Payne, Museum Director at The Dudley Farm Museum in Guilford, tells the story of “The Great White Hurricane”. A quilt which has this great storm as its subject matter owned by the Museum and made by women from the North Guilford Potter Family inspired this presentation.
The Dudley Foundation/Dudley Farm Museum is grateful for the support of the Guilford Foundation in making this presentation possible.