Roger Sherman swapped land with a neighbor

"Both the original Nine Squares plan and the subdivision were designed with a clear, fixed plan in mind. But it took over sixty years to fully recognize the plan they laid out in 1784. Visitors to the city near 1800 could still remark that only 'most' of the squares were divided by cross streets. High… Continue reading Roger Sherman swapped land with a neighbor

Roger Sherman’s store accepted non-currency for payment

"Late eighteenth-century newspaper ads in New Haven advertised that stores would accept a variety of non-currency items for payment; Roger Sherman’s store, for example, accepted as payment: 'Wheat, Rye, Corn, Oats, white Beans, Flax-Seed, Butter, Cheese, Pork, Beef, Flour, Hoops, Staves, Heading, Boards, Plank, Hay, Wood, Geese Feathers, Tow-Cloth, Check, Flannel, and all kinds of… Continue reading Roger Sherman’s store accepted non-currency for payment