The middle of the 18th century was a time of upheaval and survival for many Native Americans in the Northeast. Residents in Northwestern Connecticut are familiar with the story of the Barkhamsted Lighthouse Tribe. But how much of it is factual and how much of it is fiction? And what’s with a “lighthouse” standing in the rugged hills, far from any coastal waters? Sheryl Robinson, married to a Barkhamsted tribe descendant, just had to know more. What she found was that this ethnic enclave, appearing around 1740 and continuing for over one hundred years, had a very interesting beginning.
Her family’s ancestry claims at least ten founders of Windsor, Connecticut and meanders back to the Barkhamsted Lighthouse Tribe, Satan’s Kingdom and Block Island. History explodes to life with every ancestor she uncovers. Recently her concentration has centered on the history of New England. Sheryl has uncovered an enthralling view of historical accounts that do not comfortably harmonize with traditionally written adaptations of American history.
Sheryl lives with her family in the hills above Horseheads, New York. She is a retired school teacher and mother of two. She has presented on the “Migration of Native Americans Across Connecticut”, is vice-president of the Barkhamsted Lighthouse Descendants’ Association, serves as a representative on the Committee On Native American Ministries’ Act of Repentance & Healing, and is currently writing her first historical novel..
The presentation takes place at the Susquehanna River Archaeological Center at 345 Broad Street, Waverly, NY on Tuesday, March 4th from 6:30 - 7:30pm. Admission donation is requested of $6 for general public and, $4 for SRAC members with students attending all SRAC events for free.