Branford, We've Had a Good Run

The Town with Five Main Streets column is concluding, but there's a wealth of Branford history left to explore if you know where to look!


Well, Branford Patch, we've had a good run. I started this column the week that Branford Patch launched. It's gone through several changes from those first articles about Branford's neighborhoods, like this one about Pine Orchard, to the Question and Answer structure that led to stumpers like the Double Beach Oak Tree, to my attempts to stump Branford readers with obscure photos. Patch readers know a lot about Branford history, and they've been an amazing resource for this column – as has the James Blackstone Memorial Library and the Branford Historical Society.

As Branford Patch continues to grow and change, several regular columns have had to be phased out, and I'm delighted that "The Town with Five Main Streets" has hung in there as long as it has. Sadly, the time has come to move on. Though this is my final column, I'm not saying goodbye – I'm a Patch reader, too, and I'm sure I'll be around, posting non-history articles to the site, or maybe jumping on for a blog if I find some interesting tidbit in my own writing and research to share.

So, though I'll say farewell, I'll encourage folks to keep in touch via the Growing up in Branford group on Facebook, where there are always amazing old photos being posted, and where I had plenty of insider sources. To keep alive your interest in local history, stay in touch with (or join!) the Branford Historical Society, and attend Friends of the Blackstone Library lectures (or join that worthy organization as well). There are many, many opportunities to learn about Branford – and I'm glad to have had the chance to connect with so many of them.

If you want to keep track of me, well, I'm out and about the Internet with my other pursuits. While not writing history articles, I've been busy working on games, like my December-released interactive novel, downloadable for your mobile device, Choice of Kung Fu. I'm also the author of two fantasy novels (with a third that will hopefully be funded via this kickstarter) and a contributor to several anthologies, so if that type of fiction is up your alley, please do check me out. I also write semi-regularly about mythology and writing on my home blog at Virgil and Beatrice.

Thanks to everyone who's written me about the column over the years. You've been such a great help – and such a source of fun – for me. Long live this town of ours, five Main Streets and all.

SolarPete February 07, 2013 at 11:59 PM
That really sucks to see they are tossing this out llike dirty bath water. This section gave something to read and I hope folks from the town learned from it. Guess they didn't like us out of towners answering the question
Alana Joli Abbott February 08, 2013 at 04:28 AM
Pete, I don't think it had anything to do with not liking the section -- or with out of towners participating! From everything I've heard, the column has been very appreciated by our local Patch editors, but it doesn't fit in with the direction Patch is going from here. (Jenn or Corey can correct me if I'm wrong there -- feel free to ask them if you want more details.) Maybe we'll be a good fit again in the future! We'll just have to see what happens.
Maureen Dixon February 12, 2013 at 03:59 AM
Loved your column, Alana!!! Will miss it in the Patch, but looking forward to see new things from you! Keeping my fingers crossed for your third novel! xoxoxoxo
Alana Joli Abbott February 13, 2013 at 01:52 AM
Thanks Maureen! I'm excited about the Kickstarter -- we hit the 50% mark today, so I'm hopeful that we'll be funded!


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