Basket, makers pose mystery in Woodbridge
WOODBRIDGE >> Do you know who made this basket? Have you seen any others like it?
Town Historian Marvin Arons is researching the local Wepawaug tribe and the baskets they made. In the 1800s, members of the tribe lived on the Deerfield Reservation in Derby, near Osbourne Lane in Woodbridge. The small group included Eunice Mack/Mansfield and her children, James and Ruby, who attended the Woodbridge Congregational Church.
The basket is owned by the Amity & Woodbridge Historical Society, and belonged to descendants of Thomas Darling. While the basket’s maker is unknown, the Wepawaugs were reputed to have made simple wood splint baskets of ash or oak.
Anyone with information on the Wepawaugs or their baskets, may contact Arons at 203-389-5179.