Historians share facts on local economy in Derry
Speakers Peter Griffin, right, and Richard Holmes answer questions from the audience Thursday during a presentation at the Robert Frost home in Derry. (HUNTER McGEE/Union Leader Correspondent)
Held at the Robert Frost Farm, "Business, Industry and the Local Economy" was the first of a three-part series by the Greater Derry-Londonderry Chamber of Commerce.
"You would shake them up," Holmes said, drawing some laughs from the audience as he added, "you now have very angry bees."
But it didn't always work out that way as it sometimes became difficult to follow a bee, and the trail would be lost.
It could take a day or even up to three days to find a swarm. But when it was found, a single swarm could yield up to 100 pounds of honey and as much as $12 cash, which represented a fair amount of money for the period.
Dense downtown areas developed in Derry and Salem and, to a lesser degree, in parts of Londonderry. These areas had churches, fraternal houses, retail stores, movie theaters and pubs that were accessible by public transportation, Griffin said.
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