Everyone has Thanksgiving traditions, ranging from the ubiquitous turkey and fixings, high school football, and turkey-trot 5ks and 10ks. Each has his or her own specialties to make or bring to the feast – pies, cornbread, stuffing, you name it.
One offbeat tradition – developed over the past 50 years, or so – is the playing of a well-known folk song from the late 1960s, telling the story of a crime – a misdemeanor – that took place right here in Massachusetts, home of the Pilgrims, the Mayflower, and Plymouth Rock.
Listen and hear the real story behind the legend:
Alan Foulds is a local historian who has written several historically related articles in addition to his book, “Boston’s Ballparks & Arenas.” He is a major contributor to the writing of “At Wood End.” Mr. Foulds is also Reading’s Town Moderator.