112 – Bel Air Becomes a Town 1781-1785

Bel Air, Belle Air, Belle Aire, Bell Air, and once, enchantingly, Belleaire, but never, never Belair.

Bel Air: The Town Through its Buildings

It had been Scott’s Old Fields, a played-out crop field. In 1780 there were four houses. James and Elizabeth Jervis and their children lived in one of them.

Scott’s Old Fields – Bel Air
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111 – Revolutionary War Years 1775-1781

The British are coming!

On April 19, 1775, the first battles of the American Revolution took place at Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts. British troops were sent to capture military supplies at Concord. But the colonial militia had been warned and were waiting for the British.

The first shots were fired on Lexington green, and the war had begun.

The Battle of Lexington
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