Those of you playing along at home, you know the K in btrpkc stands for Kent, my middle name and my dad’s first name. What I don’t usually explain — because it would take a long time, thanks to generations of family geneologists — is the name’s history as a family last name.
A recent Concord Monitor story offers some of that history with a look at the city’s Kent House and present history-loving owner: “It wasn’t the history of 24 S. Spring St. that captured Kathryn Askins’s heart. When a For Sale sign set her pining for the place 16 years ago, she didn’t know Ralph Waldo Emerson had married in the front parlor. Or that the home was moved from its original spot on Main Street around 1816 to make way for the State House. Or that Daniel Webster considered it a gathering spot for intellectual and civilized company. ¶ Askins just loved the house, its 54 doors, 11 fireplaces, crown molding and grand staircase. Or, rather, what the house could become. ¶ Built in 1792…”
I currently have five doors and no fireplaces, but I’m working on it.