Historians Carlo and Betty Mencucci of Burrillville, pictured here during a cemetery clean-up project, are the co-producers of the âWest of the Seven Mile Lineâ series. Theyâve just finished the third installment on the history of the neighboring town of Glocester.
GLOCESTER â Some say they worked the land. Others say the land worked them.
Survival wasnât for the faint of heart among the grist-millers, farmers, cider-pressers and others who labored in the townâs earliest and most primitive enterprises, says historian Betty Mencucci.
Their stories unfold in vivid detail in episode three of âWest of the Seven Mile Line â A History of Glocester.â Itâs the latest â and last â in the Seven Mile series of documentary videos on the townâs history that Mencucci and her husband, Carlo, began working on five years ago.
âThis is it now,â says Betty Mencucci, âWeâre done. The history of Glocester is complete.â
The Mencuccis felt the same way when they finished the second episode of the series, but they had so much interesting material left over they changed their minds. But they sound serious this time.
A resident of neighboring Burrillville, where she is president of the townâs historical and preservation society, Mencucci is a retired technology teacher. She and her husband now run Log Cabin Studios from their home on Victory Highway.
Though theyâve sold a few of their videos for $25 each, Log Cabin Studios doesnât make a profit and most of the resources that go into making the videos are either borrowed or donated, including the Mencuccisâ labor.
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