Half a century ago, a small plane crashed into the swamps of East Greenwich, killing one and injuring five. The upside-down wreckage has remained wedged between the trees ever since. As with many historical places, the legacy here is complicated: is the area now a sad reminder, or a touching memorial? Should it become a proper memorial, or remain a secret? We’ll examine the East Greenwich plane crash and compare it with similar crash sites in New England to gain some perspective.
Andrew Ressler is a grad student studying computational biology at Carnegie Mellon University. Originally from Massachusetts, he has long been passionate about history and about the outdoors, interests he has combined by visiting obscure historic sites across the country.
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