May 19th, 1780 was known as the “Dark Day” in New England.
New England had just recovered from one of its coldest winters on record, and although the air was warmer, it was also thick and heavy.
The sun had taken on a reddish hue in the hours surrounding dusk and dawn, and the moon had begun to glow pink at night.
People had been noticing differences in the skies several days before the 'dark day'.
May 19th was typical that morning, if not gloomier, people awoke to gray gloomy clouds cast over the skies, and rain falling down making puddles on the ground, for them to walk through.
It wasn’t until around 8 or 9 a.m. that most noticed something was amiss. A mass of rust-tinted clouds suddenly blew in from the west and began to blot out the still-rising sun. Instead of growing brighter, the skies dimmed and turned hazy and copper-colored.
By noon, New England was blacked out, you could barely see your own outstretched hand, two feet away from your face.
Some afraid of what had come, some intrigued by the colors that had infiltrated the skies.
Many people were forced to work and take lunch by candlelight. Others simply stared in hushed amazement at the scenes unfolding around them.