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Thimble Islands archipelago in the Long Island Sound, Branford, Connecticut - Library of Congress, Prints and Photograph Division, The George F. Landegger Collection of Connecticut Photographs in the Carol M. Highsmith's America

The Thimble Islands – Little Islands with a Big History

While initially uninhabited because of their rocky soil, the Thimble Islands in Branford evolved into both a popular tourist destination and an exclusive residential community. …[more]

Categories: Branford, Environment, Popular Culture, Sports and Recreation

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Detail for a Map exhibiting the route of the Norwich & Worcester rail-road surveyed by James P. Kirkwood, James Laurie (Civil Engineers)..., ca. 1835 - Connecticut Historical Society and Connecticut History Illustrated

Lisbon Tunnel Completed – Today in History: August 28

August 28, 2016

The Norwich and Worcester Railroad built the first railroad tunnel in Connecticut, and one of the first tunnels in the nation, in the town of Lisbon in the 1830s. …[more]

Categories: Business and Industry, Lisbon, Transportation

Horses crossing the finish line at Charter Oak Park

And They’re Off!: Harness Racing at Charter Oak Park

The day was cool and 10,000 spectators crowded the stands at Charter Oak Park to see a come-from-behind victory as Alcryon left the other trotters in the dust.  …[more]

Categories: Popular Culture, Sports and Recreation, West Hartford

Fitch’s Home for Soldiers, ca. 1864

Fitch Soldiers’ Home Closes – Today in History: August 28

On August 28, 1940, Fitch’s Home for Soldiers and their Orphans, also known as Fitch’s Home for Soldiers, in Darien, closed its doors and relocated hundreds of Connecticut veterans to …[more]

Categories: Darien, Rocky Hill, War and Defense

Charles G. Finney

Charles Grandison Finney Spreads Revivalism and Education throughout the Mississippi Valley

August 27, 2016

Charles Grandison Finney was a revivalist preacher and educator born in Warren on August 27, 1792. He was the seventh child of Josiah Finney and Sarah Curtiss—two of Warren’s earliest …[more]

Categories: Belief, Exploration and Discovery, Warren

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A Fair to Remember in Brooklyn

August 26, 2016

The Brooklyn Fair is held annually during the last weekend in August and is sponsored by the Windham County Agricultural Society. The society’s goal in sponsoring the fair is to …[more]

Categories: Agriculture, Brooklyn, Everyday Life, Popular Culture, Sports and Recreation

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