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Oxford Agricultural Society Premium List, Oxford Agricultural Fair 1875

Establishing Roots in Oxford

October 8, 2022 • Agriculture, Oxford

The arrival of sawmills, gristmills, and wool manufacturing enterprises prospered in the newly incorporated town of Oxford in the early 19th century.


Map detail from Turnpikes of Connecticut,

Oxford: From Paths to Pikes

October 22, 2020 • Transportation, Oxford

When colonists first settled around Oxford, Connecticut, roads consisted of little more than footpaths, but farmers began demanding better roads.


Adeline Gray at the Pioneer Parachute Company, Manchester

First Human Test of a Nylon Parachute – Today in History: June 6

On June 6, 1942, Adeline Gray made the first jump by a human with a nylon parachute at Brainard Field in Hartford.


Merino Sheep

Textile Mills in Oxford Dominated Early Industry

Domestic wool production is one of the oldest industries in the United States. The first mill in Connecticut arrived in Hartford in 1788.


Over Time: Oxford’s Historical Population

January 27, 2014 • Hide Featured Image, Oxford

Census data, from colonial times on up to the present, is a key resource for those who study the ways in which communities change with the passage of time.


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