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Tomb of Lady Fenwick, Saybrook Point

An Old Saybrook Borough has a Stately History

July 29, 2014

The Borough of Fenwick, a well-known summer community in Old Saybrook, is named for George Fenwick and his family. Fenwick was an English lawyer who helped settle the Saybrook colony …[more]

Categories: John Winthrop Jr., Old Saybrook, Politics and Government

Connecticut Valley R. R. schedule

Connecticut Valley Railroad’s First Train – Today in History: July 29

July 29, 2014

On July 29, 1871, a ceremonial train ran along the new 44-mile single-line track built by the Connecticut Valley Railroad. James C. Walkely, the president of Charter Oak Life Insurance …[more]

Categories: Hartford, Old Saybrook, Transportation

Roger Tory Peterson

Roger Tory Peterson Dies – Today in History: July 28

July 28, 2014

On July 28, 1996, ornithologist and artist Roger Tory Peterson died in Old Lyme. From age 11, growing up in New York, Peterson was active in the Junior Audubon Club …[more]

Categories: Arts, Old Lyme, Science

Captain James W. Buddington and crew on whaling schooner

The Rise and Fall of Sealing in Early New London Industry

July 28, 2014

New London owed much of its early prosperity to the success of its whaling fleet: it was once the third-largest whaling port in the world—ranking only behind the Massachusetts coastal …[more]

Categories: Business and Industry, New London

Dressing Table. Probably made in 1783 by the shop of Eliphalet Chapin

Connecticut Valley Style: Eliphalet Chapin Inspires a Tradition of Craft

July 27, 2014

Favoring local cherry and pine woods, this furniture maker introduced Philadelphia-style flair to New England consumers.  …[more]

Categories: Arts, Business and Industry, CT At Work: Hartford Area, East Windsor

Highway bridge spanning Connecticut River

An American Heritage River – Today in History: July 27

July 27, 2014

On July 27, 1998, Vice President Al Gore designated the Connecticut River one of 14 American Heritage Rivers. The American Heritage River program was designed to restore the historic, economic, …[more]

Categories: Environment

Amos Shepard, Plantsville, Design for a Wrench Member

The “Perfect Handle” Hatchet – Who Knew?

July 26, 2014

…that in the early 1900s, H.D. Smith and Company of Plantsville began the manufacture of a line of “Perfect Handle” hand tools. The name derived from the smooth, contoured wooden …[more]

Categories: Business and Industry, Invention and Technology, Southington, Who Knew?

Wide Awakes banner

Hartford Wide-Awakes – Today in History: July 26

July 26, 2014

On July 26, 1860, the Hartford Wide-Awakes welcomed the Newark, New Jersey, Wide-Awakes to a banquet and ratification meeting at Hartford’s City Hall. The Wide-Awakes in Hartford were a political …[more]

Categories: Hartford, Politics and Government, Social Movements

Honiss Oyster House, Hartford

Oystering in Connecticut, from Colonial Times to the 21st Century

July 25, 2014

Why tasty Crassostrea virginica deserves its honored title as state shellfish.  …[more]

Categories: Bridgeport, Business and Industry, CT AT Work: New Haven Area, Food and Drink, Groton, New Haven, Norwalk

Civil War Sanitary Commission

Sanitary Fair – Today in History: July 25

July 25, 2014

On July 25, 1864, the Stamford Ladies Soldiers’ Aid Society held a Sanitary Fair. Sanitary Fairs were established in response to the needs of Civil War soldiers beyond what the …[more]

Categories: Civil War, Health and Medicine, Stamford, War and Defense, Women

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