Beacon Falls

Rimmon School House, Beacon Falls
Rimmon School House, Beacon Falls - Jerry Dougherty

Beacon Falls, in New Haven County, is located in the southwestern portion of Connecticut. Among the state’s smallest towns in population and area, it is bisected by the Naugatuck River and capped by the Naugatuck State Forest. First inhabited by tribal communities of Paugasetts and Paugasucks, and later, in 1678, settled by English colonists, the area was originally known as Nyumps. Beacon Falls was formed from pieces of the neighboring towns of Bethany, Oxford, Naugatuck, and Seymour and incorporated in June of 1871. The town’s early economy centered on farming, friction matches, and rubber shoes and is service based today.

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Websites

“Cemetery Index.” Beacon Falls Historical Society, 2013. Link.
“Death Records Index: 1871 to 1908.” Beacon Falls Historical Society, 2013. Link.

Places

“Beacon Falls Historical Society,” 2012. Link.

Documents

“Map - North Part of New Haven Co., Connecticut from Town and City Atlas of the State of Connecticut.” Boston, MA: D.H. Hurd & Company, 1893. University of Connecticut Libraries, Map and Geographic Information Center - MAGIC. Link.

Books

Heiss, Mark, and Beacon Falls Historical Society. Beacon Falls. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2012.
Rockey, J. L., ed. History of New Haven County, Connecticut. Vol. 2. New York: W. W. Preston, 1892. Link.
Shields, Mary Ruth. Naugatuck Valley Textile Industry. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2011.
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