East Haddam

Gillette Castle State Park, East Haddam
Gillette Castle State Park, East Haddam

The town of East Haddam is located in eastern Middlesex County on the Connecticut River and was once called Machimoodus or the place of noises by the native peoples. In 1662, settlers purchased the land for 30 coats, and the first permanent European residents established homesteads in 1685. In 1734 the town of East Haddam broke from Haddam and incorporated. Early commerce and industry included timber farming, shipbuilding, tanneries, and blacksmiths, and by the mid- 1800s retail shops, taverns, and mills proliferated in the area. Today, the town is home to the Goodspeed Opera House, a destination for theater-goers, and Gillette Castle, a Connecticut state park.

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Places

“Amasa Day House.” CT Landmarks, 2008. Link.
“Devil’s Hopyard State Park.” Department of Energy & Environmental Protection, 2012. Link.
“East Haddam Historical Society & Museum,” 2014. Link.
“Gillette Castle State Park.” Department of Energy & Environmental Protection, 2012. Link.
“Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam,” 2012. Link.
“Machimoodus State Park.” Department of Energy & Environmental Protection, 2012. Link.
“Nathan Hale Schoolhouse - East Haddam.” The Connecticut Society of the Sons of the American Revoultion, 2010. Link.
“Venture Smith Gravesite.” Connecticut Freedom Trail, 2012. Link.

Documents

Banks, Dr. Marc L., and Dr. Lucianne S. Swan. “Assessment of the Eight Mile River’s Archaeological Resources.” Accessed March 8, 2012. Link.
“East Haddam - WPA Architectural Survey.” Connecticut State Library Digital Collections, 2014. Link.
O.H. Bailey & Company. “View of East Haddam. Connecticut. And Goodspeed’s Landing.” Bird’s-eye Map. Boston, MA: O.H. Bailey & Company, 1880. Connecticut History Online. Link.
O.H. Bailey & Company. “View of Goodspeed’s Landing. Connecticut.” Bird’s-eye Map. Boston, MA: O.H. Bailey & Company, 1880. Connecticut History Online, Connecticut Historical Society. Link.

Books

Field, David. A History of the Towns of Haddam and East-Haddam. Middletown, CT: Loomis and Richards, 1814. Link.
Field, David. A Statistical Account of the County of Middlesex, in Connecticut. Middletown,  CT: Clark & Lyman, 1819. Link.
Beers, F. W. County Atlas of Middlesex, Connecticut: From Actual Surveys. New York, NY: F.W. Beers & Company, 1874. Link.
Beers, J.B., & Company, and Henry Whittemore. History of Middlesex County, Connecticut, with Biographical Sketches of Its Prominent Men. New York, NY: J.B. Beers & Company, 1884. Link.
Brooks, Lillian. “Life Flows Along Like a River” a History of Haddam Neck. East Hampton, CT: Haddam Neck Genealogical Group, 1972.
East Haddam Historical Society, and Bruce Sievers. Mills Along the River: The History of the Cotton Industry in Moodus, Connecticut. East Haddam, CT: East Haddam Historical Society, 1985.
Niles, Hosford. The Old Chimney Stacks of East Haddam, Middlesex County, Connecticut. New York: Lowe & Company Book and Job Printers, 1887. Link.
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