Stratford

Boothe Memorial Park, Stratford
Boothe Memorial Park, Redwood Building, Stratford - Jerry Dougherty

Located on Long Island Sound, the Fairfield County town of Stratford is bounded by the Housatonic River on its eastern border. Europeans settled the area known as Cupheag, or harbor, in 1639 and later named it Stratford. Its original lands included what eventually became Trumbull, Shelton, Monroe, and parts of Bridgeport. Early industries included oystering and shipbuilding. With the advent of the industrial age, manufacturing became an economic mainstay and Stratford today still produces an array of goods, from chemicals, electrical parts, and hardware to plastics and paper products. It is best known, however, as the birthplace of the American helicopter industry built on the pioneering work of Igor Sikorsky.

LEARN MORE

Websites

“Stratford Point Light.” NPS Inventory of Historic Light Stations, 2002. Link.

Places

“Boothe Memorial Park & Museum,” 2013. Link.
“Captain David Judson House.” Stratford Historical Society, 2013. Link.
“National Helicopter Museum,” 2013. Link.
“Sheffield Island Lighthouse.” Norwalk Seaport Association, 2013. Link.
“Stewart B. McKinney: National Wildlife Refuge.” U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 2013. Link.
“Stratford Historical Society,” 2013. Link.

Books

Orcutt, Rev. Samuel. A History of the Old Town of Stratford and the City of Bridgeport, Connecticut. Vol. 1. New Haven,  CT: Tuttle  Morehouse & Taylor, 1886. Link.
McCain, Diana. Connecticut Coast: A Town-by-Town Illustrated History. Guilford,  CT: Globe Pequot Press, 2009.
Hurd, D. Hamilton, ed. History of Fairfield County, Connecticut with Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of Its Prominent Men and Pioneers. Philadelphia, PA: J.W. Lewis & Company, 1881. Link.
Stratford Historical Society, and Lewis Knapp. In Pursuit of Paradise: History of the Town of Stratford, Connecticut. West Kennebunk,  ME: Phoenix Publishing, 1989.
Stratford Historical Society, and John Calhoun. Stratford. Charleston,  SC: Arcadia, 1999.
Stratford Historical Society, and Lewis Knapp. Stratford and the Sea. Charleston,  SC: Arcadia, 2002.
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