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Laboring in the Shade

Thousands of black Southern students, including a young Martin Luther King Jr., came north to work in Connecticut’s tobacco fields.


Umbrella Elms in Connecticut Meadow by Aaron Draper Shattuck

Connecticut Transforms Aaron Draper Shattuck

Drawn to the landscapes of the Farmington River Valley, artist Aaron Draper Shattuck reinvented himself as a gentleman farmer and inventor.


The Farmington Canal near Mount Carmel in Hamden

New England’s Grand Ambition: The Farmington Canal

Connecticut took leading role in waterway that transformed the region’s commerce.


Map of Farmington and Avon, indicating the Farmington Canal and its feeders

Farmington Canal’s Ground-Breaking – Today in History: July 4

July 4, 2020 • Granby, Transportation

On July 4, 1825, the ground-breaking ceremonies for the Farmington…


Over Time: Granby’s Historical Population

December 10, 2013 • Hide Featured Image, Granby

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.


Sign for Holcomb's Inn, 1802

A Sign of the Times Blends Masonic and Patriotic Imagery

April 26, 2013 • Everyday Life, Granby

The sign from a tavern operated by Luther Holcomb, a Granby mason, reflects his fraternal affiliation as well as the establishment’s role as a meeting site.


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