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Israel Putnam: A Youthful Trailblazer Turned Colonial Militiaman

Israel Putnam served with distinction in the Seven Years’ War and in the Revolutionary War, particularly at the Battle of Bunker Hill.


James Abbott McNeil Whistler’s Life in Pomfret

by Christina Volpe As one of the most well-known American…


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Early Church Bell Founders

Church bells served many important functions in early New England. Consequently, skilled bellfounders in Connecticut found themselves in high demand.


Map of the state of Connecticut showing Indian trails, villages and sachemdoms

Andover to Woodstock: How Connecticut Ended Up with 169 Towns

Religious mandates, the difficulties of colonial-era travel, and industrialization are a few of the forces that gave rise to the proliferation of towns in our state.


George Washington Slept Here

George Washington Slept Here (Just Perhaps Not Well)

Within the heritage tourism industry, it is not uncommon to…


Over Time: Pomfret’s Historical Population

March 28, 2014 • Hide Featured Image, Pomfret

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.


Putnam’s Cave or Wolf Den

The Last Wolf in Connecticut

February 1, 2014 • Israel Putnam, Folklore, Pomfret

There are many versions of the story of Israel Putnam and the wolf, but the original is found in a book first published in Hartford in 1788 while Putnam was still alive.


Bara-Hack, Pomfret

Eerie Remains of an 18th-Century Settlement in Pomfret

May 4, 2013 • Belief, Folklore, Pomfret

Located in the Ragged Hills section of Pomfret are the…


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