Israel Putnam Monument, Brooklyn

Israel Putnam Monument, Brooklyn – Jerry Dougherty

The town of Brooklyn, in Windham County, is located in the northeast, or Quiet Corner, of Connecticut. It is named for the Quinebaug River, or Brook Line, which forms its eastern boundary. Originally land of the Wabaquasset, Brooklyn incorporated as a town separate from Canterbury and Pomfret in May of 1786. An early county seat, Brooklyn held the 1833 trial of Prudence Crandall, a schoolteacher charged with the crime of educating black students. Brooklyn was also home to Revolutionary War General Israel Putnam and abolitionist Reverend Samuel May. America’s oldest continuously operating agricultural fair, the Brooklyn Fair, is held to this day.


Unitarian Church, Brooklyn

Celia Burleigh, Connecticut’s First Female Minister

In 1871, Celia Burleigh, a life-long activist and reformer, became minister of the Unitarian congregation in Brooklyn, Connecticut. …[more]

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