The town of Canterbury, located in Windham County, is in the northeastern part of the state and straddles the Quinebaug River. First settled as a part of Plainfield in the late 1600s, it was officially separated and named Canterbury in 1703, becoming the state’s 38th town. Early industry included various small mills and farms. In 1831 Prudence Crandall opened a private school for girls but when she allowed—and then focused exclusively on—education for young African American women, informal and legal protests began. A mob attack forced the school’s closure in 1834. The house in which she taught was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1991 and serves as the Prudence Crandall Museum.
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