Chaplin, in Windham County, is located in the northeast, or Quiet Corner, of Connecticut. Originally part of Joshua’s Tract (land deeded by Mohegan Chief Uncas’s son to English colonists), the town was named in 1809 for Deacon Benjamin Chaplin, an early landowner and surveyor. The town was incorporated in May of 1822 from parts of Hampton, Mansfield, and Windham. Silk manufacturing and other small industries grew along the Natchaug River, which bisects the town diagonally from the northwest to the southeast. Today Chaplin lies in the region known as the Quinebaug and Shetucket Rivers Valley National Heritage Corridor, or the The Last Green Valley.
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