Durham

Sabbath Day House, Durham
Sabbath Day House, Durham – Jerry Dougherty

Durham, a part of Middlesex County, is located  just south of Middletown on the Coginchaug River—centering it in the southern portion of Connecticut. Settled in 1699, Durham was named in May of 1708 and incorporated as a town in October that same year. Originally called Coginchaug, the Native American word for “long swamp,” the area was frequented by the Mattabesset, an Algonquin people. From its earliest history as a settlement, Durham was largely a farming community. Every year since 1916, Durham has displayed its agricultural roots at the Durham Fair, the largest volunteer-managed fair in the United States.

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Places

“Durham Fair,” 2012. Link.
“Durham Historical Society,” 2011. Link.
“Millers Pond State ParK.” Department of Energy & Environmental Protection, 2012. Link.

Documents

“Durham - WPA Architectural Survey.” Connecticut State Library Digital Collections, 2014. Link.
McCain, Diana Ross. “Durham Historic District Walking Tour.” Historic District Commission Town of Durham, 2005. Link.

Books

Field, David. A Statistical Account of the County of Middlesex, in Connecticut. Middletown,  CT: Clark & Lyman, 1819. Link.
Beers, F. W. County Atlas of Middlesex, Connecticut: From Actual Surveys. New York, NY: F.W. Beers & Company, 1874. Link.
Whited, Milton. Durham’s Heritage: Men and Homes of Early Durham. Middletown: Colonial Press, 1976.
Durham Historical Society. Durham, 1900-1950. Charleston,  SC: Arcadia, 2010.
Durham Historical Society. Durham, Connecticut. Charleston,  SC: Arcadia, 1998.
Durham History Committee, and Barbara Ryan. Durham, Connecticut, 1866-1980: Century of Change. Durham,  CT: Durham History Committee, 1981.
Fowler, William. History of Durham, Connecticut, from the First Grant of Land in 1662 to 1866. Hartford: Wiley, Waterman & Eaton, 1866.
Hall, Catherine. The Leading Business Men of Middletown, Portland, Durham and Middlefield. Boston, MA: Mercantile Publishing Company, 1890. Link.
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