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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