Congregational Church, Franklin – Jerry Dougherty
Originally called West Farms, the town of Franklin in the New London County hills of east-central Connecticut separated from Norwich and incorporated in 1786. It took its new name in honor of Benjamin Franklin. Through the years, agriculture along with small industry and business has constituted the community’s economic base. Town notables include Uriah Tracy, the first member of Congress to be buried in the Congressional Cemetery in the nation’s capital, and Dr. Ashbel Woodward, a Union surgeon during the Civil War whose home is now a museum. Today, Franklin is part of The Last Green Valley, a 35-town National Heritage Corridor preserving rural culture and natural resources.
Uriah Tracy was an attorney and politician who took up arms against the British after the Battles of Lexington and... Read more » …[more]
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