Hampton, in Windham County, is located in the northeast, or Quiet Corner, of Connecticut. Territory of the Nipmucks (a local Native American tribe), the area was settled in 1712, largely from people of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Called variously Canada Parish, Kennedy, and Windham Village, the town was incorporated in 1786 from parts of Brooklyn, Canterbury, Mansfield, Pomfret, and Windham. In 1872, the New York & New England Railroad brought tourism to this agricultural community, turning Hampton into a summer colony. Hampton’s central village was preserved in 1982 when Hampton Hill, along Main Street, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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Department of Energy & Environmental Protection. “James. L. Goodwin State Forest,” 2012. Link.
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