Hampton

Edwin Way Teal's writing cabin at Trail Wood, Hampton
Edwin Way Teal’s writing cabin at Trail Wood, Hampton

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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Websites

“The Last Green Valley,” 2016. Link.

Places

“Hampton Antiquarian and Historical Society,” 2016. Link.
“James. L. Goodwin State Forest.” Department of Energy & Environmental Protection, 2012. Link.
“The Edwin Way Teale Memorial Sanctuary.” Connecticut Audubon Society, 2016. Link.

Documents

“Hampton - WPA Architectural Survey.” Connecticut State Library Digital Collections, 2016. Link.
Woodford, E. M. “Map of Windham County, Connecticut.” Philadelphia, PA: E.M. Woodford, 1856. University of Connecticut Libraries, Map and Geographic Information Center - MAGIC, Yale University Library, Map Collection. Link.
Lee, Stephen. “Windham County, Conn., Business Directory Containing the Names, Business and Location of All the Business Men in the County, Agricultural, Manufacturing, and Other Statistics, with a History of Each Town.” Windham County Transcript Office, 1861. Link.

Books

Trecker, Janice. Discovering Hampton: A Connecticut Town. Willimantic,  CT: Hall & Bill Printing, 2000.
Griggs, Susan. Early Homesteads of Pomfret and Hampton. Abington, CT: Higginson Book Company, 1950.
Bayles, Richard, ed. History of Windham County, Connecticut. New York, NY: W. W. Preston & Company, 1889. Link.
Larned, Ellen. History of Windham County, Connecticut. 1760-1880. Vol. 2. Worcester,  MA: Ellen Larned, 1874. Link.
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