On Tolland County’s eastern edge, Mansfield contains the community of Storrs. Called Ponde Place by settlers who purchased land from the Monhegan and once part of Windham, Mansfield incorporated in 1702. By the 1800s, town industries produced such goods as gunpowder, organ pipes, and bronze cannons. The country’s first silk mill opened here in 1810, transforming the local economy. Mulberry trees proliferated and most households worked in silk production. The heyday of Mansfield silk ended by the mid-1800s, but the founding of Storrs Agricultural School in 1881 led to a new industry: education. The school, now called the University of Connecticut, still has its main campus in town.
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Homer D. Babbidge, Leader in Education
Homer Daniels Babbidge, Jr., made his mark as president of the University of Connecticut from 1962 through 1972 and transformed the once-quiet university into a national leader in higher education. …[more]
“The Last Green Valley,” 2017. Link.
“Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry,” 2016. Link.
“Connecticut State Museum of Natural History,” 2016. Link.
Joshua’s Trust. “Gurleyville Gristmill and House,” 2016. Link.
“Mansfield Historical Society,” 2016. Link.
Department of Energy & Environmental Protection. “Mansfield Hollow State Park,” 2016. Link.
“William Benton Museum of Art,” 2016. Link.
Connecticut State Library Digital Collections. “Mansfield - WPA Architectural Survey,” 2016. Link.
“Mansfield Collection.” Connecticut Digital Archive, n.d. Link.
Mansfield Historical Society. Chronology of Mansfield, Connecticut, 1702-2002. Mansfield, CT: Mansfield Historical Society, 2003.
Commemorative Biographical Record of Tolland and Windham Counties, Connecticut: Containing Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens and of Many of the Early Settled Families. Chicago, IL: J.H. Beers & Co., 1903. Link.
Mansfield Historical Society, and Rudy Favretti. Historic Mansfield Center: Site of the Earliest Settlement of Mansfield, Connecticut. Storrs, CT: Mansfield Historical Society, 2001.