Apple Orchard, Middlefield – Danielle Smith
The town of Middlefield, located in Middlesex County in south-central Connecticut, was once a part of Middletown. In 1744, the General Assembly recognized Middlefield as a separate religious society from Middletown, but it was not until 1866 that Middlefield was incorporated as a separate town—one of the last in the state. In the mid-18th century, John Lyman and his wife purchased 36 acres of land west of the Coginchaug River. From washing machine development and production to present-day fruit orchards, seven generations of Lyman descendants have played important roles in shaping Middlefield’s history. Today, the town is a small bedroom community and has managed to retain much of its rural character.
Benjamin Hutchins Coe, born in Hartford, helped teach Americans how to draw through the publication of numerous art manuals, many of which focused on Connecticut-inspired landscapes. …[more]
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