Apple Orchard, Middlefield

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.


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