Lover’s Leap Bridge, New Milford – Steven Schwartz
The town of New Milford, located in Litchfield County, is in the western portion of the state near New York and shares its border with the northeastern shore of Candlewood Lake. Settled in 1707 and incorporated in 1712, New Milford’s first English settlers were John Noble, Sr. of Massachusetts and his eight-year-old daughter, Sarah. In the late 1800s, town factories produced buttons, paint and varnish, hats, and furnishings, among other goods, but tobacco crops and warehouses made up its main industry. Today, the town is best known as the former home of Roger Sherman, member of the Continental Congress and signer of both the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution.
The Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame pays tribute to New Milford native Martha Minerva Franklin, a pioneer in the struggle for black equality in the early 1900s. …[more]
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