Plymouth

Town Green, Plymouth
Town Green, Plymouth – Jerry Dougherty

The town of Plymouth is located in the eastern corner of Litchfield County in the central part of the state. Incorporated in 1795, the town includes the villages of Terryville and Pequabuck. Clock manufacturing was its largest industry and, in the early 18th century, product innovations from makers such as Eli Terry, Seth Thomas, and Silas Hoadley brought the town to national recognition. Later, the Eagle Lock Company added to the industrial base. Today, the town retains much of its rural character and colonial charm. The diversified buildings, sites, and historic town green of its Plymouth Center Historic District demonstrate the typical evolution of an industrial village up to the 1900s.

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The Eli Terry Clock

Workers at the Eli Terry Clock Factory 1850

Connecticut manufacturer Eli Terry was born in 1772.  He began working with clocks at age 14. Around the year 1800... Read more » …[more]

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Places

“Lock Museum of America,” 2012. Link.
“Mattatuck State Forest.” Department of Energy & Environmental Protection, 2017. Link.
“Plymouth Historical Society,” 2014. Link.
“Plymouth Walking Tour,” 2012. Link.

Documents

“Map - South Part of Litchfield Co., Connecticut from Page 214 & 215 of Town and City Atlas of the State of Connecticut.” Real Property. Boston, MA: D.H. Hurd & Co., 1893. University of Connecticut Libraries, Map and Geographic Information Center - MAGIC. Link.
“Plymouth - WPA Architectural Survey.” Connecticut State Library Digital Collections, 2015. Link.

Books

J.W. Lewis & Company. History of Litchfield County, Connecticut, with Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of the Prominent Men and Pioneers. Philadelphia, PA: J.W. Lewis & Company, 1881. Link.
Atwater, Francis. History of the Town of Plymouth, Connecticut: With an Account of the Centennial Celebration May 14 and 15, 1895: Also a Sketch of Plymouth, Ohio, Settled by Local Families. Meriden,  CT: Journal Publishing Company, 1895. Link.
Ryan, J. Francis. Plymouth Conn., 1776-1976. Plymouth,  CT: J. Francis Ryan, 1976.
Giguere, Judy. Plymouth Revisited. Charleston,  SC: Arcadia, 2011.
Johnson, Lani. Plymouth, Connecticut. Dover, NH: Arcadia, 1996.
Bronson, Henry. The History of Waterbury, Connecticut the Original Township Embracing Present Watertown and Plymouth, and Parts of Oxford, Wolcott, Middlebury, Prospect and Naugatuck. Waterbury, CT: Bronson Brothers, 1858. Link.
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