The rural town of Pomfret is located in Windham County in the state’s northeast corner. Formally recognized as English property in 1686 and incorporated in 1713, Pomfret was named for Pontefract in Yorkshire, England. Agriculture and various mills along the town’s plentiful waterways supported the settlers’ earliest enterprises. The town might be best known for the wolf’s den where Israel Putnam killed Connecticut’s last known wolf. Now part of Mashamoquet Brook State Park, Wolf Den is on the National Register of Historic Places. Today, Pomfret is a residential community with light industry, including fiber optic manufacture, ample protected open land, and a large historic district.
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Flickr. “Pomfret Connecticut Postcard Archive,” 2016. Link.
“The Last Green Valley,” 2017. Link.
Connecticut Office of Tourism. “Brayton Grist Mill & Marcy Blacksmith Museum,” 2017. Link.
Pomfret Public Library. “Local History,” 2016. Link.
Department of Energy & Environmental Protection. “Mashamoquet Brook State Park,” 2016. Link.
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Connecticut State Library Digital Collections. “Pomfret - WPA Architectural Survey,” 2016. Link.
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