The town of Preston is located in New London County and contains the villages of Long Society, Preston City, and Poquetanuck. In 1686 the General Assembly allowed the area’s first settlers to establish a plantation on the tract of land between Norwich and Stonington, and in 1687 incorporated it as Preston, after the English city of Preston, Lancashire. Early trades in the area included shoe making, metal smithing, shipbuilding, and brickmaking. Preston today is rural town and has a large number of properties on the National Register of Historic Places including the Preston City Historic District and the Long Society Meeting House.
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Completed in the 1700s, “The First, Second and Last Scene of Mortality” is considered to be one of the most spectacular pieces of needlework in US history. …[more]
Town of Preston. “History of Preston,” 2017. Link.
Town of Preston. “Preston Historical Society,” 2017. Link.
“The Last Green Valley,” 2017. Link.
Connecticut History Illustrated and Connecticut Historical Society. “Civil War - Preston War Debt Bond. 1864-1884. State of Connecticut, Town of Preston, April 1st, A.D., 1864.,” 2017. Link.
Crocker, John Denison. Cook’s Mill, Preston, Connecticut. 1860 1847. Oil Painting. Connecticut History Illustrated and Connecticut Historical Society. Link.
Connecticut History Illustrated and Connecticut Historical Society. “Embroidered Picture - The First, Second, and Last Scene of Mortality,” 2015.
Beers, F. W. “Map - Town of Preston.” New York, NY: F.W. Beers & Company, 1868. Connecticut Historical Society and Connecticut History Online. Link.
Connecticut, Department of Transportation. “Map - Town Roads, Preston.” State of Connecticut, ca 1977. Connecticut History Online and Mystic Seaport. Link.
Mills, Lewis Sprague. “Photograph: Lewis Gristmill and Sawmill in Preston,” 1937. Connecticut State Library, State Archives, Mills Photograph Collection of Connecticut, 1895-1955 (PG 180). Link.
Connecticut State Library Digital Collections. “Preston - WPA Architectural Survey,” 2017. Link.
“Preston Collection.” Connecticut Digital Archive, n.d. Link.
Marshall, Benjamin Tinkham, ed. A Modern History of New London County, Connecticut. Vol. 1. New York, NY: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1922. Link.
Hurd, D. Hamilton. History of New London County, Connecticut with Biographical Sketches of Many of Its Pioneers and Prominent Men. Philadelphia, PA: J.W. Lewis & Company, 1882. Link.
Seamons, Necia P. Preston. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2015.
Mathison, Al. Preston. Charleston, SC: Arcadia, 2004.
Hall, Marion, ed. Preston in Review. Preston, CT: Preston Historical Society, 1971.