Seymour

Little-Laurel Lime Ridge, Seymour
View of the Naugatuck Valley from the overlook at Little-Laurel Lime Ridge, Seymour – Sean Henri

The town of Seymour, located in western New Haven County, lies in the Naugatuck Valley region of Connecticut at the confluence of the Naugatuck and Housatonic Rivers. First known as Chusetown, then Humphreysville, the town incorporated in 1850 and was renamed Seymour. Originally a farming settlement, then a small industrial town, in the nineteenth century Seymour produced pins, hoopskirts, and other manufactures. Later, Seymour became home to the H.P. & E. Day Company—a producer of hardened-rubber fountain pens. The Day Company eventually became the Bic Pen Company. Largely destroyed by the flood of 1955, Seymour has evolved from an active factory town to a quiet residential community.

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Places

“Derby Historical Society,” 2016. Link.
“Kosciuszko (Polish-American) Historical Society, Inc,” 2017. Link.
“Seymour Historical Society,” 2016. Link.

Documents

“Map - North Part of New Haven Co., Connecticut from Town and City Atlas of the State of Connecticut.” Boston, MA: D.H. Hurd & Company, 1893. University of Connecticut Libraries, Map and Geographic Information Center - MAGIC. Link.
O.H. Bailey & Company. “View of Seymour, Conn. 1879.” Bird’s-eye. Boston, MA: Bailey, 1879. University of Connecticut Libraries, Map and Geographic Information Center - MAGIC. Link.

Books

Rockey, J. L., ed. History of New Haven County, Connecticut. Vol. 2. New York: W. W. Preston, 1892. Link.
Pape, William J. History of Waterbury and the Naugatuck Valley, Connecticut. Vol. 1. Chicago; New York: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1918. Link.
Conroy, Theresa. Seymour. Charleston,  SC: Arcadia, 2010.
Sharpe, W. C. Seymour and Vicinity, Historical Collections. Seymour,  CT: Record Print, 1878. Link.
Campbell, Hollis A., William C. Sharpe, and Frank G. Bassett. Seymour, Past and Present. Seymour,  CT: W.C. Sharpe, 1902. Link.
Molloy, Leo. Tercentenary Pictorial and History of the Lower Naugatuck Valley: Compiled by Leo T. Molloy on the Occasion of the 300th Anniversary of the Settlement of Connecticut. Containing a History of Derby, Ansonia, Shelton and Seymour. a Chronicle of the Progress and Achievement of the Several Cities and Towns. Ansonia,  CT: Emerson Brothers, 1935.
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