Archive for the ‘Connecticut History’ Category

Denison Homestead & 2nd Continental Dragoons-Mystic June 9

June 5, 2013

This should be fun!

Denison Homestead Open House

Notice: Annual Meeting & Special Event – May 10

April 22, 2013

Annual Meeting (6PM) and Special Presentation (7:30PM) about Selden Neck Island in History – United Methodist Church; 623 Old Main St, Rocky Hill

On Friday May 10 at 7:30 PM, in conjunction with our annual meeting, the Historical Society of Rocky Hill will present a 45 minute visual program, “Quarries of Selden Neck” by historian David Wordell. Mr. Wordell will be present to entertain questions and discussion following the viewing. Location: United Methodist Church, 623 Old Main Street, Rocky Hill. $10.00 per person. Enjoy coffee and dessert as we elect our officers for 2013-14.

The program details the days of quarries and schooners bound for New York City as well as other facts and folklore about Selden Island. Selden Neck Island is located in the Connecticut River between Lyme and Deep River.
More Information

Selden Island in the Connecticut River

Selden Island in the Connecticut River

Quarries of Selden by David Wordell

Quarries of Selden by David Wordell

War of 1812: Upcoming Program at Belden Library-Mar 26

March 18, 2013

Battle Ft McHenry

Presentation: Connecticut and the War of 1812
Date: Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Place: Cora J. Belden Library, 33 Church St., Rocky Hill, CT.
Time: 6:30 P.M.
Presenter: Glenn Gordinier
Co-Sponsors: Friends of the Cora J. Belden Library and the Rocky Hill Historical Society
Cost: Free
Refreshments will be provided

This presentation grew out of an exhibit, “The Rockets’ Red Glare: Connecticut and the Warof 1812–A Bicentennial Exhibit”, held at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum in New London,Connecticut, during the summer and fall of 2012.  A book by the same title was co-written by Glenn S. Gordinier under the guidance of the New London County Historical Society and provides fascinating insights into Connecticut’s participation in this little remembered or understood chapter in America’s early history.  

Glenn’s presentation sheds light on the events leading up to, during and after the War. Among the more interesting highlights he covers are the British raid on Essex, the Battle of Stonington as well as legacies of the War of 1812.

Glenn S. Gordinier teaches history for the Williams College/Mystic Seaport Program in Maritime Studies and for the University of Connecticut. He has written or co-written several books including Surfing Cold Water, Fishing Out of Stonington (Maritime) as well as The Rockets’Red Glare.

The Rockets’ Red Glare by Glenn Gordinier is available at Amazon:

Rockets' Red Glare

A New History of Rocky Hill by Rafaele Fierro

July 3, 2012

Just published on the Wethersfield Historical Society website:

Rocky Hill: A History by Rafaele Fierro

It was only a matter of time. Rocky Hill citizens since the 1820s had been petitioning the Connecticut General Assembly to become a separate town. Now in 1843 the residents of Wethersfield’s “Lower Community,” known since 1722 as Stepney Parish, took up the issue anew but with more vigor and in more numbers. Town leader Elias W. Robbins led this local independence movement, which succeeded by June of 1843. Rocky Hill would be the new town’s official name and henceforth would become known as the “political daughter of Wethersfield” to its north. Rocky Hill was not unique in its quest for and success in separation. Two other towns–Glastonbury and Newington–also emerged from Wethersfield.

And today, out of the 169 incorporated towns in Connecticut, more than half were created when they split from their “mothers.” Indeed, between 1820 and 1850, the state’s General Assembly incorporated 13 new towns, including Rocky Hill, one steeped in tradition and history, and created as much by nature’s fury as by the power of Connecticut’s legislative body…(left Philip Goffe House)

Men like Goffe found the land appealing because it stood high above the river whose flood plains narrowed down, just south of the long hill for which the town would be named ultimately. And because it seemed logical to these early settlers to cross the river along this tapered stretch, they helped establish a transport service in 1655. Later known as the Rocky Hill-Glastonbury ferry service, it remains the oldest ferry service in the United States. The settlers also realized that the land could be used for building ships and farming. A classic riverport was about to be born.

(read the rest of this interesting history on the “Rafaele Fierro..” Page in sidebar at the right)

Dividend Pond Trails & Archeological District

May 25, 2012

Grand Opening: Dividend Pond Trails-Old Forge Road, Rocky Hill CT

Rocky Hill Historical Society Presents “Memories of G. Fox”

November 5, 2011

Sunday November 20, 2011 – Memories of Hartford’s Iconic Department Store, G. Fox… (previously scheduled for October 30)

G. Fox & Co, from an old postcard

November 20, 2011

From Hula Hoops to High Fashion: G. Fox in the 1950’s
The Rocky Hill Historical Society and the Connecticut Historical Society (CHS) are teaming up to bring you: “From Hula Hoops to High Fashion: G. Fox in the 1950’s”, on Sunday, November 20, 2011, in Chapin Hall, at the Rocky Hill Congregational Church, 805 Old Main St., Rocky Hill, from 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm.

Elizabeth Abbe, director of public outreach at the Connecticut Historical Society, will lead you down memory lane with a look at Connecticut’s favorite department store.  She will take you back, floor by floor, to the days when G. Fox was the largest privately-owned department store in the U.S.

For most Connecticut residents the words “G. Fox” hold powerful associations.  They remember a tall department store on Main Street in Hartford filled with every imaginable garment, home furnishing or domestic necessity.  They recall the broad front windows decorated for Christmas or shopping trips for back-to-school clothes.  They remember cream cheese on date-nut bread with mother in the Connecticut Room.  Elizabeth herself, who grew up in Wethersfield, says she remembers how special it was to take the bus “uptown” to spend the day shopping with her mother at Fox’s.

Elizabeth will also give you some insight into the woman who made every shopping experience a joy – Beatrice Fox Auerbach.  In addition to a substantial collection of clothing, furniture, and photographs tied to the story of G. Fox, the Connecticut Historical Society houses some of Mrs. Auerbach’s personal records including correspondence between the G. Fox President and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.

So revisit G. Fox, where the customer was always right!  Bring your memories along with your favorite purchases from G. Fox.  We’ll have some tables for display of G. Fox treasures and time for you to share a favorite G. Fox story.

There is no charge for this program but freewill donations will be gratefully accepted.  For more information please call (860) 563-6704.

Interesting history of G. Fox & Co. click here


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