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Farmington in Hartford County, Connecticut — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Farmington

 
 
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By Michael Herrick, July 7, 2010
1. Farmington Marker
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Inscription.
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Farmington
On January 16, 1640 the Connecticut General Court empowered a committee to "view those parts by Vnxus Sepus wch may be suitable" for settlement. Soon afterward a small group of families traveled nine miles westward over the hills from Hartford and made a settlement beside the Tunxis River. On December 1, 1645 the Court voted "that the Plantation cauled Tunxis shalbe cauled Farmington" and set its boundaries. The original name "Tunxis Sepus" was from the Indian language, meaning "at the bend of the little river."
By far the largest town in the colony, Farmington once contained over 225 square miles and was divided into nine parishes. In 1775 the town boasted the second largest tax list in the colony. By 1869, seven towns had been carved from the mother town of Farmington – Southington (1779), Berlin (1785), Bristol (1785), Burlington (1806), Avon (1830), New Britain (1850), and Plainville (1869).
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The community of Unionville, known since the era of the Farmington Canal as a center of industry, has remained a vital part of the town. The Canal commenced operations in 1828 and after 1835 carried passengers and freight between New Haven and Northampton until it was superseded by the railroad.
Farmington was active in the Revolutionary War from
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By Michael Herrick, July 7, 2010
2. Farmington Marker
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the time when its first company marched off to Boston on May 18, 1775 after the opening of hostilities at Lexington. George Washington traveled through the town several times and the French troops under General Rochambeau encamped here on their way to and from the siege of Yorktown, Virginia.
Farmington is noted for its beautiful homes, including the Stanley-Whitman House (1660), now the Farmington Museum; for Miss Porter's School for Girls, founded in 1843; and for the Hill-Stead Museum of Art.
Erected by the Town of Farmington
the Farmington Historical Society
and the Connecticut Historical Commission
1981
 
Erected 1981 by the Town of Farmington, the Farmington Historical Society, the Connecticut Historical Commission.
 
Location. 41° 44.926′ N, 72° 52.062′ W. Marker is in Farmington, Connecticut, in Hartford County. Marker is at the intersection of Montieth Drive and Farmington Avenue (Connecticut Route 4), on the right when traveling east on Montieth Drive. Click for map. Located in front of Farmington Town Hall. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Monteith Drive, Farmington CT 06032, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Farmington Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of
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By Michael Herrick, July 7, 2010
3. Farmington Marker
this marker); Yodkins-Morin Memorial Park (approx. 0.7 miles away); Unionville Veterans Monument (approx. 1.2 miles away); Unionville Civil War Memorial (approx. 1.2 miles away); Lt. Vincent H. Core Memorial Site (approx. 1.4 miles away); Unionville Feeder Canal (approx. 2.1 miles away); Canal Junction (approx. 2.3 miles away); An Industrial History of Unionville, 1780-1880 (approx. 2.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Farmington.
 
Also see . . .
1. Town of Farmington. (Submitted on July 14, 2010, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
2. Farmington, Connecticut on Wikipedia. (Submitted on July 14, 2010, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 705 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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