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

Rocky Hill

 
 
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By Michael Herrick, August 6, 2011
1. Rocky Hill Marker
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Rocky Hill
This area was first settled in 1650 as part of Wethersfield and became known as Rocky Hill because of the ridge that rises in the northeast. In 1722 the village became Stepney Parish of Wethersfield but attained separate town status as Rocky Hill in 1843. Early growth was linked with the Connecticut River. The ferry to Glastonbury, still in operation, was begun about 1655. Floods in 1700 changed the course of the river and hindered travel upstream so that Rocky Hill became the head of navigation for large vessels. Around the present ferry landing area was a busy shipyard and the chief port of the region.
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Trade was extensive with the West Indies; privateers sailed from Stepney during the Revolutionary War. Many old-time sea captains' houses are still standing. Maritime activity declined when the river was dredged I the 1820's and ships could sail on to Hartford. Agriculture has always been important in Rocky Hill, where the Connecticut River Meadows have been farmed since the 17th century. The Connecticut Valley Rail Road began service in 1871, ushering in the modern era.
Erected by the Town of Rocky Hill
the Rocky Hill Historical Society
and the Connecticut Historical Commission
1974
 
Erected 1974 by the Town of
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By Michael Herrick, August 6, 2011
2. Rocky Hill Marker
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Rocky Hill, the Rocky Hill Historical Society, the Connecticut Historical Commission.
 
Location. 41° 40.065′ N, 72° 38.221′ W. Marker is in Rocky Hill, Connecticut, in Hartford County. Marker is at the intersection of Old Main Street and Riverview Road, on the right when traveling south on Old Main Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rocky Hill CT 06067, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Nation's Oldest Ferry (approx. 0.4 miles away); Rocky Hill World War II Monument (approx. 0.4 miles away); Rocky Hill Iraq Afghanistan Veterans Monument (approx. 0.4 miles away); Rocky Hill Vietnam Veterans Monument (approx. 0.4 miles away); Richard Caputo Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Rocky Hill World War II Veterans Monument (approx. 0.4 miles away); Rocky Hill World War I Monument (approx. 0.4 miles away); Rocky Hill Korean Veterans Monument (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Rocky Hill.
 
Also see . . .
1. Town of Rocky Hill. (Submitted on August 17, 2011, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
2. Rocky Hill, Connecticut on Wikipedia. (Submitted on August 17, 2011, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
 
Categories. Colonial EraSettlements & Settlers
 
Rocky Hill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, August 6, 2011
3. Rocky Hill Marker
Rocky Hill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, August 6, 2011
4. Rocky Hill Marker
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 421 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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