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Pine Meadow in Litchfield County, Connecticut — The American Northeast (New England)
 

New Hartford

 
 
New Hartford Marker image. Click for full size.
By Alan M. Perrie, February 9, 2016
1. New Hartford Marker
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Inscription. In 1732 the Connecticut General Assembly gave Hartford and Windsor permission to establish seven towns in the colony’s Western Lands. New Hartford was given to 182 Hartford taxpayers who became the new town’s proprietors. They organized and hired surveyors to lay out suitable home lots and highways. Settlement began in 1734 on Town Hill and West Hill. A meetinghouse was completed by 1749 at the town’s center on Town Hill
While farming was the main occupation, grist and saw mills soon thrived on the Windsor (now Farmington) and Nepash (or Nepaug) Rivers. In the early 1800’s, economic interest shifted from agricultural to industrial and population centers moved from the hilltops to the river valleys.
Major industries sprang up in New Hartford Centre (now Nepaug), Bakerville, Satan’s Kingdom, Kelloggsville (Pine Meadow), and North Village (now New Hartford Center).

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The Greenwoods Company produced cotton duck for the United States military and for the sails of the Vigilant, defender in the America’s Cup races. Others included the Chapin-Stevens Company, which made planes, levels, and rules; and D. B. Smith Company. Two railroads had lines in town. In 1901 the Greenwoods Company cotton mills moved to the South. By the time of the Great Depression, most industries had collapsed and people moved elsewhere,
New Hartford Marker image. Click for full size.
By Alan M. Perrie, February 9, 2016
2. New Hartford Marker
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leaving only small, family run businesses. The town changed rapidly: the railroads were removed; several major floods caused serious damage; two dams with reservoirs and three major highways were built. Today, new industries have located here, including Waring, Ovation Instruments, and Hitchcock Chair Company. Marcus H. Holcomb, Governor of Connecticut 1915-1921, was born here. Elias Howe built the first practical general purpose sewing machine here, patented in 1846.
 
Erected 1977 by Town of New Hartford, the New Hartford Historical Society, Inc., and the Connecticut Historical Commission.
 
Location. 41° 52.505′ N, 72° 58.053′ W. Marker is in Pine Meadow, Connecticut, in Litchfield County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street (U.S. 44) and Church Street, on the left when traveling west on Main Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 368 Main Street, Pine Meadow CT 06061, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Liberty Tree Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); New Hartford Remembers (approx. 0.7 miles away); New Hartford Soldiers Memorial (approx. 0.9 miles away); Satan’s Kingdom
An 1871 Gothic Revival home image. Click for full size.
By Alan M. Perrie, February 9, 2016
3. An 1871 Gothic Revival home
The former home of Edward M. Chapin is to the left of the St. John’s Episcopal Church. Chapin Park is in the foreground.
(approx. 1.2 miles away); Barkhamsted Center Cemetery (approx. 3.4 miles away); Barkhamsted Soldiers Memorial (approx. 3.4 miles away); Hollow Church Bell (approx. 3.4 miles away); Barkhamsted (approx. 3.4 miles away).
 
More about this marker. The marker is located in Chapin Park which is part of the Pine Meadow Historic District, established in 1987.
 
Also see . . .
1. Pine Meadow Historic District. (Submitted on February 16, 2016, by Alan M. Perrie of Unionville, Connecticut.)
2. Hermon Chapin & his factory. (Submitted on February 16, 2016, by Alan M. Perrie of Unionville, Connecticut.)
3. Edward Chapin, son of Hermon. (Submitted on February 16, 2016, by Alan M. Perrie of Unionville, Connecticut.)
4. Ovation Guitar Company. (Submitted on February 16, 2016, by Alan M. Perrie of Unionville, Connecticut.)
5. Elias Howe, Jr. (Submitted on February 16, 2016, by Alan M. Perrie of Unionville, Connecticut.)
 
Categories. Colonial EraIndustry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers
 
Chapin Park has a skating rink in the winter. image. Click for full size.
By Alan M. Perrie, February 9, 2016
4. Chapin Park has a skating rink in the winter.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Alan M. Perrie of Unionville, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 161 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Alan M. Perrie of Unionville, Connecticut. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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