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

East Granby

 
 
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By Michael Herrick, August 26, 2016
1. East Granby Marker
Inscription.
East Granby
This area, first settled in 1664, was one of four Congregational parishes in Simsbury. The Turkey Hills Ecclesiastical Society in 1786 became a section of Granby, and in 1858 was incorporated as the Town of East Granby. An unusual geographical feature, a basalt ridge dividing the Town lengthwise, has had considerable influence upon its character. The first incorporated copper mine in America was on the western side of this Talcott Range. The mine subsequently became New Gate Prison, a Revolutionary War jail and the first prison in the United States (1790). Farming has always been the mainstay of the Town. The early twentieth century saw local farmers specializing in dairy products and tobacco. The number of operating farms diminished as the population of the Town increased from 838 in 1858 to 4600 in 1979 but the rural character of East Granby remains.
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These local citizens were but a few of the many who have left their mark upon the history of this Nation: John Griffin (1605-1681) - First settler and first military officer in this area. Samuel Higley (1687-1737) - Doctor and artist, who minted the first copper coins in America and pioneered in the manufacture of steel. Captain John Viets (1712 1777) - First keeper of New Gate Prison. Whitfield Cowles (1764-1840) –
East Granby Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, August 26, 2016
2. East Granby Marker
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Entrepreneur, minister, and farmer, who founded one of the first companies to silverplate spoons (1843). Eunice Griswold Pinney (1770 1849) - Well-known artist who worked with water colors. Walter Forward (1783-1852) – Lawyer and Secretary of the Treasury for President Tyler. Lemuel Cicero Holcomb (1795 1876) - Conducted a boys' school specializing in Greek and Latin. Albert Carlos Bates (1865-1954) - Farmer, librarian, author, and historian.
Erected by the Town of East Granby
the East Granby Historical Society
and the Connecticut Historical Commission
1980

 
Erected 1980 by Town of East Granby, East Granby Historical Society, Connecticut Historical Commission.
 
Location. 41° 56.536′ N, 72° 43.788′ W. Marker is in East Granby, Connecticut, in Hartford County. Marker is at the intersection of Center Street and Memorial Drive, on the left when traveling south on Center Street. Click for map. Located next to East Granby Town Hall. Marker is at or near this postal address: 9 Center Street, East Granby CT 06026, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. East Granby Roll of Honor (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); East Granby World War Roll of Honor
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By Michael Herrick, August 26, 2016
3. East Granby Marker
(about 300 feet away); Planted in Memory (about 400 feet away); Veteran's Monument (approx. 3.1 miles away); Granby Civil War Monument (approx. 3.1 miles away); Granby (approx. 3.1 miles away); Lost Acres Fire Dept. (approx. 3.1 miles away); World War I Memorial (approx. 3.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in East Granby.
 
Also see . . .
1. Town of East Granby, Connecticut. (Submitted on September 3, 2016, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
2. Granby, Connecticut on Wikipedia. (Submitted on September 3, 2016, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
 
Categories. Colonial EraSettlements & Settlers
 
East Granby Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, August 26, 2016
4. East Granby Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 295 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page was last revised on September 3, 2016.
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