Willington in Tolland County, Connecticut — The American Northeast (New England)
After a century of farming the town gradually expanded industrially until 1845 when it boasted a thread mill, a cotton mill, three silk factories, a scythe factory, four comb factories, button mils, and a glassworks (1815–1871) producing demijohns and flasks with varying designs.
Persons of distinction born here were Jared Sparks (1789–1866), historian and biographer and president of Harvard; Elias Loomis, professor at Yale, celebrated mathematician and astronomer.
Erected 1976 by Town of Willington, the Willington Historical Society, and the Connecticut Historical Commission.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Government & Politics • Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1720.
Location. 41° 52.531′ N, 72° 15.85′ W. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Willington CT 06279, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Town of Willington, Connecticut (within shouting distance of this marker); The Federated Church of Willington (within shouting distance of this marker); Baptist Church of Willington (within shouting distance of this marker); This Edifice (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Willington (approx. 2.2 miles away); a different marker also named Willington (approx. 2.4 miles away); Historic Horsebarn Hill (approx. 4.4 miles away); A Familiar Vista (approx. 4.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Willington.
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