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

Barkhamsted

 
 
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By Michael Herrick, April 8, 2010
1. Barkhamsted Marker
Inscription.  
Barkhamsted
Named for Barkhamsted in Hertfordshire, England, this area was part of the Western Lands granted by the proprietors of Windsor to 108 persons of that town in 1732. The first highway through the town was the New Country Road, better known as the Old North Road, ordered by the General Assembly in 1760. Early settlements included Barkhamsted Center, Wallens Hill (Winsted), Ratlum, Pleasant Valley, Riverton (Hitchcocksville), and Shawtown. Among early industries was the manufacture of axes, scythes, rakes, bricks, lumber, chairs, and pyroligneous acid for use in the textile industry. Farming was also important.
The town suffered a severe decline in its population during the late 1800's when better farmland became available in the Midwest. Metropolitan District Commission reservoirs and three state forests now provide open space and recreational land. The book Barkhamsted Heritage, Culture and Industry in a Rural Connecticut Town offers further information.
Erected by the Town of Barkhamsted
The Barkhamsted Historical Society
and the Connecticut Historical Commission
1980
 
Erected
Barkhamsted Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, April 8, 2010
2. Barkhamsted Marker
Behind the marker is the Barkhamsted Soldiers Monument. To the left is the Barkhamsted Center Cemetery.
1980 by the Town of Barkhamsted, Barkhamsted Historical Society, Connecticut Historical Commission.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraSettlements & Settlers.
 
Location. 41° 55.487′ N, 72° 57.92′ W. Marker is in Barkhamsted, Connecticut, in Litchfield County. Marker is at the intersection of Pleasant Valley Road (Route 318) and Beach Rock Road, on the right when traveling north on Pleasant Valley Road. Located next to the Barkhamsted Center Cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Barkhamsted CT 06063, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hollow Church Bell (within shouting distance of this marker); Barkhamsted Soldiers Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Barkhamsted Center Cemetery (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Squire's Tavern (approx. 1.6 miles away); The Charcoal Industry (approx. 1.6 miles away); Demonstration Charcoal Mound (approx. 1.6 miles away); Austin Hawes Memorial Campground (approx. 2 miles away); Barkhamsted Lighthouse Village Stone Quarry (approx. 2.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Barkhamsted.
 
Also see . . .
1. Barkhamsted, Connecticut on Wikipedia. (Submitted on April 17, 2010, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
2. Barkhamsted Historical Society
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