Glastonbury in Hartford County, Connecticut — The American Northeast (New England)
Formerly part of Wethersfield, the town was named for Glastonbury in England. Its thirty four original farms, running from the River three miles east “into the wilderness,” were the first officially surveyed by Connecticut Colony, 1639-40. In 1673 an additional five-mile tract (Eastbury) was purchased from the Indians. By Act of the General Court, Glastonbury became an independent town in 1693. Town meetings and selectmen governed until voters adopted council-manager government in 1959.
The home of Glastonbury's first minister, the Reverend Timothy Stevens, stands one mile south of this Green. The birthplace of Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy under President Lincoln, stands to the north on Hebron Avenue.
Glastonbury made gunpowder for the Revolution. The factory exploded in 1777, but was soon rebuilt. Water powered mills produced cotton, wool, and paper. In the 18th and 19th centuries many ships were built here. In 1842, J. B. Williams began the first shaving soap manufacturing company in America. Williams soap, Pratt’s anchors, Roser's pigskin, Hale's peaches, and Arbor Acres
Local women submitted America's first anti-slavery petition to Congress in 1840. Among early champions of women's rights were Glastonbury's Smith Sisters.
and the Connecticut Historical Commission
Erected 1976 by the Town of Glastonbury and the Connecticut Historical Commission.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial Era • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #16 Abraham Lincoln series list.
Location. 41° 42.706′ N, 72° 36.485′ W. Marker is in Glastonbury, Connecticut, in Hartford County. Marker is on Main Street near Hebron Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Located in the Center Green. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Glastonbury CT 06033, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Glastonbury Korean War Memorial (approx. ¾ mile away); Glastonbury Revolutionary War Monument (approx. ¾ mile away); John Lee Levitow (approx. ¾ mile away); Glastonbury Soldiers Monument (approx. ¾ mile away); Glastonbury Vietnam Conflict Memorial (approx. ¾ mile away); Glastonbury War II MemorialGlastonbury World War I Monument (approx. ¾ mile away); Glastonbury War II Monument (approx. ¾ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Glastonbury.
Also see . . . Glastonbury, Connecticut on Wikipedia. (Submitted on October 18, 2016, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 10, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 18, 2016, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 220 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 18, 2016, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.