Colchester in New London County, Connecticut — The American Northeast (New England)
Colonel Henry Champion of Westchester became the Chief Commissary of the Continental army during the Revolutionary War. Responding to an urgent plea from General Washington, he rushed meat from his own cattle to the troops near starvation at Valley Forge.
Doctor John R. Watrous was an army surgeon during the entire Revolution. He became Colchester's most prominent and benevolent citizen, making the welfare of State and Town his prime interest.
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Bacon Academy, noted as an institution of higher learning in the 1800's, had tuition pupils come from all sections of the Nation. Many who became men of national reputation were graduated.
The first school for blacks in the State was held in Colchester from about 1805 to the 1840's.
The Hayward Rubber Company (1847-1893), founded
the Colchester Historical Society
and the Connecticut Historical Commission
Erected 1975 by the Town of Colchester, the Colchester Historical Society 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: #01 George Washington series list.
Location. 41° 34.451′ N, 72° 19.932′ W. Marker is in Colchester, Connecticut, in New London County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and Norwich Avenue, on the right when traveling north on Main Street. Located on the Colchester Town Green. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Colchester CT 06415, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Colchester Soldiers Monument (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Colchester World War I Monument (about 700 feet away); Veterans Memorial (about 800 feet away); Colchester World War II - Korean Conflict Monument Colchester Vietnam Veterans Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hebron World War I (approx. 6 miles away); World War II, Korean, and Vietnam Conflicts Monument (approx. 6 miles away); Hebron Civil War Monument (approx. 6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Colchester.
Also see . . .
1. Town of Colchester, CT. (Submitted on October 20, 2016, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
2. Colchester, Connecticut on Wikipedia. (Submitted on October 20, 2016, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
Credits. This page was last revised on October 20, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 20, 2016, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 351 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 20, 2016, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.