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Vernon in Tolland County, Connecticut — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Vernon

 
 
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By Michael Herrick, December 21, 2017
1. Vernon Marker
Inscription.
Vernon
First settled by families from East Windsor in 1716 and originally a part of East Windsor and Bolton, the Town of Vernon was incorporated in 1808 by division of the Town of Bolton. In 1889 the City of Rockville, named from the Rock Mill, was incorporated within the Town of Vernon. Founded on the eve of the Industrial Revolution and endowed with an abundance of water power, Vernon developed into a major center for the manufacture of textiles. Peter Dobson built a cotton-spinning mill at Talcottville in 1809. Power looms were first employed here by the Rock Mill in 1821. In 1841 the New England Company began the manufacture of fine woolens which accelerated the development of the woolen industry here. Beginning in the mid-nineteenth century, immigrants provided the skilled labor force necessary for the further development of the textile industry.

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Between 1892 and 1904 cloth from Rockville’s mills achieved national and international recognition, winning awards in 1892 from the World's Columbian Exposition, at the Paris Exposition in 1900, and being chosen for the inaugural suits of Presidents William McKinley in 1897 and Theodore Roosevelt in 1905. Central Park, the site of this plaque, was laid out in 1878 and marked the commercial and governmental center of the Town. The Memorial
Vernon Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, December 21, 2017
2. Vernon Marker
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Building was erected in 1889 and dedicated to the 336 soldiers of Vernon who gave their lives in the Civil War, 1861-1865. The years following the Second World War have brought residential expansion into previously rural Vernon, the permanent closing of the woolen mills in 1952, and the consolidation of the city and town governments into the Town of Vernon on April 1, 1965.
Erected by the Town of Vernon
the Vernon Historical Society
and the Connecticut Historical Commission
1981

 
Erected 1981.
 
Location. 41° 52.029′ N, 72° 26.958′ W. Marker is in Vernon, Connecticut, in Tolland County. Marker is at the intersection of W. Main Street and Elm Street, on the left when traveling east on W. Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Vernon Rockville CT 06066, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Vernon Vietnam Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Vernon Veterans Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Vernon Korean War Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Cogswell Memorial Fountain (about 300 feet away, measured
Vernon Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, December 21, 2017
3. Vernon Marker
in a direct line); Fitch Mill, Belding Silk Mills & Dart's Stone Mill (approx. 0.4 miles away); Fox Hill Tower - War Memorial Tower (approx. 0.4 miles away); Ellington Wall of Honor (approx. 2.6 miles away); Ellington Remembers (approx. 2.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vernon.
 
Also see . . .
1. Town of Vernon, Connecticut. (Submitted on December 24, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
2. Vernon, Connecticut on Wikipedia. (Submitted on December 24, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
 
Categories. Colonial EraSettlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 24, 2017. This page originally submitted on December 24, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 66 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 24, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.
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