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

Somers

 
 
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By Michael Herrick, February 5, 2018
1. Somers Marker
Inscription.
Somers
Named 1734
Settlement was begun here in "East Enfield" about 1706 by Benjamin Jones, followed in 1713 by Edward Kibbe, James Pease, Timothy Roote, and John McGregory. The Town of Somers was incorporated in 1734 by the General Court of Massachusetts and named for Lord John Somers of England. In 1749 Somers separated from Massachusetts and was annexed to Connecticut. This has always been an agricultural community with potato, tobacco, and dairy farms. The Four - Town Fair was organized in 1838 as a contest to see which of the ten school districts had the most oxen. “Little Sorrel", the favorite horse of Civil War General “Stonewall" Jackson, was born at the Collins Farm on Prink Street, now Springfield Road. Industries have included grist and sawmills and bonnet-making. In 1839 the Billings Satinette Mill was established on the Scantic River. Rockwell Keeney purchased it in 1879 for a woolen mill. As the Somersvillė Mfg. Co. it was the main industry here until 1970.
Erected by the Town of Somers
the Somers Historical Society
and the Connecticut Historical Commission
1980

 
Erected 1980 by Town of Somers, Somers Historical Society, Connecticut Historical Commission.
 
Location.
Somers Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, February 5, 2018
2. Somers Marker
41° 59.13′ N, 72° 26.732′ W. Marker is in Somers, Connecticut, in Tolland County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and Battle Street (Connecticut Route 190), on the left when traveling west on Main Street. Touch for map. Located next to Somers Town Hall. Marker is at or near this postal address: 600 Main Street, Somers CT 06071, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Somers Veterans Memorial (here, next to this marker); Descendant of the Original Charter Oak (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Somers Memorial Honor Roll (about 600 feet away); Somers and Somersville Veterans Memorial (approx. 2 miles away); Scitico Roll of Honor (approx. 3 miles away); The Hazardville Institute (approx. 4.8 miles away); Hazardville Veterans Monument (approx. 5.1 miles away); SFC Lawrence A. Dufraine (approx. 5.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Somers.
 
Also see . . .
1. Town of Somers. (Submitted on February 7, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
2. Somers, Connecticut on Wikipedia. (Submitted on February 7, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
 
Categories. Colonial EraSettlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 7, 2018. This page originally submitted on February 7, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 73 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 7, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.
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