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Pomfret in Windham County, Connecticut — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Pomfret

 
 
Pomfret Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, July 10, 2007
1. Pomfret Marker
Inscription. The Town began as the “Mashamoquet Purchase,” 15,100 acres brought by twelve proprietors in 1686 from James Fitch of Norwich, who had acquired it from the Indian sachem, Owaneco. In 1713 the Town was incorporated and named for Pontefract in Yorkshire, England.

On Old Windhma Road stands the Abington Meeting House (1751), the oldest Connecticut church in continuous use The Pomfret Public Library is the successor to the oldest such society in eastern Connecticut and the Social Library of Abington (1813) is the oldest active library formed by women in America.

The Pomfret Manufacturing Company (1806) located along the Quinebaug River in a section that is now part of Putnam, was the first large cotton textile mill in the State. Among one-time residents of Pomfret are Israel Putnam, a major general in the Revolutionary War; James A. McNeill Whistler, artist; and Louise Chandler Moutlon and Robert Hillyer, poets.
 
Erected 1979 by the Town of Pomfret, the Pomfret Historical Society, and the Connecticut Historical Commission.
 
Location. 41° 51.557′ N, 71° 59.882′ W. Marker is in Pomfret, Connecticut, in Windham County. Marker is on U.S. 44 1.6 miles west of Connecticut Route 101. Touch for map
Marker located in front of Town Hall image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, July 10, 2007
2. Marker located in front of Town Hall
. Marker is in this post office area: Pomfret CT 06258, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Brooklyn (approx. 5.5 miles away); Israel Putnam (approx. 5.5 miles away); Ashford (approx. 6.5 miles away); Constitution Oak (approx. 6.5 miles away); Killingly (approx. 7 miles away); Killingly Civil War Monument (approx. 7 miles away); Killingly World War II Monument (approx. 7 miles away); Thompson (approx. 9.8 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Pomfret, Windham County, Connecticut History. (Submitted on July 11, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia.)
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
Abington Meeting House (1751) image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, July 10, 2007
3. Abington Meeting House (1751)
The oldest Connecticut church in continuous use.
Social Library of Abington (1813) image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, July 10, 2007
4. Social Library of Abington (1813)
The oldest active library formed by women in America.
The Pomfret Town House (c. 1841) image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, July 10, 2007
5. The Pomfret Town House (c. 1841)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 11, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,727 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 11, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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