“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Derby in New Haven County, Connecticut — The American Northeast (New England)


Derby Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, December 8, 2009
1. Derby Marker
[ front ]
Inscription. [Marker front]:
Birthplace of two distinguished wartime heroes

General David Humphreys, aide-de-camp to General George Washington, accepted the British colors at the surrender at Yorktown, Virginia. Friend of both Washington and General Thaddeus Kosciuszko, Polish patriot and hero of the American Revolutionary War.

Commodore Isaac Hull, commander of the frigate Constitution (“Old Ironsides”) which destroyed the British frigate Guerriere in the first great naval battle of the War of 1812.

Many brave men and women from Derby also served or gave their lives for their country in all wars in which the United States has engaged.

[Marker reverse]:
In 1642 John Wakeman established the first trading post in the Naugatuck Valley at the confluence of the Naugatuck and Housatonic Rivers. Edward Wooster, a Milford pioneer, became the first permanent settler in 1654. The land, originally called Paugassett for the native Paugasuck Indians, was granted rights of a plantation and in 1675 named Derby after Derby, England, former home of some of the settlers. It included what is now Ansonia, Seymour, and parts of Oxford and Beacon Falls. Shipbuilding and agriculture made Derby a major foreign and domestic seaport until the early 1800’s. In 1833
Derby Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, December 8, 2009
2. Derby Marker
[ back ]
Sheldon Smith began a manufacturing center between the two rivers. Industries flourished in the making of iron, copper, organs, pins, silver, bolts, typewriters, harness, hoop skirts, tools, and wheels. The first trolley car in New England ran here in 1888. In 1893, with its present boundaries, Derby became a city. Today it remains an industrial center of great diversity.
Erected 1981 by the City of Derby, the Old Derby Historical Society, and the Connecticut Historical Commission.
Location. 41° 19.77′ N, 73° 4.666′ W. Marker is in Derby, Connecticut, in New Haven County. Marker is at the intersection of Derby Avenue (Connecticut Route 115) and Academy Hill Road, on the left when traveling south on Derby Avenue. Touch for map. Located on the East Derby Green. Marker is in this post office area: Derby CT 06418, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ye Ancient Common (within shouting distance of this marker); Birthplace of David Humphreys (approx. 0.2 miles away); American Liberty Elm (approx. 0.3 miles away); Ansonia (approx. 0.3 miles away); Elm Street School Veterans Memorial (approx.
Derby Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, December 8, 2009
3. Derby Marker
0.3 miles away); Derby and Huntington Civil War Memorial (approx. ¾ mile away); Derby Veterans Monument (approx. ¾ mile away); Derby Firemen’s Memorial (approx. ¾ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Derby.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 15, 2009, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 949 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 15, 2009, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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