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Colebrook in Litchfield County, Connecticut — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Colebrook

 
 
Colebrook Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, April 8, 2010
1. Colebrook Marker
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Colebrook
The last town in colonial Connecticut to be settled, Colebrook was named after a town in Devonshire, England. The reason is now unknown, The year 1765 saw Benjamin Horton, leader of a trickle of settlers, arrive amid virgin forests. Samuel Rockwell, among those who shortly followed, two years afterward built one of the outpost's first houses. Here, before long, was born Colebrook's first child, a boy whose parents fittingly named him Alpha. Iron forges soon developed, ore being drawn by oxen from Salisbury for smelting with the plentiful local wood. Cannon for use in the Revolution were made and lugged where needed. A story connects one of these with the piece on exhibit in Quebec whose label states: "Taken by the British at Bunker Hill."
Notable structures from the past crowd about this marker. Northward, on the left is the Samuel Rockwell House (1767); below it is the Colebrook Store (1812), a Greek revival gem and a federally registered historic building.

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To the left stands the combined Historical Society quarters and Town Hall (1816), built as the Colebrook Tavern to serve the needs of travelers on the old New Haven Turnpike, the road just to the right. On the west side of the church in front of the viewer is the Martin Rockwell House (1793);
Colebrook Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, April 8, 2010
2. Colebrook Marker
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and, lastly the church itself rises serenely above the nearby conifers and maples. Its measurements precisely like the one attributed to Charles Bullfinch, an architect of the United States Capitol. The whole forms a setting that has been declared the best-preserved example of a small post-Revolutionary village center that has survived in the State of Connecticut, and perhaps in all New England.
The Town's population peaked just before the Civil War. So did its commercial importance, which was marked by mills, a scythe factory, tanneries, and woolen and wooden-ware works. Today its cool, airy climate and rural quiet each year attract a sizeable summer colony.
Erected by the Town of Colebrook
The Colebrook Historical Society
and the Connecticut Historical Commission
1980
 
Erected 1980 by the Town of Colebrook, Colebrook Historical Society, Connecticut Historical Commission.
 
Location. 41° 59.369′ N, 73° 5.751′ W. Marker is in Colebrook, Connecticut, in Litchfield County. Marker is at the intersection of Colebrook Road and Smith Hill Road, on the right when traveling north on Colebrook Road. Touch for map. Located in front of the Colebrook Historical Society and Town Hall, originally built as the Colebrook Tavern. Marker is in this post office area: Colebrook CT 06021, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Colebrook Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, April 8, 2010
3. Colebrook Marker
At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Colebrook Veterans Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Hale Barn and Trail (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Rock School (approx. 1.4 miles away); M110A2 Howitzer S/P (approx. 3.7 miles away); In Honor of Lambert Hitchcock (approx. 4.4 miles away); Lambert Hitchcock (approx. 4.4 miles away); Riverton (approx. 4.4 miles away); a different marker also named Riverton (approx. 4.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Colebrook.
 
Also see . . .
1. Colebrook, Connecticut on Wikipedia. (Submitted on April 22, 2010, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
2. Colebrook Historical Society. (Submitted on April 22, 2010, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
 
Categories. Colonial EraSettlements & Settlers
 
Colebrook Historical Society and Town Hall image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, April 21, 2010
4. Colebrook Historical Society and Town Hall
Originally the Colebrook Tavern, built in 1816.
Colebrook Congregational Church image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, April 21, 2010
5. Colebrook Congregational Church
Martin Rockwell House - 1793 image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, April 21, 2010
6. Martin Rockwell House - 1793
Samuel Rockwell House - 1767 image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, April 21, 2010
7. Samuel Rockwell House - 1767
The Colebrook Store - 1812 image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, April 8, 2010
8. The Colebrook Store - 1812
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 22, 2010, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 829 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on April 22, 2010, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.
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