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

Greystone Falls

Ireland, Hoadleyville, Greystone

 

—Plymouth, CT —

 
Greystone Falls Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, November 16, 2015
1. Greystone Falls Marker
Inscription.
Eli Terry was born April 13, 1772. In 1793 Eli Terry moved to Plymouth where he was involved in the production of wooden movement clocks. Due to Terry's manufacturing techniques, clocks became affordable to the American household. In 2007, Eli Terry was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame, due to his technological advances in manufacturing. Terry is con- sidered the father of manufacturing in the United States. He died in Terryville on February 24, 1852.

Silas Hoadley was born January 31, 1786. He manufactured clocks with Eli Terry and Seth Thomas. Hoadley continued making clocks in Greystone until about 1849. He made mantel clocks and tall clocks. This section of Plymouth was known as Hoadleyville and later named Greystone. Silas Hoadley was an active citizen in Plymouth and was elected three times to the State Assembly and once, in 1844, to the State Senate. He died in Plymouth on December 28, 1870.

Greystone, also called Ireland and then Hoadleyville, was a busy community in its early history.
Trains regularly stopped at Greystone Station.

The Hancock Brook provided waterpower for early industry.
Waterwheels and later, turbines were used to run the factory machinery.

(timeline at bottom)
1700 – Sawmill Amos &
Greystone Station image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, November 16, 2015
2. Greystone Station
Looking upstream. The falls in the foreground. The bridge over Hancock Brook in the background.
(detail photo from the marker)
Abraham Hickox
1750 – Gristmill Calvin Hoadley
1806 – Clock Factory Eli Terry, Seth Thomas, Silas Hoadley
1810 – Thomas & Hoadley Mechanics in Company
1814 – Silas Hoadley Clock Factory
1850 – Hancock Valley Manufacturing Co.
 
Location. 41° 36.935′ N, 73° 2.162′ W. Marker is in Plymouth, Connecticut, in Litchfield County. Marker is on Greystone Road Ext. 0.2 miles east of Greystone Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Located at the bridge over Hancock Brook. Marker is in this post office area: Plymouth CT 06782, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Waterbury Vietnam War Memorial (approx. 1.8 miles away); Waterville Veterans (approx. 2 miles away); The Navy Cross (approx. 2 miles away); Oakville World War II Memorial (approx. 3.2 miles away); Wolcott’s Pride (approx. 3.3 miles away); Kenea Soldiers Monument (approx. 3.3 miles away); Wolcott Veterans Monument (approx. 3.3 miles away); Constitution Oak (approx. 4 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Eli Terry on Wikipedia. (Submitted on November 23, 2015, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
2. Silas Hoadley on Wikipedia. (Submitted on November 23, 2015, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
Old Clock Factory 1875 image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, November 16, 2015
3. Old Clock Factory 1875
Silas Hoadley’s clock factory along Hancock Brook.
(detail photo from the marker)

 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
Greystone Falls Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, November 16, 2015
4. Greystone Falls Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 23, 2015, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 236 times since then and 46 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 23, 2015, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.
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