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Durham in Middlesex County, Connecticut — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Durham

 
 
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By Michael Herrick, May 18, 2016
1. Durham Marker
Inscription.
Durham
Coginchaug or “Long Swamp” was purchased from the Indians in 1673. A town plot was laid out in 1699, named Durham five years later, under a patent from King Charles II, and was confirmed by the General Assembly in 1708. It was bounded north by Middletown, east by Haddam, south by Guilford and Killingworth, and west by Wallingford. In 1710 a meeting house was built. One of the first lending libraries in the colonies was formed here in 1733 and the Durham Aqueduct Company, founded in 1798, is one of the oldest public water supplies still operating in the United States. Two oxen were driven from Durham to Valley Forge to help feed General Washington’s army. Native son Moses Austin was responsible for the first legal American settlements in Texas. Originally farming was the chief livelihood. Later mills, tanneries, quarries, metal toy and box factories developed. The annual Durham Agricultural Fair was founded in 1916 and still retains its agricultural character.
Erected by the Town of Durham
the Durham History Committee
and the Connecticut Historical Commission
1979

 
Erected 1979 by Town of Durham, Durham History Committee, Connecticut Historical Commission.
 
Location. 41° 
Durham Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, May 18, 2016
2. Durham Marker
28.268′ N, 72° 40.822′ W. Marker is in Durham, Connecticut, in Middlesex County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street (Connecticut Route 17) and Fowler Road, on the left when traveling north on Main Street. Touch for map. Located on the Durham Town Green. Marker is in this post office area: Durham CT 06422, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Durham Veterans Monument (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); American Legion Post 184 Memorial (about 500 feet away); Moses Austin Birthplace (approx. 0.6 miles away); Congregational Church Bell (approx. 3.6 miles away); Middlefield Honor Roll (approx. 3.6 miles away); Middlefield-Rockfall World War II and Korean Conflict Monument (approx. 3.6 miles away); Middlefield-Rockfall Vietnam War Monument (approx. 3.6 miles away); Site of Old Town Hall (approx. 3.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Durham.
 
Also see . . .
1. Town of Durham, Connecticut. (Submitted on May 18, 2016, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
2. Durham, Connecticut on Wikipedia. (Submitted on May 18, 2016, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
 
Categories. Colonial EraSettlements & Settlers
 
Durham Town Hall image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, May 18, 2016
3. Durham Town Hall
Marker on the Durham Green image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, May 18, 2016
4. Marker on the Durham Green
1732-1932
Route
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Wallingford
Durham
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 18, 2016, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 233 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 18, 2016, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.
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