Colchester in New London County, Connecticut — The American Northeast (New England)
Colonel Henry Champion of Westchester became the Chief Commissary of the Continental army during the Revolutionary War. Responding to an urgent plea from General Washington, he rushed meat from his own cattle to the troops near starvation at Valley Forge.
Doctor John R. Watrous was an army surgeon during the entire Revolution. He became Colchester's most prominent and benevolent citizen, making the welfare of State and Town his prime interest.
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Bacon Academy, noted as an institution of higher learning in the 1800's, had tuition pupils come from all sections of the Nation. Many who became men of national reputation were graduated.
The first school for blacks in the State was held in Colchester from about 1805 to the 1840's.
The Hayward Rubber Company (1847-1893), founded by Nathaniel Hayward, brought the greatest prosperity to the Town from a nationwide business in rubber goods, especially the famous "Colchester Spading Boot".
the Colchester Historical Society
and the Connecticut Historical Commission
Erected 1975 by the Town of Colchester, the Colchester Historical Society and the Connecticut Historical Commission.
Location. 41° 34.451′ N, 72° 19.932′ W. Marker is in Colchester, Connecticut, in New London County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and Norwich Avenue, on the right when traveling north on Main Street. Touch for map. Located on the Colchester Town Green. Marker is in this post office area: Colchester CT 06415, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Colchester Soldiers Monument (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Colchester World War I Monument (about 700 feet away); Colchester World War II - Korean Conflict Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); Colchester Vietnam Veterans Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); Comstock Covered Bridge (approx. 6.2 miles away); Maj. Gen. Joseph Spencer (approx. 6.3 miles away); John Trumbull Birthplace (approx. 7.4 miles away); War Office (approx. 7½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Colchester.
Also see . . .
1. Town of Colchester, CT. (Submitted on October 20, 2016, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
2. Colchester, Connecticut on Wikipedia. (Submitted on October 20, 2016, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
Categories. • Colonial Era • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on October 20, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 20, 2016, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 135 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 20, 2016, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.