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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Middletown, Connecticut

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Middletown is the county seat for Middlesex County
Middletown is in Middlesex County
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1 Connecticut, Middlesex County, Middletown — 24th Regiment Connecticut Volunteers Monument
Erected by Members of the 24th Regiment C.V. Citizens of Middletown and State of Connecticut 1904 [ Inscribed in granite on the column ] Port Hudson Irish Bend Baton Rouge Donaldsonville 2nd Brigade 4th Div 19th Army Corps . . . Map (db m24210) HM
2 Connecticut, Middlesex County, Middletown — Bigelow Tavern
Near this spot in 1760 stood Timothy Bigelow's tavern, where travellers and local people gathered to drink rum, trade stories, and oonduct business. In 1776, Bigelow died suddenly, leaving his wife Elizabeth with four children to support. Widow . . . Map (db m98602) HM
3 Connecticut, Middlesex County, Middletown — Commodore Thomas Macdonough
Commodore Thomas Macdonough Victor at Lake Champlain Sept. 11, 1814 Born Dec. 31, 1783   Died Nov. 10, 1825 Buried in Riverside Cemetery Placed by Wadsworth Chapter D.A.R. 1932Map (db m94209) HM
4 Connecticut, Middlesex County, Middletown — Congregation Adath Israel
Rose Schwartzbuch had been in the United States seven years when she married Harry L. Shapiro in 1911, one of the first weddings to be held at Middletown's newly formed Congregation Adath Israel, then located on Union Street. The bridal couple, . . . Map (db m98688) HM
5 Connecticut, Middlesex County, Middletown — Danforth Pewter Shop
In 1756, this simple structure was the birthplace of one of New England's leading craft dynasties, the Danforth family of pewterers. For nearly a century, three generations of Danforth men fashioned everything from plain plates to graceful . . . Map (db m98550) HM
6 Connecticut, Middlesex County, Middletown — deKoven House Community Center
1782 deKoven House Community Center 1942 Middletown, Connecticut 1748 John Lewis deKoven 1821 Founder 1871 Clarence Seymour Wadsworth 1941 Donor Dedicated to the deKoven and Wadsworth families who loved this house and developed . . . Map (db m100314) HM
7 Connecticut, Middlesex County, Middletown — Founders Rock
north side In 1639 Mattabeseck Is First Mentioned in the Records In 1650 The First English Settlement Was Made Near This Spot 1n 1653 The General Court Changed the Name to Middletown In 1672 and 1673 The Title to the . . . Map (db m94206) HM
8 Connecticut, Middlesex County, Middletown — Henry Clay Work
“Hurrah! Hurrah! We bring the Jubilee. Hurrah! Hurrah! The flag that makes you free! Se we sang the chorus from Atlanta to the sea, While we were marching through Georgia”     “Marching through Georgia,” by Henry . . . Map (db m68012) HM
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9 Connecticut, Middlesex County, Middletown — In Honor Of Our Fallen Comrades43rd Infantry Division
( south side ) Connecticut In Honor Of Our Fallen Comrades ( upper plaque ) 43rd Infantry Division Insignia March 1923 – September 1997 Units With Lineage to the 43rd Served in the Following: Revolutionary War . . . Map (db m100091) WM
10 Connecticut, Middlesex County, Middletown — Jehosaphat Starr House
This fine post-and-beam house has been home to numerous prominent Middletown figures since it was originally built in the 1750s. In 1777, Jehosaphat Starr, Jr. left this house, his birthplace, to become a Revolutionary War soldier. Within a few . . . Map (db m98677) HM
11 Connecticut, Middlesex County, Middletown — John L. Levitow Memorial Lane
John L. Levitow Memorial Lane Dedicated - November 28, 2000 In Memory of: Sergeant John L. Levitow, U.S. Air Force Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient “For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life . . . Map (db m100151) WM
12 Connecticut, Middlesex County, Middletown — Middletown
Middletown The area known as Mattabesett, home of the Wangunk Indian tribe, was settled by English colonists from Hartford and Wethersfield in 1650. Situated at the big bend in the Connecticut River, it was named Middletown because it lay halfway . . . Map (db m67814) HM
13 Connecticut, Middlesex County, Middletown — Middletown and the Civil War
By the end of the Civil War, one of every nine Middletown men wearing the Union uniform was dead. They included young David Lincoln, who gave his life in the Battle of Fredericksburg on December 13, 1862. More than 900 soldiers and sailors . . . Map (db m98603) HM
14 Connecticut, Middlesex County, Middletown — Middletown and the Connecticut River
If you stood here in the late 1700s looking east toward the Connecticut River a forest of ship masts would bob before your eyes. On docks lining the riverside, sailors and merchants bustled back and forth to tall ships which had just arrived in . . . Map (db m98549) HM
15 Connecticut, Middlesex County, Middletown — Middletown Honor Roll
( left tablet ) Acaglia Frank T. • Acerboni Ernest A. • Acheson Dean G. • Adamski John • Adamson Ernest L. • Adorno Vincenzo • Agostino Everisto • Ahern Joseph W. • Ahern Maurice J. • Ahlberg Carl A. • Ahlberg Carl L. • Ahlberg Eric A. • . . . Map (db m68014) WM
16 Connecticut, Middlesex County, Middletown — Middletown in the 1600s
The Wangunks, Native American people, lived here at the great bend in the Connecticut River for countless generations before the first Europeans arrived. The Wangunks called their home Mattabeseck. Here they lived in communities of round-topped . . . Map (db m98585) HM
17 Connecticut, Middlesex County, Middletown — Middletown in the 1700s
Middletown entered its golden era during the 1700s. By 1750, a century after its settlement, Middletown was the most populous and one of the richest towns in Connecticut. The town owed its size and prosperity primarily to maritime trade. At . . . Map (db m98586) HM
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18 Connecticut, Middlesex County, Middletown — Middletown in the 1800s
The 1800s brought enormous change to Middletown, transforming its economy, its culture, and the very face of its people. The changes began in 1807, when hostilities between the United States and Great Britain led Thomas Jefferson to ban . . . Map (db m98587) HM
19 Connecticut, Middlesex County, Middletown — Middletown in the 1900s
The 20 century transformed Middletown as completely as the previous one had. The stream of immigrants that began in the mid-1800s now became a flood. Between 1900 and 1910, Middletown's population grew from 17,464 to 21,000 – a 20 percent . . . Map (db m98588) HM
20 Connecticut, Middlesex County, Middletown — Middletown Korea Vietnam Monument
Korea 1950 1955 Vietnam 1961 1975 Beyond the Far Pacific to the Rim of Asia they went – Twice in a Generation – To risk all for Honor and Freedom [back] “You Are Not Forgotten” Sp4 . . . Map (db m24208) WM
21 Connecticut, Middlesex County, Middletown — Middletown Soldiers Monument
Honor To The Brave Their Heroic Valor Ensures Our Lasting Peace Erected By The Town Of Middletown To The Memory Of Her Fallen Sons 1874 ( north face ) Died in service George Barrett. 1st H Art H June 12 ’61 Philadelphia • John . . . Map (db m65484) WM
22 Connecticut, Middlesex County, Middletown — Middletown World War I Monument
[ West plaque ] 1917 The World War 1918 In Grateful Remberance Of The Soldiers and Sailors From Middletown Who Died in the Service of Their Country On These Battlefields Or on the High Seas Or by the Pestilence . . . Map (db m24206) HM
23 Connecticut, Middlesex County, Middletown — Middletown World War II Monument
World War II 1941 – 1945 Their devotion and sacrifices contributed to final victory Dedicated to the men and women of Middletown who served in the Armed Forces of their Country in time of war [inscribed on the tablet . . . Map (db m24205) HM
24 Connecticut, Middlesex County, Middletown — Near This Site In 1750
Near This Site In 1750 The foundations were laid for Middletowns first Protestant Episcopal Church. This building, completed in 1755, was named Christ Church. The predecessor of the Church of the Holy Trinity. In this church the Right Reverend . . . Map (db m68011) HM
25 Connecticut, Middlesex County, Middletown — Old City Hall Bell
This bell was originally part of the clock located in the old city hall tower at 255 Main Street. In 1958, the municipal building was erected at this site. In a joint venture, the city administration appropriated and various citizens donated . . . Map (db m98555) HM
26 Connecticut, Middlesex County, Middletown — Russell House
In 1818, 29-year-old Samuel Russell set sail for Canton, China, to become a merchant in the China trade – and to make his fortune. Within a decade. Russell and Company was a leading firm among American importers, and Samuel Russell was a . . . Map (db m98679) HM
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27 Connecticut, Middlesex County, Middletown — Russell Library
Bbr>Within these brownstone walls, choirs sang hymns, teenagers learned astronomy, and – eventually – Middletown residents of all ages borrowed books. Although this building has housed the Russell Library for well over a century, it . . . Map (db m71116) HM
28 Connecticut, Middlesex County, Middletown — Settling Middletown
About 1650, a handful of English colonists began settling Middletown – then called by its Native American name, Mattabesseck or Mattabesett. The first colonists did not come directly from England, but from early New England settlements like . . . Map (db m98604) HM
29 Connecticut, Middlesex County, Middletown — St. John ChurchAnd the Irish Immigrants
The potato famine that ravaged Ireland in the late 1840s brought poverty and starvation to the Irish people. To survive, more than a million Irish fled their home coming to America on vessels so crowded and disease-ridden that they were termed . . . Map (db m98606) HM
30 Connecticut, Middlesex County, Middletown — St. Sebastian ChurchAnd the Italian Immigrants
Immigrants from Italy settled in Middletown as early as the 1860s, and for several decades the Italian population here increased slowly. Then, at the turn of the 20th century, the trickle of immigrants became a virtual flood. Hundreds of families . . . Map (db m98687) HM
31 Connecticut, Middlesex County, Middletown — The Abolitionist Movement
On this site, on a spring evening in 1834, a violent mob descended on a small group of Middletown residents who had come together to work towards abolishing slavery. The abolitionists, both black and white citizens, were members of the newly . . . Map (db m71118) HM
32 Connecticut, Middlesex County, Middletown — The deKoven House
Middletown became of the richest towns in all New England in the 1700s. during that time, thousands of ships loaded with local products like lumber, barrels, horses, pigs, corn, butter, and beef. The ships sailed down the Connecticut River and . . . Map (db m98690) HM
33 Connecticut, Middlesex County, Middletown — The Freedom Church
About 1828, a handful of Middletown's black residents gathered to worship in the home of Asa Jeffrey, a sea man who lived on Cross Street almost opposite here. The group formed the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, Middletown's first black . . . Map (db m98689) HM
34 Connecticut, Middlesex County, Middletown — The General Mansfield House
The battle of Antietam, the bloodiest day of the Civil War, began early on the morning of September 17, 1862, in Sharpsburg, Maryland. Joseph Mansfield, a 58-year-old general in the Union army, waited anxiously for the signal to lead his ten . . . Map (db m98542) HM
35 Connecticut, Middlesex County, Middletown — The UNESCO Slave Route Project — Middletown, Connecticut: Resistance, Liberty, Heritage —
Launched in 1994, the International and inter-regional project ‘The Slave Route: Resistance, Liberty, Heritage’ addresses the history of the slave trade and slavery through the prism of intercultural dialogue, a culture of peace and . . . Map (db m233446) HM
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36 Connecticut, Middlesex County, Middletown — The Wangunks and Indian Hill
From the peak of the grassy hill behind these gates, Sowheag, leader of the Wangunks, could see for miles, observing the round-topped wigwams of his people in small settlements on both sides of the Connecticut River. The Wangunks called this area . . . Map (db m98684) HM
37 Connecticut, Middlesex County, Middletown — Washington Green
Each of the maple trees that form the "Road of Remembrance" on Washington Green honor a Middletown soldier or sailor who gave his life in World War I. Middletown citizens planted 33 trees on November 14, 1920 to commemorate the city's fallen sons. . . . Map (db m98681) HM
38 Connecticut, Middlesex County, Middletown — Wesleyan University’s “College Row”
In 1825, a visitor standing here would have seen a crowd of boys clad in soldiers uniforms, practicing military drills, or racing to their classes. The cadets, as they were called, were students at the new American Literary, Scientific and . . . Map (db m98686) HM
39 Connecticut, Middlesex County, Middletown — William A. O’Neill
. . . Map (db m100150) HM
40 Connecticut, Middlesex County, Middletown — William J. Johnston
In Memory of William J. Johnston Dedicated - 2001 Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient Private First Class – U.S. Army “For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of life above and beyond the call of duty in action . . . Map (db m100092) WM
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Feb. 26, 2024