New Hartford

New Hartford (HM1QR7)

Location: New Hartford, CT 06061 Litchfield County
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N 41° 52.505', W 72° 58.053'

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In 1732 the Connecticut General Assembly gave Hartford and Windsor permission to establish seven towns in the colony's Western Lands. New Hartford was given to 182 Hartford taxpayers who became the new town's proprietors. They organized and hired surveyors to lay out suitable home lots and highways. Settlement began in 1734 on Town Hill and West Hill. A meetinghouse was completed by 1749 at the town's center on Town Hill
While farming was the main occupation, grist and saw mills soon thrived on the Windsor (now Farmington) and Nepash (or Nepaug) Rivers. In the early 1800's, economic interest shifted from agricultural to industrial and population centers moved from the hilltops to the river valleys.
Major industries sprang up in New Hartford Centre (now Nepaug), Bakerville, Satan's Kingdom, Kelloggsville (Pine Meadow), and North Village (now New Hartford Center).
The Greenwoods Company produced cotton duck for the United States military and for the sails of the Vigilant, defender in the America's Cup races. Others included the Chapin-Stevens Company, which made planes, levels, and rules; and D. B. Smith Company. Two railroads had lines in town. In 1901 the Greenwoods Company cotton mills moved to the South. By the time of the Great Depression, most industries had collapsed and people moved elsewhere, leaving only small, family run businesses. The town changed rapidly: the railroads were removed; several major floods caused serious damage; two dams with reservoirs and three major highways were built. Today, new industries have located here, including Waring, Ovation Instruments, and Hitchcock Chair Company. Marcus H. Holcomb, Governor of Connecticut 1915-1921, was born here. Elias Howe built the first practical general purpose sewing machine here, patented in 1846.
HM NumberHM1QR7
Year Placed1977
Placed ByTown of New Hartford, the New Hartford Historical Society, Inc., and the Connecticut Historical Commission
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Date Added Friday, February 19th, 2016 at 1:01pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 668655 N 4637904
Decimal Degrees41.87508333, -72.96755000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 52.505', W 72° 58.053'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 52' 30.3" N, 72° 58' 3.18" W
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Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 383-403 US-44, New Hartford CT 06061, US
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