Somers (HM25CM)

Location: Somers, CT 06071 Tolland County
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N 41° 59.13', W 72° 26.732'

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Somers Named 1734

Settlement was begun here in "East Enfield" about 1706 by Benjamin Jones, followed in 1713 by Edward Kibbe, James Pease, Timothy Roote, and John McGregory. The Town of Somers was incorporated in 1734 by the General Court of Massachusetts and named for Lord John Somers of England. In 1749 Somers separated from Massachusetts and was annexed to Connecticut. This has always been an agricultural community with potato, tobacco, and dairy farms. The Four - Town Fair was organized in 1838 as a contest to see which of the ten school districts had the most oxen. "Little Sorrel", the favorite horse of Civil War General "Stonewall" Jackson, was born at the Collins Farm on Prink Street, now Springfield Road. Industries have included grist and sawmills and bonnet-making. In 1839 the Billings Satinette Mill was established on the Scantic River. Rockwell Keeney purchased it in 1879 for a woolen mill. As the Somersvillė Mfg. Co. it was the main industry here until 1970.
Erected by the Town of Somers
the Somers Historical Society
and the Connecticut Historical Commission
HM NumberHM25CM
Year Placed1980
Placed ByTown of Somers, Somers Historical Society, Connecticut Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, February 7th, 2018 at 7:01pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 711610 N 4651322
Decimal Degrees41.98550000, -72.44553333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 59.13', W 72° 26.732'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 59' 7.8000000000002" N, 72° 26' 43.92" W
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Area Code(s)860
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 604 Main St, Somers CT 06071, US
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