Bissell Ferry

Bissell Ferry (HM25FK)

Location: South Windsor, CT 06074 Hartford County
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Country: United States of America
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N 41° 51.533', W 72° 36.241'

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Bissell Ferry 1641 - 1917

The first ferry crossing of the Connecticut River was tended by John Bissell in 1641. This road leads to the landing place where succeeding generations of Bissells, and finally the Town, kept this Ferry in continuous operation until 1917. Main Street, the "Highway", was laid out by order of the General Court in 1672. At this corner stood the tavern kept first by David and then Aaron Bissell.
Later the home of Daniel G. Sperry, it was the birthplace of the Hon. Lewis Sperry, Congressman and Lawyer. Dr. Ella Sperry, 2nd woman doctor in the United States, and Ruth Thompson Sperry, co writer of Stiles "History Of Ancient Windsor".
At the barn north of the Tavern, stages stopped to change horses enroute to Boston or New York. Across the street is the house built in 1788 by John Watson, Merchant and Farmer. North of the Watson house stands the 1772 house where Daniel Burnap built his clocks. The three large brick houses facing the street were built by the Bissells. John Adams, riding through here in 1771, recorded in his diary. "Today I rode through Paradise".
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HM NumberHM25FK
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Date Added Sunday, February 11th, 2018 at 10:01am PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 698873 N 4636884
Decimal Degrees41.85888333, -72.60401667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 51.533', W 72° 36.241'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 51' 31.98" N, 72° 36' 14.46" W
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Area Code(s)860, 203
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2-398 Ferry Ln, South Windsor CT 06074, US
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