Pomfret (HMDW)

Location: Pomfret, CT 06259 Windham County
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Country: United States of America
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N 41° 51.557', W 71° 59.882'

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The Town began as the "Mashamoquet Purchase," 15,100 acres brought by twelve proprietors in 1686 from James Fitch of Norwich, who had acquired it from the Indian sachem, Owaneco. In 1713 the Town was incorporated and named for Pontefract in Yorkshire, England.

On Old Windhma Road stands the Abington Meeting House (1751), the oldest Connecticut church in continuous use The Pomfret Public Library is the successor to the oldest such society in eastern Connecticut and the Social Library of Abington (1813) is the oldest active library formed by women in America.

The Pomfret Manufacturing Company (1806) located along the Quinebaug River in a section that is now part of Putnam, was the first large cotton textile mill in the State. Among one-time residents of Pomfret are Israel Putnam, a major general in the Revolutionary War; James A. McNeill Whistler, artist; and Louise Chandler Moutlon and Robert Hillyer, poets.
Year Placed1979
Placed ByThe Town of Pomfret, the Pomfret Historical Society, and the Connecticut Historical Commission
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Date Added Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 at 12:07pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)19T E 251151 N 4638499
Decimal Degrees41.85928333, -71.99803333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 51.557', W 71° 59.882'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 51' 33.42" N, 71° 59' 52.92" W
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Area Code(s)860
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 400-435 US-44, Pomfret CT 06259, US
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