Cornelius B. Erwin

Cornelius B. Erwin (HMRZS)

Location: New Britain, CT 06052 Hartford County
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N 41° 39.979', W 72° 47.207'

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Cornelius B. Erwin 1811 - 1885
Cornelius Erwin was one of New Britain's greatest benefactors and an original shareholder in the Walnut Hill Park Company. He built several successful businesses including Russell & Erwin Manufacturing Company, and was heavily involved in the development of New Britain. Erwin, the son of a shoemaker, arrived in New Britain at the age of 21 with five dollars in his pocket. He left an estate of 1.1 million dollars. Erwin bequeathed his estate to four midwestern colleges and numerous local institutions including the New Britain Institute, Fairview Cemetery Chapel, The Erwin Home, the construction of the Civil War Memorial in Central Park and the South Congregational Church. He also donated fifty thousand dollars as a permanent trust fund to Walnut Hill Park. The income was to be used for maintaining and beautifying the park. The income became available in 1893 and for some time it was the only funding the park commission received for maintenance and improvements. There was some discussion after Erwin's death of naming the park after him, however, it was felt that the town had become accustomed to the name Walnut Hill Park and Erwin himself would have preferred leaving it as such.
Historical Period19th Century, 20th Century
Historical PlacePark
Marker TypeOther
Marker ClassHistorical Marker
Marker StyleMounted
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, September 29th, 2014 at 5:05am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 684253 N 4615095
Decimal Degrees41.66631667, -72.78678333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 39.979', W 72° 47.207'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 39' 58.7400" N, 72° 47' 12.4200" W
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Area Code(s)860
Can be seen from road?No
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 156 W Main St, New Britain CT 06052, US
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