The early days of Middlesex County, CT, and its various communities -- Middletown, Haddam, Chatham, Chester, Durham, East Haddam, Killingworth, and Saybrook --are recalled through a mixture of colorful tales and factual data in this NEW 35 Page Booklet reprinted from the 1836 edition of John Warner Barber's Connecticut Historical Collections. The 8 1/2 x 11" spiral-bound booklet is printed one-sided on 60# paper, with the print enlarged for easier reading. A sheet of clear vinyl has been added to protect the front cover. INSERTED IN THE BOOKLET is a copy of the 1836 Map of Connecticut which accompanied the Barber book. The map is printed in black ink on a parchment-like paper. Among the many and varied topics in the booklet are: the names of Early Settlers and noted residents; early industries; inscriptions from graves and excerpts from newspapers, including one on reaction to the Stamp Act in 1765; name derivations; early church histories; the plan of Main Street in Middletown; Wesleyan University; Judge Hugh White; the poet Richard Alsop; humor and poetry; Indian incidents; Missionary David Brainerd's birthplace and life; the launching of the U.S. Ship Connecticut; subterranean noises and earthquakes; Abel Buell, an ingenious mechanic; Saybrook in the War of 1812; Lady Fenwick's Monument and Major Andross rebuffed by Capt. Bull. ILLUSTRATIONS include a full page view of Middletown, public buildings in Middletown, Wesleyan University, the birthplace of David Brainerd in Haddam, the Episcopal Church in Chatham, Chester, churches in Durham, East Haddam Landing, Mount Tom, Killingworth, Essex, and others.
Middlesex County, CT
Sources: Connecticut Historical Collections; Middlesex County Connecticut Excerpt
Authors: John Warner Barber
Original Publication Year: 1836
Original Publisher: Durrie and Peck and J.W. Barber
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