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Farmington Canal Maps Published

Simsbury Canal Maps

In partnership with canal expert Carl E. Walter, the Simsbury Free Library (SFL) has just published nine maps of the Farmington Canal. The map series includes one for each of the towns through which the canal once ran: New Haven, …

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Book of World War I letters written by Simsbury native

WWI postcard

Thank you so much to Joe Hall (of Hall’s Farm on Terry’s Plain) for sharing his great uncle’s World War I letters and allowing us to scan them. If you are a Simsbury or WWI history buff, stop in and …

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The Neighborhood House in Weatogue #3

Volume 22 Issue 1, Fall & Winter 2015-16

Part 3: After Sixteen Years, the Mission Comes to an End

At the time the Weatogue Neighborhood House was founded in 1905, the area was experiencing an influx of immigrants from Europe, drawn by hopes of a better life through employment on local tobacco farms and in the safety fuse factories of the Ensign-Bickford Company. At first, the primary focus was welcoming and helping to assimilate these workers, but before long its mission expanded to include projects that reached out to the needy in Hartford and beyond. While the people of the Weatogue section of Simsbury were unquestionably the mainstay of the Neighborhood House, it also attracted supporters from far afield.

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John Case of the Fourth Generation in Simsbury #2

Volume 20 Issue 2, Summer 2013

Part 2: With Shoemaking Underway, His Tannery Opens

The first installment of this article dealt with John Case’s shoemaking business, as reflected by entries in his first account book. He began his book in 1739 at the age of twenty and continued using it into the 1760s. His entries disclose his multiple business and side ventures. Like all his contemporaries, professionals and ministers included, he farmed. After farming and shoemaking, he gave much of the rest of his time and energy to the tanning of animal hides and skins.

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