Simsbury History is Saved and Told

Volume 17 Issue 1  Spring 2010

The Town’s First Three Histories

A headline in the Hartford Courant in 1913 told this remarkable story: “STATE LIBRARY HAS ROLL OF MINUTE MEN, List of Simsbury Volunteers of 1776 Found in Dump Heap.”  The article explained that about thirteen years before Lucius W. Bigelow, who has a place in Simsbury history as its last tin peddler and a veteran of the Civil War, heard that a refuse pile in the backyard of a house in the Weatogue section of Simsbury was going to be burned.  He asked for it to be turned over to him and spent time over two years picking through it.

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