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Granby, Connecticut, USA - Old Craig Mill and Pond, No. Granby, Conn.

Granby, Hartford, Connecticut, USA

Granby, in Hartford County, is located in northern Connecticut and shares a border with Massachusetts. The town was settled in 1660 and incorporated in 1786 from a section of Simsbury...

The first unofficial coins in the American Colonies were minted in Granby in 1737.

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Old Craig Mill and Pond, No. Granby, Conn.
Granby, Connecticut, USA

Old Craig Mill and Pond, No. Granby, Conn.
General Store, Town Clerks Office, and Post Office, Granby, Ct.
Granby, Connecticut, USA

General Store, Town Clerks Office, and Post Office, Granby, Ct.
Mill Property of Robert Forsythe, Granby, Conn.
Granby, Connecticut, USA

Mill Property of Robert Forsythe, Granby, Conn.
Main Street, Granby, Conn.
Granby, Connecticut, USA

Main Street, Granby, Conn.

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1786 - (Granby, CT) - The town was settled in 1660 and incorporated in 1786 from a section of Simsbury. towns-page/ granby/
1819 - Granby
Granby is an extensive irregular township, situated in the northern section of the county, bordering upon Massachusetts, seventeen miles from Hartford; bounded on the north by Massachusetts' line, on the east by Suffield and Windsor, on the south by Simsbury and Canton, and on the west by Barkhamsted and Hartland. The average length of the township from east to west is nine and a half miles, and its average breadth from north to south, is more than six miles, comprising an area of about 59 miles, or 37,760 acres...
A Gazetteer of the States of Connecticut and Rhode-Island: Written with Care and Impartiality, from Original and Authentic Materials : Consisting of Two Parts ... with an Accurate and Improved Map of Each State Authors John Chauncey Pease, John Milton Niles Publisher W.S. Marsh, 1819
1839 - Granby
Granby, Connecticut
Hartford county. This town was incorporated in 1786 and was that part of Simsbury which contains the famous Simsbury mines; the old state prison of Connecticut. The cavern, once occupied as a prison, is now worked, as formerly, as a copper mine. This odious place, unfit for the residence of the worst of criminials, is 16 miles N.N.W. from Hartford. The pit or cavern is more than 50 feet in depth, dark, damp and dismal. The worst stigma that can be cast on the good people of Connecticut is, that this infernal region was suffered to remain nearly 40 years the abode of their fellow beings. There are some hills in Granby of considerable elevation. Barn door hills rise between four and five hundred feet, and have the appearance of having been separated by some convulsion of nature. Turkey hills and Salmon brook are pleasant villages, and have the appearance of prosperity. Farmington river waters the former, and a branch of that river, the latter. Population, 1830,... Read MORE...

1854 - Granby
Granby, a post-township of Hartford county, Connecticut, 15 miles N. N.W. from Hartford. This township contains the celebrated Simsbury mines, formerly used as a prison. Population, 2498.
A New and Complete Gazetteer of the United States: Giving a Full and Comprehensive Review of the Present Condition, Industry, and Resources of the American Confederacy ... Thomas Baldwin (of Philadelphia.) Joseph Thomas January 1, 1854 Philadelphia : Lippincott, Grambo & Company 1854.
1886 - Granby
BY William Scoville Case

Although Granby has existed as an independent township only since 1786, the history proper of the tract enclosed in its present limits antedates that period by considerably more than a century. A hasty r‚sum‚ of the history prior to the final separation from Simsbury is necessary for a complete and satisfactory understanding of the later chronicles. The town, as incorporated in October, 1786, comprised an area of about fifty-nine miles, with an average length of nine and one half miles, and a breadth of about six miles. Still later, in 1858, this territory was in turn divided, Ä about one third of the eastern part of the town going to form the present township of East Granby, which includes the famous Newgate Prison. The location of Granby cannot perhaps be better described than by saying that it lies adjacent to and directly south of the irregular notch in the Massachusetts and Connecticut boundary line. It consists of a hilly and irregular district, like... Read MORE...

1895 - Granby
Gran’by, a post-village of Hartford co., Conn., in Granby township, on the New Haven & Northampton Rail road, 47 miles N. of New Haven, and about 16 miles N.N.W. of Hartford. It has 4 churches, an academy, and a manufactory of ivory, bone, &c. Pop. of township (1890) 1251.
Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
2023 - Here's a list of places to go and things to do in Granby:
Salmon Brook Park:

A beautiful park with walking trails, playgrounds, and sports fields. It's a great spot for a leisurely stroll, a family picnic, or some sports activities.

Enders State Forest:

Perfect for nature lovers, this state forest boasts waterfalls and hiking trails. It's a serene escape into the woods and a great place for a day hike.

Lost Acres Vineyard:

For the wine enthusiasts, Lost Acres Vineyard offers a relaxed atmosphere with tastings of their local wines. The scenic vineyard is a lovely place to unwind.

Granby Land Trust Trails:

Explore the natural beauty of Granby through the network of trails maintained by the Granby Land Trust. Hiking here allows you to appreciate the town's diverse landscapes.

Holcomb Farm:

This historic farm offers walking trails, community events, and a chance to connect with the agricultural history of the region. Check out if there are any seasonal events or farmer's markets.

Salmon Brook Historical Society &...

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