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Kent, Connecticut, USA - Cong. Church, Kent, Conn.

Kent, Litchfield, Connecticut, USA

The town of Kent is located in Connecticut’s northwestern county, Litchfield, and shares its western border with New York State. Incorporated in 1739, Kent was once a thriving iron ore producer and farming community. Today, the town is a rural residential community with many small neighborhoods, including Flanders, the Cobble, and Bulls Bridge...
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Kent School
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"Kent School is a private, co-educational college preparatory school in Kent, Connecticut, United States. The Reverend Frederick Herbert Sill, Order of the Holy Cross, established the school in 1906 and it retains its affiliation with the Episcopal Church of the United States..." wikipedia
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1739 - (Kent, CT) - Incorporated in 1739, Kent was once a thriving iron ore producer and farming community.

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1819 - Kent
Kent is a post township, situated in the southwestern section of the county, 45 miles from Hartford; bounded on the north by Sharon and Cornwall, on the east by Washington and Warren, on the south by New-Milford and Sherman, and on the west by the State of New-York; having an average length of nearly 8 miles, and an average breadth of more than 6 miles, containing 48 square miles...

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
1836 - Kent
The tract now comprising the towns of Kent and Warren was sold at auction at the court house in Windham, in March, 1738. The settlement commenced the same year. The town was laid out in fifty three shares. The principal settlers were rom Coichester, Fairfield and Norwalk. Payne, Washburn, Wright, Ransom and Platt, were from Colchester; the Comstocks were from Fairfield; and the Slausons, Canfields and Bassetts, were from Norwalk. The town was incorporated, and vested with town privileges at the session of the Legislature in October, 1739. The first minister was the Rev. Cyrus Marsh, ordained in May, 1741. The settlement of the town was rapid. In May, when Mr. Marsh was ordained, the church consisted of ten males only; but before the end of the year, there was an addition of fifty three persons, male and female, principally by recommendations froth other churches.

Kent is characteristically mountainous; it is bounded N. by Sharon, E. by Warren, s. by New Milford, and w. by the state ... Read MORE...

1839 - Kent
Kent, Connecticut
Litchfield county. First settled, 1738. Incorporated, 1739. Population, 1830, 2,001. Kent is 50 miles W. from Hartford, 50 N.W. from New Haven, and 15 W. from Litchfield. This is a mountainous township, with some fine land on the banks of the Housatonick, which passes through its western border. Good iron ore is found here. There are three furnaces in town but the manufacture of iron is not so extensive as formerly. The Housatonick, calm and still, winding gracefully at the foot of a high and rugged mountain, renders the scenery from the neat and quiet village, highly picturesque and beautiful.

"There is in this town," says Dr. Trumbull, "convincing evidence that it was a grand seat of the native inhabitants of this country, before Indians, who more lately inhabited it, had any residence in it. There are arrow heads, stone pots, and a sort of knives, and various kinds of utensils, frequently found by the English, of such curious workmanship as exceeds all the... Read MORE...

1842 - (Kent, CT) - One lane Bull's Bridge (covered bridge) built over Housatonic River, designed by Ithiel Town

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1854 - Kent
Kent, a post-township in the W. part of Litchfield co., Connecticut, intersected by the Housatonic river, and by the Housatonic railroad, about 44 miles N. W. from Hartford. Population, 1848.
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.
1895 - Kent
Kent, a post-village of Litchfield co., Conn., in Kent township, on Housatonic River, and on the Housatonic Rail road, 48 miles N.N.W. of Bridgeport, and 24 miles N. of Danbury. It has 2 churches and the works of the Kent Iron Company. There are several blast-furnaces in the township. Pop. of the township, 1744.
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 Kent:
Kent Falls State Park:

Start your visit with a trip to Kent Falls State Park. The waterfall here is stunning, and there are hiking trails for all skill levels.

Kent Town Center:

Explore the quaint town center with its unique shops, galleries, and cafes. It's a perfect place to stroll around, grab a coffee, and enjoy the small-town atmosphere.

Sloane-Stanley Museum:

If you're interested in history and art, the Sloane-Stanley Museum is a must-visit. It features exhibits related to early American life and the works of artist Eric Sloane.

Connecticut Antique Machinery Association Museum:

This museum is a hidden gem for those fascinated by machinery and history. It houses a collection of beautifully preserved antique machines.

Bulls Bridge:

Check out Bulls Bridge, an historic covered bridge that spans the Housatonic River. It's a great spot for photography and a peaceful walk.

Hiking on the Appalachian Trail:

Kent is located along the Appalachian Trail, and ... Read MORE...

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